I recently came across a news item that quoted an Electricity and Water Authority circular saying there would be stringent action against those misusing the authority’s vehicles and that all of them would have modern tracking systems installed.
Penalties would range from a suspension and a 10-day salary deduction as a first warning to dismissal from service for repeat offenders.
The authority also listed rules against speeding, use of vehicles for personal work, smoking, stopping in places which are not within the scope of work and keeping the engine running for more than 30 minutes at a stretch while parked.
The circular also asked all employees to abide by the laws, regulations and traffic rules, maintain public safety and avoid anything that would harm the authority’s reputation.
Needless to say, these measures deserve our unlimited support since they are courageous and bold, and in the interest of work ethics, while encouraging everyone to carry out all work in a disciplined and professional manner.
It is also a fact that these measures will be opposed by many employees since it is discipline that most of us lack, not only at work but in our personal lives as well.
Discipline, adherence to laws and regulations and a keenness to complete all work with professionalism, honesty and proficiency form the essence of being successful. Everyone must adhere to all these rules at all times.
I am not giving lessons in management but speaking from my personal 40-year-plus of experience during which I have learnt many lessons while attending conferences and specialised training courses, in addition to experiences at work.
Some would say these procedures are unfair and would make workers feel oppressed but one must understand these have been put in place in the public interest and to protect everyone, while maintaining order and decorum.
On the other hand, employers should do justice to all employees and honour the distinguished among them so that they are examples to others. Institutions should also seek to achieve quality performance by strengthening work ethics, which in turn is reflected in community growth.
This cannot be achieved without set standards that regulate the workflow and enhance trust between institutions and beneficiaries. It is an essential element in the success of the relationship with the public, employees and other institutions.
Adherence to ethical principles and behaviour is of great importance to various segments of society and strengthens commitment to the principles of correct and honest work.
If we want to work and assume responsibility with all credibility and honesty, we must adhere to discipline and follow regulations and laws in all aspects of life while making discipline daily behaviour and practice.
We should also give our children lessons in management and work ethics and set an example for our people with kindness and generosity.