Day 6-Service to my God and my country (in the workplace)

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Morale, office politics, Pledge 1

I solemnly pledge to dedicate my life

We defined ‘ to dedicate my life’ to mean, in part, that we dedicate our daily activities, in whatever sphere of pursuit, as a form of service. The nation’s productivity its workforce- teachers, clerks, taxi drivers, police officers, engineers,accountants, receptionists etc. Our performance at work is a form of service to our God and our country. Today we will look at the importance of Tolerance in the workplace. Is your office, store, school, workshop underperforming because people can’t get along? Doesn’t  interpersonal conflict affect productivity, quality of service and efficiency in your workplace? In our homes we may have a some understanding of each others’ quirks and sensitivities,  in the workplace it is much less so. As such we need an extra dose of tolerance, self control and patience to maintain good relations in the workplace. Nepotism, jealousy, bullying, laziness and gossiping can rob the workplace of good morale. Occasionally there may be co-workers who are dealing with depression, physical abuse, grief and bipolar disorder which causes them to exhibit antisocial behaviour. Often people come into the workplace with a range bad habits and bad attitudes because of how they were brought up. Believe it or not, they just don’t know how to do better. So what can you do to improve the morale in your workplace? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  2. Don’t be part of the problem- stop gossiping, bullying and engaging in unfair dealings- be part of the solution.
  3. Stay motivated, upbeat and professional regardless of what others are doing around you.
  4. Put your head down and do your job. Successful people have no time engage in meaningless gossip and arguments.
  5. Seek help from the right people. Counselling may be available at your workplace through the Employee Assistance Programme if you or one of your co-workers need support.
  6.  Speak up for yourself, there are laws against bullying and harassment in Trinidad and Tobago. By speaking out you may even help someone else.
  7. Be assertive not aggressive. In other words don’t be a bully by shouting, slamming doors, throwing things, glaring, being vindictive etc.
  8. When you have a difference of opinion with someone, be humble remember that you are not always right.
  9. Try to keep your disagreements amicable. Deal with the issue at hand don’t attack the person.
  10. Try to see the best in everyone even those with bad habits and bad attitudes. As with children you need to praise them for the things they do well.

What else would you add to the list? Put your response in the comment section below.

Be the change you want to see in T&T

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