The old adage “It takes a village to raise a child” addresses the issue of teamwork; the need for each of us to play his/her role in the successful development of an individual. Having accepted the literal meaning of this saying, we can venture forth and apply it to a variety of settings. Let us examine this saying in the context of the work place. In this case, the village would be “the employers and employees” and the child, the “business, institution, etc.’. What, therefore, is your role in ensuring the success of the business or institution with which you are employed? A number of you would dare say-it is not my place, so I do not care. Well, here is a news alert for you “a failed business or institution will eventually mean a loss of your job-either through redundancy or the like. I guess you were not thinking that far ahead. Well, it is important that you are always one step ahead. It is important that you recognize that the part you play in an organization is destined to either assist in its success or its failure. If you continually keep this in mind, you will perform on the job like you are the owner of the establishment; and so doing, make every effort to secure your livelihood and possibly groom yourself for the ownership of your own establishment. We can ensure the success of the organizations/businesses with which we are affiliated by ensuring that we communicate appropriately and effectively, exhibit respect for colleagues, produce quality work, respect deadlines, and most of all ensure that we realize intrinsic satisfaction by way of personal and professional growth.
Communication is often the most popular reason for strained relationships in the work environment. Communication issues range from either a lack of communication or inappropriate and ineffective communication. Many a time during a normal working day, we encounter unnecessary harshness from colleagues or mete out the same. We avoid simply saying good morning to our colleagues by walking past with a straight face as if to give the impression that we had not seen them. We see supervisors and colleagues from one department refusing to work with individuals from other departments plainly because “their spirit did not mesh with the other person, or in colloquial terms “They just didn’t like the other person’s head”. Sometimes, this happens merely because we want to see others fail, oblivious to the idea that their failure may impact on us or our departments.
This leads me to the issue of “respect for our colleagues”. The display of mutual respect for each other in the work place, or the lack therefore, can greatly impact on the success we realize as individuals, within our departments, or within the establishment or institution to which we are affiliated. Our insecurity as individuals often contributes to this issue. We are so scared that we may be outshone by our colleagues that we stall or refuse to respond when they request information from us or vice versa. In certain instances, this stalling goes on until the request comes from the top; and as such, we suffer unnecessary embarrassment. Another contributor to this situation is mere malice. We are so set on seeing each other fail that we do all in our power to bring about that failure. In the end, we may pretend that we were unaware of the request, of its importance, or the urgency of complying. Sad, but true, the story that eventually filters through the office grapevine merely paints us as elements portentous to our growth or the growth of the businesses or institutions that are unfortunate to be our victims.
Additionally, the quality of our work now becomes a point for scrutiny. Many of us do not realize that facilitation of the success of another department can be one way that the quality of our work or our worth is judged within an establishment. Stalling the progress of a project could, therefore, mean that one is a liability to that institution/establishment as the consequence of our action could be dire for the business or institution. In other words, if you choose to stall the efforts of timely delivery of work, or break the link within the departments, you would be better off being part of the history of that organization or establishment unfortunate to have you in its employ.
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