Saturday, 19 April 2014
Change to the positive!.....++++++...+++++...+++++++
Building Work place reputation, at least self
19 April 2014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This piece of writing is merely a limited research compiled from limited sources and
personal experience. It is neither a result of any proper research.
Employees are believed to be the back bone and the most important
resources of any organization. Skilled work force is a reliable asset to
push the business forward.
At the same time, conducive working environment is a place to build
self excellence and work place reputation for individuals.
Proper coaching and training is meant to help as a spring board for
innovation, improvement and discovering the potential within and
In most developing world however; conducive company working
platforms are hardly available; access to training is seldom found and
they don’t practically value their employees as they should. In effect,
therefore, employees may become underperforming mainly due to lack
of motivation, skill gap and underpayment; resistant to change, and in
the long term loses hope and find loop holes as escaping mechanism
with a high risk to the companies and themselves.
I recently read an article on addisfortune newspaper written by
Abdulmena Hamza how our banks are becoming victims mainly by
their own employees. Overvaluation of security, issuing of Cash
Payment Order (CPO) without securing sufficient funds from customers,
releasing import documents before receiving full funds, transferring
funds out of dormant accounts, putting counterfeit signatures on
special clearance forms by bank messengers so that a customer
account is credited, outright theft by tellers and approving Non
Sufficient fund (NSF) cheques are some of the risks facing the banks
as the writer stated.
It is a pity to know banks, which are supposed to be automated to the
highest standards like their peers in the other world to minimize such
risks, are susceptible as such and their businesses still remain
predominantly traditional and manual irrespective of the underlying
challenges. I don’t even have an easy option to pay and upgrade my
LinkedIn account where I am posting this article as their systems are
as manual as the extent of this.
Latest research findings also clearly supports, pity corruption and theft
are becoming a challenge in other organizations and institutions
throughout the nation as well. If the trend is left unattended, even for
a while, it will become a grand threat as the economy grows in size.
If employees, who are supposed to make a positive impact in the
organizations and companies, are engaged in the other way round, I
think, moral values should be re-reevaluated and reformulated. It is
not easy to make a positive change in the working culture of
companies at an individual level. Even, at times, when we try for the
good, people may be jealousy of our activities and try to make
negative plots, bosses if convinced with our capabilities may leave as
overburdened without proper recognition or reward, or at other
instances we may be in the wrong place with a team of wrong attitude.
These are merely the few challenges we encounter in our way of
building reputations in the work places. We shall never stop trying to
improve and help modernize the system we are working with to move
the company we work in forward and to grow ourselves up. Building
reputation requires commitment, hard work and at times sacrifices.
If we dare take the risk to the extent of fraud and theft in our own
organizations, I believe, the challenges I mentioned earlier for good
are far less to swallow.
May be, what we did may remain hidden from others for so long but
we are prone to suffer psychologically as it is not possible to hide from
oneself after all.
Successful people who left positive legacies in different companies and
organizations were, I believe, faced the same challenges along their
way. How they overcame the obstacles remain the difference though.
I better tell you a story of two brothers, whose father was so careless
to his family and the neighbors. Respected not his elders, mistreated
his wife and had a kind of the worst character by default.
Growing in the same environment though, one of the boys developed a
character of exact copy of his father and the other quite the opposite.
The second loved his job, respected his wife, gave due attention to his
children, in essence built an esteemed character.
People around, surprised how the difference in behavior comes, were
tempted to question them. In doing so, they got literally the same
answers. Both of them responded that they developed these
characters because of the influence of their father.
Explaining how however; the first assumed the actions of his father
were right and followed his steps but the second learned that the
actions of his father were all wrong and decided to be the opposite and
cultivated himself from the very beginning.
Irrespective of the same experience while growing, the two brothers
saw the same event from two different angles. So, what matters to
them was their perspective, not their experience.
From this seemingly simple story, I hope, we can take a lesson in our
daily lives. It is up to our head to make a choice in whatever situation
we may be.
Success shall not always be counted only on the basis of money we
collected. I do not underestimate the importance of money for our
lives but I can tell with confidence that change makers are always
remembered far more than people with swollen bank accounts. They
are also the, most likely, happiest and proudest people.
Let us make positive contributions and leave unforgettable legacies
and build reputations in work places rather than causing and paying
unnecessary risks in our endeavors, therefore.
Thank you for dropping by,
Posted by Tigabu Atalo