Silence of diligent workers
It is understandable that superiors manage many things and work under pressure for being responsible for the success or failure, but an effective superior recognises the real workers and understands their intentions.
Somewhere at a workplace, a discussion was going on between two employees. The discussion was casual but addressing a critical topic. The first employee was upset with the behaviour of his superiors. As he was exceptionally disturbed, he was expecting someone to be on his side so that others can realise that what had happened with him was not fair and he does not deserve it.
On the other hand the second employee was little more experienced and mature so he agreed to listen to the first employee. Continuing to their discussion, the first employee added that we understand that every organisation is result oriented and its employees make an attempt to be effective so that they can match up with the expectations of the organisation. In these attempts an employee involves himself so much in the assignment or project that sometimes he looses his contact with the outside world.
Despite of the best efforts, every time one cannot deliver better and improve results, though superior always expect the same without understanding that situation and circumstances do not remain same in all the projects. Above all our nine good things out of ten are ignored in front of one single failure. It seems that everyday one has to prove one self’s worth to the employer to remain in the organisation. It is very disappointing and demotivating for the employees who are dedicated towards the organisation.
Why do not superiors understand that it is not possible for everyone to express or show sincerity and honesty? Some employees posses verbal skills to attract and prove their loyalty and genuineness, but what about others who are silent workers? Silent workers are effective as their main objective is to work and give results in the best possible manner. They have been proved to be pillars of the successful organisations. It is very regretful that these days in the current corporate culture where showing more and doing less, presenting more and delivering less has become the trend. It gives an impression that real workers who believe in fundamental development are not encouraged, instead the attention is on the workers who have introduced glamour at the workplace.
Are we going off the track from our rich heritage of working culture, where work was worshipped and workers were treated as instrument for worship? It is frustrating for many of the employees like me who work day and night for the wellbeing of the organisation even by sacrificing family life. Though employees like me do not claim for the appreciation but at the same time do expect from superiors who must understand our intentions.
Breaking his silence the second employee softly entered in the discussion, saying that whatever the first employee said might be acceptable in proportion but could not be accepted in totality. The emergence of the present corporate culture is due to the impact of the businesses those have broken the geographic barriers and expanded themselves in the bigger and developed markets. The blend of technological intelligence and increased competitions forced the businesses to be demanding.
In that case, workers need to align themselves with the pace of the business. Introducing glamour in the corporate culture is the reason to keep the environment vibrant and young so that employees can enjoy their workplace. Moreover, introduction of new things and processes helps organisations to remain competitive in the market and improve the positioning of the organisation. Work is still worshipped and workers are still treated as instruments of worship, but style and concept has changed. It is agreeable that in some cases silent workers are not encouraged, but on the other hand one must understand it is a competitive market. Just like organisations define their position in the business market, in the same way an employee needs to define his position in the organisation only then he will be recognised and appreciated.
It is understandable that superiors manage many things and work under pressure for being responsible for the success or failure, but an effective superior do recognise the real workers and understand their intentions. There are only few superiors who are sightless with their own success and do not take care of workers who contribute to their success. It is advisable to keep on working diligently as a contributor till you are recognised. (Prof Arora is a Punjab-based career skill developer with more than 15 years of business experience. He can be contacted at arora_man[email protected]iffmail.com)