Mr. A. W. presently works in the State Secretariat, Jalingo, Taraba state. He reports to work at about 7am every morning and closes by 4pm.
If you have ever encountered Mr. A. W, then write his full name in the comments section below.
That’s a tradition he has maintained for the past 35 years in the Civil Service. Apart from being punctual to work, Mr. A.W is also known to promptly complete every task assigned to him. He is known with these habits wherever he is posted to. This does not only earn him the respect of his colleagues, but his seniors and juniors in the workplace hold him in high esteem.
According to him, important qualities that need to be in place in any successful working environment are punctuality and discipline. Even God is happy with him, he said jokingly; as he has never missed any promotion and never had any major setbacks in life, except ones that build him up and make him better, he concluded. Do you agree with him?
Being punctual is usually associated with being on time or grammatically, as being precise. Punctuality in the workplace also refers to the quality of being able to complete a required task or obligation before or at a designated time.
Discipline, as it relates to the workplace, refers to the way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey set rules in the working environment.
A lot of the times we find these two important qualities missing in our workplace most especially in the public sector thereby affecting the level of success in the Civil Service.
Based on recent observations, it has been noticed that public office holders lack these very important qualities and have imbibed the “eye service” approach of doing work which has become more or less cancerous in our Federal, State and Local Government parastatal.
As we have seen from Mr. A.W’s example above, individuals who are disciplined are not only successful professionally but also in their personal lives. Disciplined and punctual employees are liked and appreciated by not only their superiors but also other fellow workers. Such employees climb the success ladder quickly as compared to individuals who attend office just for the sake of it and they often find themselves out of the system in no time.
Misbehaving at the workplace spoils the entire work culture eventually leading to zero or very less productivity. You need to understand that there is a difference between office and home and you just can’t behave in the same way at work as you behave at home. Discipline is crucial at workplace as it ensures employees behave in a decent way and also maintain the decorum of the workplace.
Discipline and punctuality make you a confident professional. You are not only in the good books of your superiors but also become a source of inspiration for your fellow workers. Employees who concentrate on their work rather than interfering in their colleague’s finish their work on time and do not have to sit beyond the working hours.
If you take a leave every week, it is but obvious you will be called on a holiday to finish your pending assignments. Trust me, being disciplined and punctual allow you to enjoy your work and office never becomes a boring place.
Disciplined employees seldom find their names dragged in controversies or nasty politics. Trust me; no one would respect you if you are not disciplined and punctual.
The question is, as honest and hardworking Tarabans, how can we improve the quality of Civil Service provided by the public sector thereby improving our chances at success in aiding the rescue team succeed in their mission? Voices on the street is the voice of the people, let our voice be heard as we contribute our quota.