NEW NORMAL, GO AWAY!

‘Lockdown for 21 days’- many generations witnessed it for the first time in their lives, perplexed and scared, we all waited, unaware of what was going to happen next.  As COVID started spreading its tentacles, lockdown increased. We felt blessed to be at home, safe and together with family and started to spend the time by playing games, making video calls, finish the pending movies and series on our watchlist and experimenting with many new recipes.

As we were adapting to the new changes in our routine, work from home was declared for majority and online classes were started too. Offices and schools were managed and executed from the very comfort of our homes. Initially, we all were happy that work and learning would continue, but for this long, we never thought or imagined. Every month we kept on expecting a miracle for COVID to get vanish, but the cases increased.

I am sure many homemakers, like me, must be dead tired by now. In the pre-covid times, we used to have our ‘me time’, but not anymore. After my husband left for work and kids went to school, I had a lot of free time, but now I crave to get 15 minutes during the day. With offices and schools entering our homes, the meaning of ‘home’ seems to get faded somewhere. Earlier after coming back to home, we used to relax, but now we want to get out of the house. Sanitizing the groceries, managing online classes, the skewed meal times due to anytime office calls, the hushing up of kids during meetings, looking for a new game for kids every other day, etc., etc. We homemakers are really frustrated right now, at least, I am!    

I really had enough now and I don’t like this ‘new normal’ anymore. I long for the pre-covid times when everyone could walk out of the house without any worry. My kids also want to go to their school and meet their friends. We want to travel places, but not with our masks on and botheration to sanitize everything around us.

The ‘new normal’ taught us many things like proper utilization of resources, restricting impulsive buying, enjoying in tough times and a lot more. We have learnt our lesson and hope the ‘old normal’ returns soon!

Business Tycoons talk about ‘Workplace Culture.’

WORK CULTURE & EMPLOYER

A healthy work culture doesn’t depend on the employees only but it also depends on the employer in an organisational or a company set up.

The employer has to make sure that the employees are co-operative with each other and each employee is treated as one.

He also needs to see that the top performers are duly appreciated and rewarded as yesterday we read how encouragement can be a lucrative incentive for their performances.

The employer also needs to see and form employee friendly policies and feasible guidelines. Unnecessary rules and regulations to display his boss-ship are useless and not at all profitable for the organisation.

Another important aspect an employer needs to think about is to build leadership qualities in capable employees and delegating authorities and responsibilities to them. Proper delegation of authority and building next line leadership is very vital in modern day’s organisations.

No doubt a healthy work culture leads to satisfied employees and an increased productivity but the employer has the sole responsibility of creating and maintaining that particular healthy work culture in the organisation.

— Chiradeep

WORK CULTURE & ENCOURAGEMENT

I have only a year’s experience to show for as my corporate life so far. But even in this year I could see the way my job affected my day to day life. I believe the kind of job you do dictates your mood on the job or away from it. If you love it, all is good in the world. If not, well… God save the poor souls around you.

I for one have had more bad than good days; maybe because of me being young, temperamental and susceptible. I believe everybody does the best on their work. But it’s when they are not appreciated for a job well done, the frustration and helplessness kicks in. Nobody minds being reprimanded for an unaccomplished task. But they also like being patted on the back for a good one.

I believe appreciation is a fundamental building block for a healthy work environment. Two words of encouragement goes a long way with a person, induces loyalty too.

— Shiny (AVISHIKTA)

WORK CULTURE & TIME

I have seen people fixing appointments at one time but meeting 1 or 2 hours late. I get irritated when people keep me waiting for them. I always ask my wife to get ready in time and not to keep others wait for us in anyway. Time is valuable whether we wait for somebody or somebody waits for us.

Now, when it comes to deadlines for our assignments how prompt are we to finish it! In corporate sectors we have to do it on time or else there’s a repercussion to it. But in NGO sectors we take deadlines for granted as the consequences are not harsh enough to stir us or give us a sense of fear. However, we need to remember that we might suffer loss in the long run if we don’t value the importance of time.

Time is vital for developing a healthy work culture at all the work places or in any areas of life. So keep to time.

Stay Blessed!

— Chiradeep

WORK CULTURE & LAZINESS

Laziness is something that eats up a person and the organisation he/she works in. There will never be a healthy work culture in an organisation or company whose employees are lazy and lethargic. We don’t find a healthy work culture in government offices due to this lethargic attitude.

The book of Proverbs describes the characters & conditions of these people who are lazy which I found very interesting, thus I am mentioning them as follows with suitable titles:

1. Disgrace to the Sender/Appointee/Employer: “As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.”

2. Makes False Excuses: “The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”

3. Foolish & Proud: “The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.”

4. Have a difficult life: “The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.”

“The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.”

Don’t you think it is disgusting to be lazy and not to have a good work culture. If we are somewhat like this, let’s change our attitude towards our work. The proverb says again, “How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?” It further instructs, “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise.”

Yes, Ants are wiser because they have a very organised & toiling work culture. Let’s learn from them.

Stay Blessed!

— Chiradeep

(Quoted from: Proverbs 6:6, 9; Proverbs 10:26; Proverbs 20:4; Proverbs 21: 25; Proverbs 22: 13; Proverbs 26: 13, 16)