Sharifa Al Toobiya -
SOME people pin their dreams on getting a government job and when they get it they end up doing nothing other than enjoying the privilege of having a fixed salary paid to them at the end of each month. When their dreams become reality they feel proud about it and utterly satisfied for having their names registered in the employees’ list. Regrettably, the majority of employees think as such, for them the concept of the job is confined to the benefits associated with it and nothing else. Anything beyond the job advantages is of no importance to them.
Some employees are stuck in jobs not matching their abilities and competencies; still they feel that everything is alright since the job ensures a monthly income that enables them to cater to their every need. They can buy a new phone and pay the instalments of a luxurious car or other unnecessary items.
However, the important questions are: To what extent do you feel satisfied with your job? Have you established a good relationship with your job? Have you been honest in handling the tasks assigned to you? It is not enough to become an employee, to attend office in the morning and return home at the end of the working day without having the slightest sense of duty. Unfortunately, this behaviour is rampant among a wide segment of employees.
It is not a secret that some employees play all sorts of tricks to evade their duty, they seize every chance to escape from office. Some of them put aside their work to do personal things during office hours. Others resort to fawning and flattery to get promotion or benefits which they do not deserve.
Being dishonest at the workplace has many negative effects, not the least of which is that other employees are burdened with additional duties while others stay inactive and non-productive. This behaviour causes the dealers to lose precious time while waiting for their transactions to be processed. It is not uncommon to see large numbers of people standing in long queues that move at a snail’s pace and the reason is an employee lacking in honesty and knowing nothing about the job ethics.
Such employees not only do harm to their office colleagues and the dealers but they also stifle their capacities. By doing so they miss the pleasure of accomplishing the tasks and the satisfaction associated with this because they prefer to sleep at their desks, read newspapers or make long phone calls.
The most serious effect of being dishonest at work is that in the long run it can cause serious damage on the national level as it reduces productivity whether directly or indirectly.