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Having discussed the needed new set of morals in the last two blogs, I thought it would be beneficial to reflect on how to apply that in our workplace whether it be in educational institutions, corporations, governments or NGO.
First let’s look at our lives, current workplace policies, and culture. Next, we will discuss a plan, going forward.
From the time we are born and throughout our lives, we live under numerous different policies and governance systems. At home, it’s the parents’ policy which dictates bedtime, eating habits, and who our friends are. In our educational lives, there are school policies for conduct, attendance, midterms and final exam rules, etc. And in university, the policies are dictated by the administration and we are taught what the professor chooses to teach us in whatever course we are studying.
Joining our companies after selecting a career path, there are additional corporate policies for attendance, conduct, dress code, performance KPIs, and penalties should we violate the above.
In our respective countries, there are laws and rules for traffic, economics, and common laws which if violated, warrant penalization.
We understand and accept these laws and rules because they maintain order and ensure that no harm comes to anyone without penalization. We accept that these entities or institutions have the right and authority to enforce their rules to protect its assets, and ensure goal achievement These rules reflect the owner’s/management’s norms and values.
Corporate, government, educational sectors or NGOs all have their policies and rules, and these are the places we work and spend a great deal of time. We spend a minimum of 40 hours a week for about 40 years of our lives in the workplace. That is a considerable portion of our lives.
Throughout the years, we have heard of several multinational corporations who pay billions of dollars in settlements against legal cases for organized bribery, consumer deception, environmental harm etc.
The institutions which are involved in such cases have the kind of corporate policy which permits or accepts and doesn’t prevent or penalize these deeds. These policies are morally negligent and reflect the profit maximization motive to please their investors.
Corporate Policies accept high compensations and perks for managers and executives and give subsistence wages, in some cases it is below subsistence wages for employees. Human resources department, in many corporations, tries its best to curtail from lower rank employees and shut its eyes on managers compensations.
These corporate policies may lead to financial crimes, inequalities and should be corrected, and the profit maximization motive should be simply to achieve a satisfactory profit.
The Creator has entrusted us with his blessings and resources to serve our communities, and he too has promised a penalty, whether in this life or the hereafter.
The Creator has designed a comprehensive, fair and just life norm for everyone (regardless of whether they’re rich or poor) to live a happy and content life. However, people ignore the dignity and honour in obeying the supreme power and look for lawyers or law makers to protect them from worldly punishments only.
Each one of us should pause, and think about our lives. We must be honest with ourselves, from now until we’re no longer part of this world. No excuses will be permitted in the hereafter.
Whether you’re a school coordinator or college professor, employee, manager, executive or even artist you should know that you’re held accountable by The Creator for all your decisions, actions, writings, or speeches in your career. You should not commit any action, or convey any message, book or law that contradicts Him.
To achieve the individual and societal goals and accommodate the multiplicity of people different cultures and nationalities, workplace policies and work culture should reflect The Creator’s norms and rules. Don’t you agree?
Hence the tagline:
Morals, Disruptive Innovation, Economic Value Creation