I am hoping a trusting that one of the resolutions of the New Year of employees, particularly those in government service, is to improve their work ethics. It is no secret that we have very low work ethics. That other places have similar problems with employees is no excuses for us not to improve our work ethics. Because others lie and cheat does not mean we individually have to engage is such behavior. We need to improve the productivity of our work force and thereby increase the quality of government services and consequently the quality of life in our community. It can be summed as professional or personal pride.
Work ethics can be improved it the leadership in the community show the way by example. I know it is difficult since certain practices has become ingrain in our culture, such as not being punctual, not being organized, not being prepared ahead of time. It the head a department is habitually late then all subordinates will also feel inclined and some do come late. If the head of the department fail to prepare their reports on time, find every excuse to be away from their post, their subordinates will feel empowered to engage in the same practice.
The head of any organization set the tone for the performance of that organization. Our government is our biggest local organization, it is divided into three separate branches, each have a top administrator or executive that is expected to set the tone for their branch. In the legislature it is the President of the Legislature, in the judicial branch it is the chief judge and in the executive branch it is the Governor. The buck stops at the head of each branch of our government, they can try to pass the buck but we know they are responsible for their branch, and they should be held accountable.
If we all make the resolution to be a better person for this new year by being more discipline, by being more respectful of self and others, by being more charitable, by being more courteous, by being more hospitable, by being more concern about our environment, by being more concern about what is happening in our world, in our neighborhood, in our nation and in our world, we will certainly make a big impact. Do we want to be a part of the solutions or a part of the problems? The choice is ours to make, choose this day who you want to be, a worthy or unworthy person. Are we someone who contribute to the welfare of our community or someone who is a delinquent, an anti-social person? What is your choice, what have you resolve to be in this New Year?
J. J. Estemac
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