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Raymond Anthony Fernando
A lecturer who plays the violin was once asked by his students whether he found his job interesting and if he had any hobby. He was giving a lecture on working life. His reply was pleasantly received by his students –males and females.
“Playing the violin is my hobby and lecturing is my job,” replied the bearded professor with a big smile on his face.
There is a saying which goes like this: Work is so bad that they have to pay people to do it. Quite true, right? But work can be fun if both employers and their staff love what they are doing. Then, payment becomes the icing on the cake. Ultimately, a manager’s success is directly related to how well he/she leads and connects with the staff under their charge.
Today’s work culture, unlike the early years, is far more stressful and with stiff competition and Singaporeans having to compete with foreigners for jobs, there is a tendency for workers to be anxious and at times back-biting colleagues to move up rapidly up the corporate ladder.
Employer-employee relations can be tricky and at times, subordinates who lose out on promotions can be de-motivated, what more with office politics not being uncommon, and some bosses regrettably tend to favor certain staff. For as human beings, we all have our ‘little favorites’.
But before we can secure strong boss-employee relations, it is just as important to have inculcated a healthy and cooperative working culture amongst ALL employees. This is because many full-time employees spend most of their working hours with co-workers than they do with their spouses and families. As such, it is important to allow employees the opportunity to build quality relationships with their co-workers. This can be accomplished through the organization of informal get-togethers away from work, as well as by encouraging employee interaction.
During my employment with the local TV and Radio station, the management organized tea sessions at all departments.
That is why it is not advisable to engage in gossip at the workplace. Rather, as workers, we have to build a good rapport with our superiors. Once a healthy relationship develops between the manager and his /her staff, productivity goes up and the company benefits.
Healthy working relationships during our career can help retirees to secure job opportunities on a full-time or part-time basis. I have benefited tremendously from my past relationships with my broadcasting colleagues in the 60s’, 70s’ and 80s’ and very uplifted that today, even at 66 years, I have writing opportunities in a media company to contribute to the literary culture here in Singapore. For if anyone enjoys what they are doing, they can be very productive. And I enjoy writing so much.
RAYMOND ANTHONY FERNANDO