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Political Play
CA Dr Sunil Gupta
Realise your crucial role in nation building before it is too late 18 April, 2014
Did you ever count the number of hours you spend in real productive activities? Or, did you ever notice how much engaged you are with social networking applications, election discussions, IPL fever, and instant messaging services? While we are busy counting the drawbacks of our political leaders, the likes and comments on our new feed, and the declining economy of the country, we never care about our contribution. This is where we lack and thus create an environment where the nation can hardly prosper.

It has been our tendency to blame the leaders, managers, and authorities for deficiency of better work prospects. What about our personal contributions towards nation building? Though we never assess our participation in the economic development, we collectively define the roadmap to nation’s glory. Post watching an IPL match, we are busy criticizing the team structure and the bowler who wasn’t able to contain runs. And then, we are ready for the next match.

From past many months elections have been the subject-matter of our discussions. Offices, government departments, and even colleges have developed into premises of dialogues where every other individual has a distinctive opinion. We analyze the past deliveries of the government, and discuss future political assumptions; however are least bothered with the fact that our productive time is what we are sacrificing. Though our active participation is the need of the hour, this should not hamper the economic prosperity of our organizations.

Better governance is what we all aspire from the national leaders; however we fail to contribute our stake. Involvement of personnel in political discussions during working hours is not that can help the nation achieve the desired GDP. Individual businesses participate in developing products and services that collectively represent the country’s GDP growth; hence this in turn demands honest and time-bound delivery by the professionals. Above all, we rarely follow time promises. If the meeting is scheduled at 10, we pre-suppose it as 11. Was this 1 hour productive, or were we busy checking our cellphones for any new notifications from social networks?

Lesser attention towards official work and execution of personal tasks and family commitments is a trend in most of the employees working in state/central government departments and public sector undertakings which has led to decline in the performance of these crucial pillars of economy. Plus, features like job security and negligible accountability have enhanced relaxation among government employees. Punctuality is assured while non-productive activities; however when it comes to reporting at office we are usually late. Small businesses and proprietary firms often witness the in-charge reporting late and that too followed by engagement in private obligations during working hours. With a supervisor carrying laid-back attitude, what can be expected out of workers?

Early mornings and late hours during nights are spent on web applications that are sure to make profits for their own, however rarely add to nation’s productivity. And, the aftereffects of our conversations too add to our lessened working hours. Behavioral factors that include pleasure, sorrow, fear, and anger are ignited post our visit to social networking webpages and messaging applications. A typical professional who attends office for eight hours loses uncountable hours in such activities, which subsequently adds to the decline in efficiency and thus hampering the overall business output. Above all is the fact that we are least bothered.

Ever thought why western countries were able to realize better outputs despite of five-day working culture? Work during work and play during play. That also implies no official phone calls during play hours. This is what that helped the professionals attain glory that we aspire of. Though we are in the phase of adopting the five-day work culture, sturdy commitment during working hours is a basic necessity. Why do we overlook the fact that our individual hard work is the key to prosperity, personal as well as mutual? Political parties have too comprehended the non-workaholic attitude of citizens and hence have come up with policies that promise everything for nothing.

Wake up. Other side of the coin demands that the employer too shall restrict bothering personnel post office hours except in pressing circumstances. Sooner we realize, in a better tomorrow we are. My purpose of writing is restricted to helping individuals realize their role in the collective prosperity of the nation. In no way, I disagree with the usefulness of social networking platforms and active participation of citizens in political discussions; however definite time should be allotted for such activities making sure that working hours are exploited to the maximum helping the nation deliver better GDP, cost-effective and revenue-rich industries, and of course superior employment prospects.

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About The Author
A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India. His Linkedin and twitter handles are @cadrsunilgupta. Facebook page is CADrSunil.
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