What speaks louder,work or words? [Archives:2007/1017/Community]
By: Maged Thabet Al-Kholidy
In both the public and private workplace, staff are evaluated annually or semi-annually in order to determine promotions and the annual increase in salary, but what's the evaluation criteria? Is it according to work done, the attendance record or personal relationships?
It won't be fair at all, if it's only according to personal relationships or mediation. The attendance record can be considered a means of evaluating and noting those who are regular and those who are not, as well as those who aren't punctual. However, taken alone, I think this is unfair. Work achievements are a good means of evaluation; thus, attendance can be used together with achievements of work done, in order to ensure a fair evaluation.
When mediation or personal relationships are used as an evaluating standard, this is a real corruption. Some work hard, while others are rewarded and the rights of such hard-working individuals wrongly are granted to those who take jobs as entertainment or waste time.
Once such hard-working individuals realize this, people will ask, why work then? In this case, good and hard-working employees will be discouraged and there will be no new progress in the work field. It negatively affects the personal morale of such individuals. Moreover, it affects the work itself and, subsequently, the institution of work as a whole.
An attendance record or any device checking time and attendance is an official procedure all firms and institutions are supposed to follow because it obliges employees to respect work time and be punctual. However, it's useless to count minutes and seconds in an effort to evaluate, which can badly affect annual promotions or salary increase.
It's actually a good standard if one is indifferent about his or her work duties, as it may wake him or her up to respect their responsibilities. The case may be different when the attendance device is used to determine the present and/or future of one whose actions and achievements speak louder than words or signatures.Lay aside emotions and hard restrictions because an employee's work always proves his or her seriousness. If circumstances prevent one from arriving on time or even coming at all, it doesn't mean that he or she is careless or indifferent.
All of us experience hard times and bad circumstances, which must be taken into account when evaluating staff, especially when it's used to determine such individuals' personal lives. They're sometimes punished by either reducing their salary or canceling it. What's the use of that person working and what's the reward for his or her seriousness?
Everyone can be regular and punctual – or they may do nothing or not take their work seriously. In such cases, if they're evaluated as good and excellent employees, it's vanity. Work must be superior and any additional criteria comes later. Other rights can be changed and make them become accustomed to, but achieving better work is supposed to be more important. Some institutions and firms are successful due to following such evaluation methods because they view the matter through the mind's eye.