Archive for December, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions 2012

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

New Year’s Day… now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

It isn’t for nothing that Mark Twain is called one of the greatest authors of all time. For anyone who knows and understands the futility of making New year’s resolutions will understand the humor behind this sentence which is one of the most famous quotes used by people all around the world around the time that the year changes. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world, make a promise to themselves, before the clock strikes twelve, and before the year slips into a new garb. This promise is generally made in order to make some sort of improvement in one’s life; to better oneself, and to improve one’s basic quality of living. New Year’s resolutions are supposed to be life changing and transformational. Every year there are some resolutions that feature on pretty much everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions. In this article, we have made a compilation of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

While not many know this but facts about New Year’s resolutions will tell you that it has its origin in spiritual customs from the religion of Judaism. The Jewish New Year concludes in what is known as the Day of Atonement which is when you are expected to ponder over your wrongdoings of the whole year that has gone by and look for forgiveness. According to many people, there is a list of criterion that a good New Year’s resolution must meet. This includes being a definite resolution and something that is measurable. This is an important thing to keep in mind while making a New Year’s resolution.

Top New Year’s Resolutions 2012

Every year, before the clock strikes twelve and before we get caught up in the revelries of the night, most of us sit down to make a list of those things that we want to do in the upcoming year. Those life-changing decisions that we want to take so that we make our life better. There are some resolutions that feature on the lists of most people. Some are serious resolutions, while others are funny resolutions. Given below is a list of the top New Year’s resolutions for 2012 that feature on many of the lists.

  1. Being in less of a liability financially.
  2. Being less angry about things that I have no control over.
  3. Being more frugal with things and more cost-effective.
  4. Being more independent in life
  5. Being more organized
  6. Being punctual
  7. Buying a real estate property
  8. Buying products that are environment friendly
  9. Cultivating a hobby
  10. Eating healthy and properly
  11. Enjoying life
  12. Expanding my friend circle
  13. Falling in love
  14. Getting a makeover
  15. Getting a better job
  16. Giving back to the society
  17. Giving up smoking, drinking, and other such habits
  18. Having more faith in oneself
  19. Keeping a journal
  20. Learning a dance form
  21. Learning a new language
  22. Learning something new
  23. Losing weight
  24. Meditating more
  25. Nagging people less
  26. Organizing an event for charity
  27. Participating in an adventure sport of some kind
  28. Paying more attention to oneself

by Tulika Nair

Read more @

Qualities of a Good Teacher

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Teaching, since ages, has been acclaimed as a noble profession. A profession where there is dignity, respect, and novelty! Trying to share what you know with a person in a way, that knowledge transition is smooth and flawless, is definitely an art in itself. And this is possible only if the teacher is dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate and at the same time, a teacher by choice! Isn’t it? A good teacher discovers the hidden talent in a child and polishes it until, the talent shows out in the crowd. What do you think, what are the qualities of a good teacher? Well, here is what I feel about it. Read on!

Top 5 Qualities of a Good Teacher

What makes a good teacher after all? Besides the sound educational background that this profession demands, qualities like patience, compassion and innovativeness are essential too! So here are some answers for what are the qualities of a good teacher. Scroll through and you may benefit from them, if a teaching job is what you are looking for.

Inculcate the thirst for knowledge! Children are playful, no matter which age group they belong to. Garnering their attention is a herculean task. But a good teacher, does that with ease. How? Replace the concept “greed for marks” with “greed for knowledge”. Devise techniques to make your subject interesting. Children are passionate learners and pick up things instantly which intrigue them, interest them. If it is Math, involve them in some cool math games or some puzzling riddles to help them rake their brains! Help the child with the concept. Guide the child through a problem, he does not understand, but do not offer immediate solutions. Make him feel the joy of exploring solutions by himself and understand what he has learnt and I bet, the child will never forget, what he has learnt with efforts!

Discover and Encourage…
Discover and rear hidden talents! Every child is unique and none of them is weak. Each one of them covets a hidden talent, waiting to be discovered at the right time. In a class of many children, few grasp instantly in the first go and a few lag behind in understanding, which does not mean the later are dumb. It means, they need attention! As a teacher, one must monitor not only the academic development of a child, but also the personal and extracurricular growth of a child. Who knows, your class might be having the best orator, or the best singer or the best rugby player! The real challenge for a teacher lies in his/her passion to transform a not so artful student into a clever one! And small bouts of appreciation, every now and then, can do wonders by turning around a dull brain into an intelligent head. A good teacher will discover such concealed but invincible talents and nurture them, to make the student stand apart in the crowd!

Interact as much as possible! A good teacher will interact more often with all his/her students! When teaching a concept, make sure to ask students a lot of questions. Because, children are kinesthetic learners and everything that children associate with, is a question like “why”, “how” and “what”, with a visual perception. So, for a teacher, the body language, facial expression and presentation style should be in sync with the subject concepts, that are being imparted in the session. One can also make it a point to prepare a questionnaire of the previous day’s session and ask them in the next session. This is a checkpoint for students, which will keep them proactive and alert all the time. Also, encourage team work in your classroom sessions. It will help the students understand the significance of “United we stand, divided we fall“.

Go Innovative…
Creativity is an aspect mastered by passion. And this is one of the most important qualities of a good teacher. When you teach a child, the important point is whether he retains what you have taught or not. And that can be found out if teaching methods are engrossing. Make your subjects interesting and you will have a class full of curious eyes and ears, absorbing in every session you deliver. After all, students should learn out of impulsion and not out of compulsion! For instance, Maths is a subject of brain teasers with theorems and riders comprising the most part of Trigonometry. Riders are problems, which can be solved in various ways by applying different theorems. Encourage the students to try out different ways to solve the same rider or a problem and you will be assured by the end of the session, that every child is a genius in himself. Innovative classroom teaching involves passion, attention and a positive attitude towards the profession. Who knows, you might get to learn a lot from your students.

Be the Role Model…
If you want your students to excel, it is you who has to excel first! Be a role model to your student. An open mind is what a good teacher must have and at the same time, impart the same to the students. You may get a varied set of students every year, of which, some students may be notorious, some may be introvert, some may be outstanding and yet some others may be indifferent. But remember, all those students, who are not able to achieve their target, need help and the one person who can give them that shade from their problems, is you and you alone! To be a role model to students, calmness, compassion, patience and perseverance are the key traits for the teacher. This will help in understanding the psychology of the children, in order to gauge the child development.

Qualities of a Good Preschool Teacher

Qualities of a good teacher come with years of experience and understanding and definitely a lot by choice. Good teacher qualities, which have been stated above, are adept for a teacher who is teaching in middle school. However to become a school teacher in preschool, things can get difficult and cumbersome, as children are small, willful, moody and extremely naughty. Teaching such small kids can be a trying time! So what are the qualities of a good teacher for preschool?

A preschool teacher should be endowed with extraordinary levels of patience and enthusiasm, with compassion and creativity factor attached to them. She is the one, who should always have an enticing smile dancing in her face! A smile is one of the best ways of initiating a sound relationship with a child. Besides, the teacher must be an excellent listener to the incessant chatter of the pre school kids. Also, the teacher must understand the needs of the child and expectations of the parent and act accordingly.A sound educational background is a must, even if it is preschool. Attention and dedication form the bulwark of preschool teaching, where every child needs dedicated attention for its personal development. After all, little children are like flowers, they blossom only when they are tended with love, care and affection!

by Narayani Karthik.

Read more @

Interactive system to monitor children’s performance in class

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry plans to embark on a pioneer project to allow parents to check their children’s academic progress online.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the project was based on similar systems found in other countries, such as South Korea.

“Parents can monitor their children’s performance (in school) and interact with the teachers online to discuss ways of improving their performance.

“We are still in the first stage of establishing the system and it will take two years from 2012,” he told reporters after visiting SMK Taman Tun Dr Ismail here yesterday.

Back to school: Muhyiddin chatting with students during his visit to SMK Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. On the left is the school’s principal Datin Hasmah Abu.

On another matter, Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said an additional RM20mil had been allocated for the purchase of additional school equipment and furniture.

“We want to ensure that there are enough facilities to cater for incoming Year One pupils and Form One students next year,” he said.

Muhyiddin added that 1,052 students from hardcore poor families had been selected to start their secondary studies at fully-residential schools.

“Not all these students scored straight As in the UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah).

“We want these students to do better academically and we have also set up support programmes to help them succeed,” he said.

by Priya Kula sagaran.

Read more @

Looking back and looking forward

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

It is that time of year again when everyone is making resolutions for next year. After all, tradition dictates that every 365 days, we look back at how bad, or good, we have been and make a promise to ourselves to be better.

I’d like to know, though, do people even remember their resolutions, let alone fulfil them?

“I always forget what I had resolved to do in the first week of the new year,” a friend intimated.

She’s not alone. Studies have been made of people and their resolutions. For instance, a recent study overseas showed that while 52 per cent of respondents were confident of success with their goals, only 12 per cent actually achieved their goals. Another study by the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom showed that 78 per cent of those who set New Year resolutions, broke them.

Whether or not Malaysians share similar behaviour and traits remains to be seen because I have not come across any studies on this. But, statistically, I dare generalise that people are  prone not to stick to their resolutions.

We are glib to respond to questions about our New Year resolutions because nobody wants to feel left out. But, the reality is that we are simply not serious about them.

Unless, of course you are a politician, a businessman, a celebrity or a chief executive officer, for obvious reasons.

Most of us make resolutions to better our health and financial situations. Others, in relationships and their social life in general. If we fail, hey, that’s okay, we’ll make them again the next year.

Take Jeff Brazier of the Daily Mirror. He has made what I deem to be  achievable resolutions such as promising to pay more attention to his sons’ education after assessing their academic performance.

“After reading the boys’ end of term report cards, I could see they have both done well but there is lots I can do too at home to reinforce what they learn at school,” wrote Brazier who listed seven resolutions in his column.

by Nuraina Samad.

Read more @

What is wrong with teacher education.

Friday, December 30th, 2011

What is wrong with teacher education for so many years that it has not helped teachers with what they really need?

  1. Most teacher education curricula taught in our nation’s colleges are loaded with too much abstract theory and too little realistic practical help. Courses in the history and philosophy of education, learning theory, and child development do help reframe teachers’ perceptions of students’ learning, but they do little to help teachers with their priority need: what to actually do in the classroom on the spot. There is a training gap between giving teachers informed perceptions, and actually helping them with what specifically to do for over 6 hours a day, 180 days a year. Even the usefulness of subject methods courses only help get across the subject matter, IF the teacher can control his class. Teachers want effective classroom management to be a priority in their education. It is not.
  2. This is because teachers have little to no say regarding the courses they must take. Instead, professors of education have most of this power. And, most education professors tend to select theoretical courses they are comfortable teaching, rather than teach to the priority of what their students need. In many institutions, if the course offerings were more about what teachers really needed, many of these too theoretical professors would be out of a job. Many cannot teach the priority of what these teachers need. Professors vote for curricula that more secures their jobs, than that which would really help the jobs of those they are supposed to help. Some education professors, assigned to train K-12 teachers, would, themselves, fall apart in front of a real K-12 classroom.
  3. Teachers are handcuffed to this professorial-chosen curriculum in order to get college credit, to get salary increments. They dare not buck the system or ask too many reality questions in their education classes that are “off the ivory tower curriculum” for fear of getting a low grade, no credit, and, thus, no salary raise.
  4. Why don’t we have more education professors who can teach the priorities of classroom management? Because their training is too conceptual. Unfortunately, teaching (and classroom management) is not just conceptual. Instead:
  5. It is a Performance Art. It is not like learning chemistry formulas. Nor is it like learning what a car needs and then fixing it, no matter how good the (lesson) plan. It is also not like learning Math concepts and then plugging them in.Instead: teaching is more like learning the game of tennis: first, how it is played; then actually practicing how to play it, with coaching; then, learning the strokes; until these become instinctive; and finally performing these skills interactively, with other players, on the spot.Yes, it involves learning to reframe one’s perceptions, as does a trained counselor listening to his clients; thus, educational psychology is useful. But, like the counselor, one must learn the appropriate responses, how to use one’s personality, one’s authentic responses in order to help. Notice: “responses”, “how to use…” performing!

    Or, teaching is more like playing jazz piano: where you learn concepts, practice reactions (e.g., learn to hear the chords), and then perform these responses spontaneously, interacting with the other musicians in such a way that you play with honest feeling in order to make “music” together.

    Or, it is like learning lion taming! where you learn and practice spontaneous decisions, using your feelings, personality, intuition to deliver the appropriate, correct reactions when confronted with the myriad of responses of those to be trained – when that door opens, without having too much time to think.

  6. Training teachers in this Performance Art is very important because without it, or with just theories for reframing perceptions, teachers will fall back into just teaching the way they were taught! And, some of these teachers have had some really bad teachers, and/or parents.
  7. Since teaching is a Performance Art, then we must face the uncomfortable fact that the most powerful tool in the classroom is not, e.g. the blackboard or even the computer, but the teacher’s personality. That is why Johnny can be a brat in period 3, then an angel in period 4. He did not change when the bell rang, his teacher did!
  8. This is an uncomfortable fact for some because this means that good teacher training requires teachers to look at their feelings, not just their attainment of cognitive knowledge, or methods. A math teacher who knows his math, even many good methods for teaching it, still falls apart if he cannot manage his class. And he cannot if his personality’s interactive-responses, his performance, creates an adversarial relationship with his students.

by Howard Seeman, PhD.

Read more @

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year

Friday, December 30th, 2011

1. Start small and pick only one resolution

Instead of making a list of all the things you hope to change about yourself in 2012, start small and make one straightforward, simple resolution.

2. Make a specific resolution

It is a lot more difficult to stick to a vague resolution than it is to be consistent with a very specific resolution. If you want to lose weight, for example, set a specific goal about how much weight you hope to lose and by when. If you hope to lose 20 pounds in 2012, set a goal of 2 pounds each month.

3. Make a plan for how to achieve your goals

If you have one specific resolution, you will be able to achieve it so long as you make a plan. Outline a clear plan for how to get to your goal and you will be able to accomplish it.

4. Don’t wait to start on New Year’s Eve

Plan before New Year’s! If you hope to start exercising more, get into the rhythm now. If you hope to sleep more, start now. By starting just before New Year’s, it will be a slower transition when the day comes around.

5. Avoid repeating past failures by setting new habits

New Year’s resolutions most often fall apart because people fall back on old habits and cannot stick to their new choices. Avoid repeating past failures by setting new habits and sticking to them. Of course, this is easier said than done, but by taking your new resolutions slowly, you can achieve your resolution rather than jumping into it and expecting too much.

6. Positive reinforcement

Remember that change takes time! The only way you will achieve your resolution is through positive reinforcement. If you slip up, don’t give up. If you can stick to your resolution for at least thirty days, you should be able to reset your habits for 2012.

7. Make your resolution public

Sometimes peer pressure and public shame can help you in moments of weakness. By telling friends and family members your New Year’s resolution, they may encourage you to stick with it and tease you gently if you fall behind. By making your resolution public, you will be more likely to keep it to the end of the year.

Read more @

14 New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Jan. 1, 2012 is around the corner. Americans across the country take this time to reflect on the past year and decide what parts of themselves they hope to change and improve for the upcoming year. To embrace 2012, we took a look at the top 14 New Year’s Resolutions in the U.S. and offer you seven tips for how to keep them unlike years in the past.

Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

1. Spend More Time with Friends and Family

Many Americans wish they could make more time for their friends and family. This year make your resolution come true by setting aside time on the weekends or after work. Try to have a family dinner with all the members in your family a couple of times each week and make an effort to meet up with friends after work and on the evenings.

2. Get Fit, Exercise More

As any gym member knows, the days after Jan. 1 each year are the most crowded gym days of the year. Unfortunately, members quickly cease going to the gym and by February each year the gym returns to its usual volume. This year stick with your goal. Go to gym classes that keep you in shape or sign up with a personal trainer. By having regular times and appointments, going to the gym will become part of your daily rituals.

3. Lose Weight

In addition to exercising more, many Americans hope to lose weight in 2012. The only way to stick to your goal is to set clear benchmarks for how much weight you hope to lose each month and by outlining clear steps for making those goals happen. Do not fall into the trap of depriving yourself of sweets and then binging a few days later.

4. Quit Smoking

Take the plunge this year. Whatever it takes – cold turkey, the patch, nicotine gum – 2012 is the year to quit. There is overwhelming evidence that cigarettes cause death from lung cancer, gum disease, and heart attacks. Save years of your life by quitting smoking.

5. Enjoy Life, Manage Stress

Most Americans complain that they are too stressed during the year. Manage your stress and take in control of your life by allowing for “me” time. If you enjoy golfing, set aside time to golf on the weekends. If you relax by going to a spa or getting a massage, schedule an appointment for early next year. Make 2012 the year where you enjoy life and worry less about work, money and personal problems.

6. Get Out of Debt, Manage Money

The past few years have been difficult for many American households. While the economy has not fully recovered, you can take control of your personal finances. Set strict goals to get out debt and create a budget for the first quarter of 2012 to figure out how much money you hope to spend and save.

7. Learn Something New

Whether you would like to learn a new language, attend a professional development event or take a class on fiction writing, 2012 is the year for you to learn something new. Before the New Year, choose exactly what you would like to learn and set out goals. Sign up for a class, schedule a conference or buy a book to learn new skills.

8. Drink Less Alcohol

Faced with the prospect of a night of champagne, many Americans will start the New Year with a resolution to drink less alcohol. Alcohol consumption can hurt your wallet, your liver and your body. Besides the frustrations of hangovers, alcohol has long term negative effects on the body. If you plan to drink less alcohol, be sure to decide what that means before beginning the New Year because it is easy to slip up.

9. Eat Healthier

Throw out your diet books and resolve in 2012 to eat healthier without a diet plan. Diets can be tiring and taxing, but eating healthy has the benefits of a diet and will make you feel great. Make a list of the foods you hope to leave out of your diet in 2012 and the foods you hope to eat more often. Jumping into a new health kick can be difficult to keep up, so start slow, but do not let yourself fall into old habits.

10. Be More Eco-Conscious and Recycle

Make 2012 the year you give back to planet Earth. Find the details for your local recycling online. You can also read up on eco-friendly products like shampoos and soaps that won’t release toxins into the water. Buy yourself a reusable plastic water bottle and avoid using plastic bottles.

11. Save Money

Not only should you try to get rid of debt, but a popular New Year’s resolution is saving money. Open a savings account and set aside a certain percent of your paycheck each month. As frustrating as it might be each month, at the end of the year you will have a nice amount of savings.  At the end of the year, you can use your savings to take a vacation or to invest for retirement.

12. Volunteer to Help Others

Many Americans set out to volunteer more in the New Year, but many often do not commit to the resolution because life can be more hectic and busy than previously anticipated. Even if you do not have time to volunteer this year, donate money to a charity that is important to you or give back to the community by donating books, food and clothing.

13. Read More Books, Watch Less TV

Instead of coming home at the end of the day and putting on the TV, resolve this year to read more books. The Kindle Fire, Nook and iPad 2 were popular gifts this holiday season, which seems to indicate that consumers are hoping to read more newspapers, magazines and books. Be a part of the new trend and pick up a book instead of watching TV in 2012.

14. Go to Sleep Earlier

Many Americans feel there are not enough hours in the day and will stay up late to compensate for working long hours. By getting to sleep earlier the day might actually feel longer, because you will be refreshed for a larger part of the day. Instead of staying up late, make your resolution in 2012 to sleep earlier.

Read more @

Primary Students Freed From Heavy Bags

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

HAI PHONG:  Hundreds of primary school students in Chu Van An Primary School in northern Hai Phong City will no longer have to carry heavy bags to school this year when an initiative to stop homework for students begins, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Chu Van An is the city’s first school in the country to allow primary students to keep all of their books and studying tools in their own classroom drawer after school time. Students will only need to carry school bags home on Friday to review lessons during weekends.

The initiative was proposed by the school’s principal Trinh Thi Minh and approved for trial by the municipal Department of Education and Training.

Heavy school bags have become a hot issue for years after a recent Ministry of Education and Training survey in several Hanoi primary schools showed students had to carry 4-kilo school bags to school everyday, which may affect their bone structure.

The ministry has sought to lighten the load of the school curriculum as a method of reducing the number of textbooks students have to carry.

The initiative of Chu Van An Primary School has already showed positive results from teachers, students and families.

Nhu Thi Thanh Dung, teacher of Class 1A5 said students in her class have already become used to doing homework at school after lessons only one month into the initiative’s implementation.

“We can study and do lessons together – good students will help the weaker to finish their exercises,” Dung said.


Read more @

Career Goals for Teachers

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
It seems quite a simple and formal task but writing career goals increases focus and concentration. This goes true only if you’re making efforts to achieve your goals. If your actions are propelling you in the right direction, writing your goals frequently and then meditating on it, even for couple of minutes daily, helps you to remain focused. Goal setting has several other professional advantages. It is always required in your resumes and profiles. You’re expected to sum up your career goals within few sentences and lines. This demands clarity of thoughts regarding your aims and objectives. Career goals for teachers, just like for any other professionals is essential to break free from the monotonicity of doing same tasks every day. No matter you’re a kindergarten teacher or university level professor, writing career goals for yourself, will help you to achieve holistic personal and professional growth.

How to Write Career Goals and Objectives for Teachers

Writing career goals for teachers must not be a difficult task. Teachers can try to foray in other fields or develop new hobby and skills. Numerous examples of career goals will reveal to teachers that they can include anything in their career goals, right from teaching a subject in a new way to their personal life goals, like achieving work life balance. Some essential points that teachers must give a thought to while writing career goals for themselves are:

  • Think of the area you feel you need to improve yourself. Write your professional goals and personal life goals, in two separate columns, in a notebook.
  • It is better to write your goals and objectives in points, in short sentences. Try to put your goals in words but not more than one sentence.
  • Make a record of your actions for achieving your goals on a daily or weekly basis.
  • Career goals for teachers in their profession may include organization goals, enhancing teaching skills, improving student participation in class, adopting effective teaching strategies, better teacher parent communication etc.

Sample Career Goals for Teachers

There are various areas in which teachers can improve their professional work. Even the veteran teachers can try to sharpen their organizational and teaching skills. The more efficiently a teacher will plan his or her strategy for working, better will be the teaching experience as well as the career development path. Good teachers, mind you, are always assets for an educational institute. Similarly, when it comes to teaching, incorporating interesting ideas and methods to teach students is one of the most ideal career goals for teachers. Here is the list of some career goals examples that teachers can include in their goals and objectives list.

  • Incorporate the use of technology in classrooms to enhance understanding of students.
  • Spend some time on alternate days in a week to improve vocabulary and general awareness of students.
  • Motivate students to read books by conducting ‘reading sessions’ in classroom, at least once or twice a week.
  • Build stronger professional relationships with other teaching staff.
  • Plan teaching work based on every week basis.
  • Continue learning by keeping oneself updated about latest developments in the interest area.
  • Help first year teachers in work and solve students queries regarding suitable career path.
  • Instill confidence in special children by giving them focused and goal – directed instruction.
  • Read some popular books about teaching and try to bridge the parent – teacher – student communication gap.
  • Manage time effectively to balance work and personal life. Plan ahead of the day regarding tasks and duties to be carried out that specific day.
  • Organize desk and children files for recording information properly.

by Kundan Pandey.

Read more @

Respect in the Workplace

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

What does Respect in Workplace Mean?

Coming back to respect, there might be varied definitions and meanings that people might interpret about respect, however the feeling of respect that is ‘received’ and ‘paid’ is the same. Many corporations, organizations and companies define the respect as something given by all the new joining employees to their seniors and superiors. The following are the reasons why respect becomes such an important aspect of the environment, that is to be maintained in the office.

Advantages of Respect in the Work Place

There should be a respect for the ‘boss’ or the superior, in the mind of all the deputies and the people working under him/her, as the flow of authority is maintained in the pyramid of authority and responsibility. Every post in any organization is assigned with particular authority and responsibility. Every boss is given a specified amount of authority with the help of which, he can get the work done from his subordinates. And what is responsibility? Well it is nothing but the amount of work that is to be completed in the given amount of time. In most of the companies, the ratio of authority and responsibility is almost the same. When the authority and responsibility are equal, the boss tends to respect the feelings of his subordinates and also never intrudes on the self respect of any individual. Since the responsibility of the boss is equal to his authority, he does not become a ’shark in the suit’ under the pressure of responsibility, or he does not become an ‘Adolf Hitler’ due to the appropriate authority that is given. Hence the subordinates, deputies and juniors find the boss a very friendly, approachable person. This establishes a very good amount of respect in the workplace, between the hierarchies of authority and responsibility.

The peaceful and friendly connection between the hierarchies, is highly instrumental in giving a very efficient and optimized output . The only reason is that healthy relations produce a feeling of positive energy at the workplace. The positive energy keeps all the employees and hierarchies in what we loosely refer to, as a good ‘mood’. A happy employee is always willing to work for the organization, due to the fact that he is being paid a very good remuneration, that corresponds to his skills and capabilities. The second reason due to which the employee works very willingly, is that the people under whom he is working, respect him and treat him right, which he reciprocates by also treating the people under him with the same respect.

There are also other added advantages of developing appropriate respect in the work place. One is that the employees start to accept their mistakes in the right sense and strive to rectify them. Employees whose respect and well-being is safeguarded, often tend to strive for the well-being and the success of the organization, ensuring an effective team work.

It can be concluded that respect in the workplace helps the organization to function as one single body, with a heart that beats to the rhythm of success and the soul that reflects the happiness of its manpower. I wish to shed more light on why we should maintain respect in the workplace by quoting Thomas Jefferson, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…”

All the reasons why we should maintain our respect at the workplace are conveyed in one sentence (mentioned above), which reduces the definition and domain of disrespect and inequality.

by Scholasticus K..

Read more @