Work ethics defines as to fulfill your responsibility according to the pure spirit of the job paying full attention, motivation, dedication and concentration. Without adopting strong traditions of work ethics, no state can expect to make great strides by leaps and bounds encompassing the pure spirit of duty, responsibility and conscientiousness. M.A Jinnah was deeply concerned in work ethics during the time span of Pakistan movement as well as after the division of the subcontinent. Unfortunately, post-Jinnah Pakistan grappled into the ambit of corruption nepotism, administrative negligence, ineffectiveness and such type of other knotty challenges.
What are work ethics? How can it be integral part of our system? How can it modify according to the demand of our system? How can it dispose of our problems? What are the barriers achieving work ethics? How Quaid’s visionary leadership depicts his disciplined personality and how his approach in work ethics plays vital role in Pakistan’s development? These are the questions which are usually busted during analyze worst condition of work ethics in Pakistan and its root causes.
Work ethics means societal values to perform duties and responsibilities in most proficient manners and it indicates climax or decline of any society. By examining the history of developed countries, work ethics appears as driving force behind their progress. Because of work ethics, they enabled to reach the highest level of glory and climax. For instance, Japan and Germany, in the WWII, were totally annihilated but busted up as world’s second and third largest economies within the short span of three decades because people of both countries possessed strong work ethics dealing according to the demand of the post-war challenges. Furthermore, because of strong traditions of work ethics, China, South Korea and ASEAN members made great strides with successive economic progress. With better education, accountability, equation in rights and duties, combative and monitoring on the part of government and public fulfilling their obligations while performing duties left no question/space of negligence, wastage of time, laziness and sloppiness. No nation is actually inferior but national attitude names the backward or stagnant nation.
The societies who adopt perfection, commitment, honesty, modesty, dedication and punctuality, get fruits in return in the shape of human development, prosperity and stability. The challenge of work ethics means the capability of a particular nation to adopt and sustain it in all fields or departments for the sake of progress, stability and prosperity.
Work ethics can never be enforced but it is a process of evolution of human’s inner self that compels someone entirely to perform duties, responsibilities and obligations with honesty. Many societies in the world particularly western societies have not only institutionalized work ethics but also given it status of cultural values. Indoctrination of work ethics in western educational system is known as most integral part.
Particularly at school levels where some basis about the work ethics are taught to students such as time management, dedication, commitment, sincerity and honesty to perform duties as an honorable citizen, student, son or daughter and human being.
Students become much clear about two things at the end of school life in western societies. First; they become able to meet the challenges of performing obligations within the parameters of ethics. And the second, not to get inspiration from any deviation in the performance of duties during the span of work time.
Many leaders have been writing down their meditations about the importance of work ethics and how did their nations touch higher levels of development adopting ethics, one of them is Mahathir Mohammad, former prime minister of Malaysia, who will be remembered because of his struggle and victory in transformation of his country from a backward to a developed country. He also shared his thorny and bitter experiences in his book named as ”the Malaysia dilemma”.
The Muslim world deviated itself from the basic principles and teachings of Islam which were blessed by God to them to ensure prosperity and stability and a proper code of life. But the Muslim countries drifted into the malicious cycle of social economic, religious and economic challenges after putting side Islamic principles of honesty, sincerity, hard work and innovation. Subjugated Muslim states at the hands of European and other colonial powers and newly emerged Muslim states could not focus on human development, social, political and economic structure. The negligence of state rulers impelled them to depend on foreign countries. Malaysia’s success story after getting independence in 1957 from British and its leadership’s role in enforcing work ethics and rule of law are role model for the rest of the Muslim states.
The culture of laziness and lack of responsibility during performing duties have been prevailing throughout Pakistan since its emergence. Both public and Government sectors do not want to adhere to the basic requirements of their nature of jobs. The whole country has been entangling in a series of challenges such as poverty illiteracy, unemployment lawlessness, military intervention in domestic affairs, multiparty system, corruption from top to bottom in national institutions, crippling economy, floor crossing, horse trading, monarchy of rulers, dependence on foreign aid, selfishness, usage of laws for protection of irregularities, misuse of authority, sectarianism, extremism, terrorism, biased foreign policy and such kind of other knotty and disastrous challenges.
Pakistan can learn from the successful model of work ethics which have been practiced by world powers. For instance, Native Americans’ struggle from 16th century to the recent time is remarkable to mention as they made uncountable efforts to get rid from French, Portuguese, the Netherlands colonists and then from European monarch and after History of human development is full with such these examples in which many nations have enjoyed rise because of work ethics. Native Americans’ struggle from 16th century to the recent time is remarkable to mention as they made uncountable efforts to get rid from French, Portuguese, the Netherlands colonists and then from European monarch. After exponential dramatic political changes, they carried the day with the “status of Super Power” because of work ethics.
Steady decline of work ethics is examined in Pakistan since 1947. In 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, work ethics’ condition was much better than the recent today. In these days, professors had to perform the duties of clerks and teachers are being used as a clerical staff on the name of insufficient resources etc. and if a person fulfill his duties honestly, then he has to face music of the virtue from a strong lobby of corrupt people. In short, the whole structure of our system has corrupted and crushed.
Lastly, government will have to play its positive role providing conducive environment to all job holders. Trainings and seminars are required to arrange and it is demand of the time to teach the subject of ethics to students from primary or middle level with the contents of respect, responsibilities, duties, rights, good and bad, motivation, dedication, time management and such kind of other basic things that can foster them as good citizen of the land and the globe.
Last but not least, we have to adopt “Unity, faith and discipline “, as M.A Jinnah opines, if we want to enjoy climax with strong work ethics and mind-blowing societal values.