One young dynamic engineer working in a public sector organization, comes to his duty exactly at 8.00am when his office opens and works hard up to 5.00pm when his office closes .He is committed to his organization, thinks about cost control, productivity and performance of the organization as a team. But he is not extrovert or smart enough to say good morning to his boss, praise the hard working of his boss and visit his boss’s house and have a gossip with madam and give her a birthday card. He was considered to be an average performer and was not considered for promotion on several occasions. His friend is smart enough and knows the rule of the game in a public sector organization well. He came to his office and then immediately wish his boss a good morning and discussed with boss’s favorite topic cricket and how Azaharuddin and Tendulkar saved the day for India in the yesterday’s one day match and how poor was the fielding etc … After this he goes to his room and gossip with his female colleague and friends. In the meantime it will be lunch break and he will proceed to home. After lunch he will watch some time the ongoing cricket match and will reach his office by 3.30pm. He will open his files and will start working. At about 6.00pm he will go to his boss’s room to take some advice and came back to his room. He will look to the lights of boss’s room and when he will found that boss had left for home he will also left office without wasting a single moment. During Diwali, Puja or other festival he will wish to madam with a small sweet packet. Productivity, efficiency, cost control, organizational goal: who cares? He was considered to be one of the best performer. He never missed any promotion. After 12 years his introvert friend busy with file, inventory control ,cost control, productivity became a deputy manager but he is already a chief manager of the company and a blue eyed boy for the organization. He is the master of the game, yes he is master of the game of working in a public enterprise and have his share of cake and eat it too. But in this process who is the gainer and who is the loser?
The working culture in public enterprises now a days are not very different from the working of our political parties. If you have good relation with the leader and he likes you, you can become a MLA, MP or minister irrespective of your popularity or capability. But, if the leader did not like you, irrespective of your hard working and contribution to the party and your potential you have to remain as an ordinary worker. This may be tenable, though not logical and justified in a political party, but the same is not at all acceptable in a public enterprise doing economic activities or business. In this process the casualty are efficiency, productivity, work culture etc. The hard working workers became disillusioned knowing that hard working has no value in the organization and only sycophancy, buttering will pay the dividend. This will have a spiraling effect in the organization, and in these days of competition , globalization ultimately the public enterprise will become sick. The people of the country have to pay the price for it. It is very unfortunate that we do lot of due and cry when any sick public enterprise collapses on its own weight or government has a proposal to disinvest its shares in a public enterprise, but we never try to impart a “work revolution” or “work culture” in a public enterprise. This is because it suits most of the people who had already become “master of the game”.