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Approach:

  1. Intro – define work culture.
  2. Discuss how good work culture encourages good governance.
  3. Conclusion.

Work culture is regarded as a set of practices, values and shared beliefs within an organization. It has a significant role in the way an organization functions. It is a way of life at the workplace as well as for society. Components of work culture are its vision, values, practices, people, and place. Organizations are made of people & institutions, and work culture reflects the quality of both. Worldwide successful governments and organizations are those which have a good work culture apart from other factors.

Work culture as a component of effective governance:

  • A good work culture imbibes the habit of punctuality and empathy which helps the officials/organization’s members to serve their objective/duty in better ways.
  • The lackadaisical attitude of officials working in few government institutions, hinders overall growth and image of the institution in the eyes of the public.
  • A healthy work culture promotes competition and spirit of the team in the organization which helps individuals to grow and work without fear.
  • A work culture that respects diversity, attracts better talent, thus serves the public in the best possible manner while a work culture, showing partiality, favouritism, nepotism, etc. demotivates talented and hard-working people.
  • A work culture where a team works in cooperation, helps people learn from each other’s errors and success. Thereby bringing the best out of the team.

In Indian work-culture, people do not accept change easily. Bureaucratic hurdles and a laidback approach to work in the government circles could result in delays in processing, an overload of paperwork and a general lack of confidence in the system.

A good work culture can shape the outcomes and the perception in the eyes of the public and also attracts the best available talent which in turn serves the organization better. Therefore the presence of a healthy and constructive work culture is of utmost importance.

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