MUCH has been said about what East Africa Community (EAC) stands for. Let’s not forget some things that EAC won’t stand for, just like one of the leaders in Zambia once lamented in public during his tenure that he was ‘tired of leading lazy bones.’ Lazy bones, one may ask?
They report to the office drunk, hang coats on swinging chairs to signify presence or being around, and his colleague will tell you that hold on a bit if you want his attention, because his coat is there and he must be in another office looking for a file or somewhere in the building, but gosh he has gone back to avoid his hangover in another grocery/bar adjacent by getting drunk.
When you meet him, there is nothing that would be disturbing and annoying than him trying to convince you that he is not drunk. Precisely alcohol is a mocker that must not be allowed to rule a public servant or whatever the name you will call him the next day once he is in office to serve the public.
Though research has not been done and data collected on the performance of a drunkard as a public servant in office the next day, but in summary his performance will be ‘coloured’ though some argue to work best after borrowing personality from alcohol.
With a population of over 150 million people, the community want to build a bloc that can create a market for its goods, and service for its people, but not long to have a people from another member state to dominate its industries/business because they are disciplined, hardworking and sober all the times.
How would a customer feel to be served by a man/civil servant who has much alcohol in his system and ought to be charged ‘a liquor tax’ for crossing the State line and being ‘a demigod’ in office at the detriment of office?
The point is, as citizens of EAC, we should remove the logs in our eyes before rushing to remove the specks in Politicians’ eyes as they struggle to unite the bloc. Work discipline is low in the bloc if one compares the way we work with other Unions like the European Community I once had a chance to visit.
As citizens of EAC, socioeconomic goals, developed by the people who interact with others should drive us, because in all societies, cultures and religions are shared by all to allow us to live together peacefully, in spite of different individual interests or ideas at the workplace.
All citizens of the bloc should relate with others in the member States based on a sense of mutual respect and responsibility, solidarity, fairness and tolerance, and adopt the golden rule of reciprocity which states that do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you at the workplace.
There should be justice, fairness, meaning rejecting bribery and corruption as a means of gaining advantages which local legal frameworks do not allow in any member state and the bloc.
At the same time, equal treatment, meaning no discrimination or different treatment is possible with respect to gender, sex, ethnic, religion and if you want to argue that the point of being at work is to work, you’re right.
But if you find yourself rarely participating in conversations, it can have undesired consequences that affect you and those around you. You’re not obligated to like everyone; not everyone has to like you either at the workplace, however, having good manners and a friendly disposition can go a long way.
Just think about how significantly your day can change when someone smiles at you. Change and work morale will happen with or without you, so it’s up to you to either take part in it or watch it from the outskirts.
If you truly feel that a new method of doing something will be counterproductive to the EAC’S goals, express your concerns for it can quickly revolutionize the bloc to high heights. There’s nothing as energy sapping as having to deal with a spiteful, pessimistic co-worker. One of the first habits to get into when trying to overcome the negative cycle is to focus on the bright side of things.
Life isn’t always perfect. Things do go wrong, but even when they do, if you focus your energy towards what you’ve learned from a bad situation, you can manage it better in the future. Being able to accept a situation and move forward is fundamental to having a positive outlook.
Conversations with coworkers always demand a certain level of discretion in order to protect people’s privacy and respect their boundaries. Asking too many personal questions and meddling in people’s private affairs can make them feel cornered and uncomfortable.
If someone wants to involve you, you will be brought in the loop. Some people say they work best under pressure but procrastination becomes a problem when it begins to impede your performance.
Projects get delayed, you get stressed, and the quality of your work can suffer and this should not be encouraged in the bloc. The best way to break a habit is to drop it. Quitting procrastination takes a good schedule, and time Another way to share your experience with others is to give them feedback and recognition.
The bonus to you is that supporting others in this way usually results in you getting the same thing back from your co-workers, engagement solution, and dedication.
EAC as a bloc want to deliver and its people should not operate on a say that man inherently dislikes to work and must be forced to work or by the Chinese saying that man likes gold (sweet) and fears weapons (sweating to achieve) because these are not the cornerstones of development and improvement just like our counterparts in the European Union are.