Story by: Bhawna Kohli, Educator, Ahlcon Group of Schools, New Delhi
According to a dictionary, “Commitment is the act of binding yourself intellectually or emotionally to a course of action.”
Commitment is a person’s moral obligation to his family, friends and to all those with whom he comes in contact in social and civil life. However, I feel it’s a responsibility that a person has towards the goals, mission and vision of the organization he/she is associated with. Moreover, it’s a voice of conscience points out to a person he ought to do towards his fellow-creatures.
Needless to say, we tend to paraphrase duty with commitment. From the outer layer, they may look the same, but as you look deeper you can spot the differences and similarities. Let’s have a look.
According to a dictionary, “Duty means work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons.”
Duty towards work is a quintessential part of everyone’s life, be he a laborer or a king, for the whole world is bound by the chain of duty. Everyone owes a duty to humanity at large. Your duties grow as you advance in years, and slowly they get manifold.
On the other hand, the word “commitment” has several dimensions to its meaning. Let’s understand commitment at work.
Commitment at work involves a certain amount of self–sacrifice. It often becomes necessary to give up one’s pleasures, comforts and interests. A person, however great and powerful he might be, owes a commitment towards his subject. He has to see to the welfare of his team and has to give protection to make them happy and contented.
A teacher’s commitment is to impart sound training to the students and to teach them obedience and discipline. A student owes in his turn duty to teacher in being obedient to him and in showing him due reverence.
Parents’ commitment is to take care of their children, to give them the best education in their capacity and also satisfy their general needs and nourish them happily. Similarly, the duty of children is to obey their parents, to love them and make them happy and to be their help and support.
An employees’ commitment is to obey to the boss faithfully and perform their work to the best of the ability, while the boss owes to them to treat with love and affection and to suitably recognize their services.
Higher authorities in an organization can sometimes encourage open and free communication. It helps in inculcating the strong work ethics, developing trust and helping employees to grow and celebrate success together.
Employees should be innovative in providing ideas and strategies for communication . I believe, innovators are committed employees and are always looking for inventive ways to do even the most mundane tasks.
Such employees should be valued by the organization and be encouraged to come up with better ideas to solve problems and be rewarded for their achievements and innovations.
Commitment at work also depends on learning opportunities a person gets into an organisation. Cross-training and other interactive methods also support overall development to retain the employees and at the same time, employees remain committed to their work.
In a nutshell, a dutiful and committed person is universally loved and respected.
The regular performance of work commitment develops the virtues of obedience, self-sacrifices and discipline, and in this way builds up a person’s character too. Such a person becomes ideal for others. By following his example and becoming as dutiful as he, others too, in their turn become great and noble.
I will do it!
I will lead others to do it!