“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect...” - Margaret Mitchell
Since the new Director came, the crisis hands-down to him from the ex-Director is still not settled although the department is trying very hard to overcome the hurdles. The heart is beating faster and faster and yet the situation is still at status quo. Approval from the Minister is long awaiting and the concept papers have changed hands so many times.
To release some tension, yesterday we decided to have staff gathering at the theaterette. For the management to meet with staff and for staff to voice grouses or concerns. The main agenda was to inform them of the department’s new structure, to give out awards for winners of the Recognition Program and to announce upgrading and confirmations. And most important, to have makan-makan after that. Nasi Tomato ordered from Che Dan will be the menu of the day.
Staffs have been talking behind our backs on the restructuring initiatives. Restructuring is not the correct word to use as it will scare a lot of people. Of course there will be worries, but staff should be honest with themselves and should be open to changes. Opinions were sought to reduce suspicions. The initiatives must be seen as a way of improvement to address some inefficiency. Structures and functions should be changed accordingly to jive with ever changing needs of the department and the industry and to keep abreast with new development globally.
I’m confident all of us could acclimatize to the new work culture without much hassle.