Talk of the Hour: As Salaries Need Improvement, So Does the Civil Service

The Chairman of the Sudan’s federal workers trade union (SFWTU), engineer Yusuf Ali Abdul Kareem, reveals that the new scale of wages for the government’s employees will be incorporated in the upcoming budget of 2020, pointing out that a memorandum in this concern has been submitted by SFWTU to the minister of finance and economic planning, Dr. Ibrahim Al Badawi, explaining that they ask for a meeting with him to discuss implementation of the matter.
Likewise, Dr. Al Badawi says that the civil service is in need of rearrangement and restructuring, going to tackle the issue of salary increase, adding that bigger increase will be given for the employees at the lower ranks, while the ones who occupy higher ones will be lesser.
However, dissatisfaction over wages is not separable from the one that relates to performance of the national civil service broadly- as salaries need improvement and upgrading urgently, so is the national civil service broadly.
It is worth mentioning that the ministry of labor, administrative reform and development of human resources previously happens to indicate that the reform of the civil service needs strict political commitment if it is to get upgraded appropriately.
The ministry goes on to emphasize that the reform process should start from bottom levels up to the top ones, explaining that listening to views of the different states over the issue of the civil service is a must, indicating that there are 54 trials conducted previously with the aims to rehabilitate the civil service. ‘Unfortunately, they are all doomed to failure due to lack of: political discipline, exact analysis and assessment of the problems transparently’.
The ministry calls on the employees to change positively their behavior, advising that they are to get involved in the decision, adding that if for the country is to be on an equal footing with the developed nations, the civil service should receive all the due consideration, therefore production and productivity will automatically go up.
The ministry goes to advise the employees in the civil service to distance themselves from the ills of affiliation geographically and tribally, seeing it as much appropriate that the qualified person should be put in the suitable place.
And the ministry concludes by urging the employees nationally to free themselves from the ills of bureaucracy which are the biggest stumbling block to any kind of development, pointing out that the employees, especially the ones that relate to the public sector, should bear in mind that they are employed merely to serve the public nationally.
Needless to say, history is full to the brim with literature about the civil service, especially the human factor and its role in enhancing life, especially developmentally. To begin with, there are Terry and Anna Philips who are very concerned to motivate individuals by being given all the needed due heed if for production and productivity are to get boosted noticeably, going to explain the point like this; ‘on one side we have work. On the other side we have the time available. Work must equal the time available. We must have enough time to do the work we have to do presently’.
They went to say that in order for the work to be done efficiently, its amount should be reduced, indicating that such a thing is not without exceptions. ‘It is very difficult to apply this to learning; when you are studying, attending lectures, doing research, etc. you should have to do them all’.
As a way out from the dilemma, they suggested many alternatives; increase of the time available: either one is to get up an hour earlier or to work to a later time, or not to take many breaks during the day.
Terry and Anna Philips saw that there is some shortcoming associated with the proposal; it is rest which is of much significance, exactly as work is.
In their opinion, there are other options which they think worth coping; the current work should be done at the correct time. ‘If it is not to be done at the appropriate time, then it is to become a previous work, which is problematic, since it becomes an additional burden which as a solution should be accomplished simultaneously with the previous work.
They go on to say that for boosting production and productivity, the concerned employee should be spared the disturbance of some entities which they call time thieves, going further to illustrate them as follows; firstly, people as time thieves. ‘They are the hard working people who insist to interrupt your work in order to have theirs got done’.
Secondly, the friendly colleagues who are merely after talking and chatting-just inconsiderate of whether you are busy doing something important or not.
Thirdly, there are some other things which are also considered as time thieves, such as the mobile phone which keeps to distract you by ringing all the time.
Fourthly, there are ‘The To Do List’-the many things that should be done and that you are confused as to which one that should be done first. In this regard, Terry and Anna Philips saw that the employee should be decisive as which work that should immediately get done first.
Fifthly, the hungry stomach as time thief. So, in this case one needs to search for food before initiating the work-something that is to have adverse effects to accomplish the assigned tasks as scheduled.
Finally, the tired brain as a time thief. In this case, the individual needs something to stimulate them, especially mentally, such as the searching for a cup of tea or coffee to drink.
Terry and Anna Philips tackled issues such as motivation, complaints and appreciation as major factors that are to reflect positively in the boosting up of production and productivity satisfactorily. ‘The employees need incentives, need someone to listen to their complaints and need someone to approve well of of their works’.
Michael Elliot, writer, stressed the point of rewarding salary as one of the factors to make the employee to double efforts to increase production tangibly, adding that the satisfactory salary makes the immigrants in America to change their work patterns noticeably. One of them talked about this point like this; ‘in America we can do any kind of job, no matter how insignificant or inferior it is, as long as it is financially rewarding. At home we are engineers, in New York it does not matter to do any kind of job even if it is to do with bakery’.
The writer indicated that such a kind of behavior has profited America a lot, pointing out that since 1970 it has admitted about 15 million legal immigrants, disclosing that such an orientation has made out of US the most impressive nation in modern times, especially economically. ‘And since these immigrants are overwhelmingly inspirational and entrepreneurial, their absorption in US is a guarantee that it will keep vigorously and continuously to renew itself’.
Of relevance here is Japan whose unique experiment in the domain of employment deserves copying worldwide. The employee there has only to devote whole efforts and times for work. All burdens that are to distract them from this, are all be shouldered by the employers. So, the secret of seeing Japan as installing itself at the helm of the advanced and developed nations, especially economically, has just emanated from here.
It goes without saying that all the developing countries, especially Sudan, are badly in need of all the above mentioned illuminating patterns. Historically, especially during the era governance by the British, it enjoyed all the merits of having a model civil service. But, unfortunately, now such a thing is utterly lacking and things do keep deteriorating ever since.

Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal

Talk of the Hour
Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
Email : Ahmedibrahimballal@hotmail.com
Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal

Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal

Talk of the Hour Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal Email : Ahmedibrahimballal@hotmail.com

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