Being loved and being appreciated is basic to the efficiency of an individual, irrespective of the age group. A tumbling toddler will be motivated to make one more attempt at the sound of a clap, a pat on the back or a smile and the golden words, ‘Good Job, keep it up.’ Pre-schoolers return home beaming with a sticker on their hands and a smiley breaks all the inhibitions to try yet again. A child in each of us, never grows up so the need for a pat on the back never loses its significance.
With mounting pressures in organizations, deadlines to be met, competitions and we in race of excellence, with no intentions of not being human, we are more than often so mechanical in our approach to the most critical factor ‘Affective Domain: Mann ki Baat’. As an employee, I have been disappointed on not being appreciated on my tireless efforts towards a cause and so I decided to get stingy while extending the same gesture. As I believe, I can only share what I get and the vicious circle continues. So it’s time to ponder and be the breath of fresh air, I look for myself. Let Smiles, polite replies, appreciation notes, empathy, compassion be my synonyms.
At Department of Education, MRU we focus on deliberate inculcation of these attributes. ‘Happiness be the by-default mode’. A happy teacher will be able to carve a masterpiece out of every child. Through our specially designed workshops for our students we focus on the ‘Understanding Self’ capacity. The objective here is to fine-tune the ‘Affective Domain’ in the students. It’s not about teaching smiling, being empathetic or being compassionate but making them aware that our success with any organization is primarily driven by how we manage people and their emotions. So let smile be the culture to begin with!!
Dr. Babita Parashar
HoD, Faculty of Education, MRU