A workforce that is motivated and content, work with devotion and passion, strives for achievement and betterment, indicates the power of a spiritual and honest mind, said President Mr Pranab Mukherjee at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.
Spirituality means embodying kindness, compassion and selflessness. If these values flourish in our offices and factories, they would become happy and productive workplaces, the President said while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM World Confluence of Humanity, Power & Spirituality Programme here at New Delhi.
Their effect will transmit to the wider community. At the organisational level, companies have to look at how they are upholding their values. How congruous are their actions with regard to what they espouse as their values? How ethical are their actions and how fair are their practices? What behaviours in their employees are they rewarding ? Are these behaviours consistent with their values? Is there trust within the organisation and is the organisation trusted by the outside world for its integrity?”, said President of India.
India is a nation with a large young population. The youth is our greatest strength and our beacon of hope for a brighter future. We have to ensure that our rich civilization values are instilled in them. If business leaders and other stakeholders come together, we can actualize the potential of our bright young minds. As we strive for higher levels of socio-economic development, we need to ensure that we remain connected to our values, said Mr. Mukherjee.
Organisations have to ensure that their culture-the way they do things promotes a spirit of inclusion and collaboration. Working towards self-actualization has to be a way of life for the employees. An organisation that believes in and works towards spirituality at workplace will ensure that its people have every opportunity to self-explore, seek a higher purpose and behave with others with kindness and selflessness.
In today’s world which is becoming more and more insular, it is imperative that we use spirituality to guide us in our thoughts, deeds and actions. Spirituality shows us how to treat others. All religions profess values for reformation of the human being. The Gita says and I quote: “Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion”, said President of India.