It wasn’t until I took up my MBA at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business that I realized the importance and value of seeing corporate mission and vision instilled in business organizations. Back in 1994, this practice was never followed. Most organizations would simply be occupied with getting effective people, and would often brainstorm for business expansion and improvement, not realizing that in the start, the whole process had no direction at all. 

Imagine joining an organization just for the sake of getting work without knowing what a company’s purpose for existence and long term goals are. Ironically, applicants could care less, and besides, revenue and earning a living is all that matters above everything else. A people filled with people may be overstaffed in most cases, each employee probably doing the same routine work that is similar to other employees in the same department. Now people would not want multi-tasking of course, but in most cases, a clear definition of multi-tasking should be taken out for the purpose of fully understanding what this really means. Mission and Vision Statement

Multi-tasking is simply known as doing a number of duties that should be assigned to different people. A task is something that will be present in the job descriptions of employees, and while people don’t really care much about it, it is easy to sense when one is already doing multi-tasking jobs. One aspect that stands out is doing a line of work that has totally nothing to do with his current field. Like for example, a marketing person who also does financial audit work is a clear example of multi-tasking. But a job that is inclined on clerical duties, but would eventually evolve towards a computer encoding job is not. This is a notion that people would consider not in their job description. This is actually enhancing their job and making life easier for them. Remaining satisfied in one line of work that has been the usual practice will eventually be enhanced at some point, and with technology’s fast evolvement, it is not surprising that usual routine work requires some effort as far as making it work. 

Computerization and systems implementation to assist people in their daily responsibilities will only work if the proper information and adjustments of procedures have been done. A system is usually viewed as something that will do all the work, but without inputs coming from employees, it is a total waste of time in investment. This is something that most people should understand, and lastly, something that they should not consider as replacing their place in the corporate hierarchy. No businesses will success without the guide of local manpower. They are still needed to ensure that a machine can operate properly and efficiently and not to mention that system enhancements originate from the people who have been accustomed to their daily job responsibilities, something that most system input will need.

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Originally posted on July 22, 2006 @ 9:16 am


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