- Writers will be invited to present their essays verbally before a panel of judges and the top 2 females and males will be selected.
- Cash prizes of Shs 500,000 and 300,000 (winner and runner-up respectively)
- Institute of Work Culture and Ethics will also carry out “caught doing it”, a system where they will visit different organisations to do spot checks on those who have performed well so that they will be reward.
By Franklin Draku
Kampala-Two new categories have been added to the list of those to receive work culture and ethics award of excellence 2018. Youth essay competition and employed individuals are the latest to be added to the previous local and international corporate companies.
During the launch of the 2018 edition of the work culture and ethics day yesterday at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Mr. Sam Bwaya, the Executive Director of Institute of work culture and ethics said the two categories were added to recognize the efforts of the youths and employed individuals who have made valuable contributions towards work culture and ethics. “This year we have added the youths. For them they will be required to write essay about work culture and ethics, which will be judged by a panel of very competent individuals. We urge the youths to take up this challenge seriously and tell us what they know about work culture and ethics”, he said.
He also said employed individuals have been given a chance to showcase what they have done at their work places to promote excellence at their places of work. “We know so many things have gone wrong in this country, but this time we are saying, let’s reward excellence and help to build the work culture and ethics in the country.” he said.
Florence Tayebwa Muhwezi, the Assistant Commissioner in the ministry of public service said as a government entity, they are fully behind the work culture and ethics initiative and will popularize the culture in all the public institutions. She said they are designing work culture and ethics curriculum which they will introduce in the school of civil service based in Jinja. “The work culture and ethics is a very good initiative and as a ministry, we shall ensure that it is popularized and incorporated in our systems.” She said.
Why work culture and ethics awards
Launched last year, the objective of the Work Culture and Ethics Day is to promote ethical work culture across Uganda; publicise tools that may be used to assess the status of work culture and ethics for organizations and individuals; recognise and reward organisations and individuals who exhibit ethical work practices; and encourage the Public, Private, and Development Sectors to institutionalize work culture and ethics in their policies, programs and practices.
The selection process will run from 1st March 2018, starting with an online Self-Assessment by individuals and organisations; then the competitors will go through a verification process before identifying finalists to be recognised at the Work Culture and Ethics Day (WCED) on 26th July 2018. The oragnisers say only entries that meet at least 60% score on self-assessment will be invited to the next level which shall require validation of the submissions.
Organizations and Employed individuals:
Entry into the competition is by completing an on-line self-assessment tool. Interested parties will log-in on-line, complete an on-line self-assessment tool, and establish their own scores. Individuals and organizations that score at least 60% will be invited to enter the competition.
All entries will be reviewed and a short-list of the top 15 in each category will be selected for verification.
Youths Essay Competition
Entry into the competition will be by submitting a written essay under the topic “Ethics and integrity: The difference I will make.”
All entries will be reviewed and a short list of the top 10 essays will be selected for further scrutiny.