|Correctional Officers – Being Selfish is a Good Thing|
|By Carl ToersBijns, former deputy warden, ASPC Eyman, Florence AZ|
As public servants we are taught to be unselfish and devoted to public needs and demands while giving up some of our own and do so generously. Now, I don’t have a problem with being a good public servant and my service record will reflect I cooperated generously and unselfishly towards the common good we often talk about in the criminal justice system. The fact remains we are born being selfish and that’s a fact.
There need not be a conflict between society’s needs and your own. One can give generously and still receive sufficient self-gratification to be satisfied with your desires socially and culturally. It does, after all is said, boost your morale and the morale of others. Being selfish creates a personal incentive to excel or do better in life if kept in perspective. The trick is to align or merge your selfishness with those demands of your organization, stockholders, and community.
Law enforcement personnel aligned with their work, joint self- development and performance are positive attributes for others to benefit from thus it should never be taken away or criticized when it appears to be balanced in nature and actions. I think it’s fair to say that it is the organization that benefits the most when an employee seeks to excel and shares or gives those benefits to the job and team. Together they will work steadfast for mutual gains as well as a motivator for noble morale. The reasons for this is clear - Good morale and a motivated employee will:
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