I was in Phuentsholing over the weekend and it was a pleasant break. One evening I was near the Bhutan gate and I sat there watching what seemed to me like the busiest place in the country. I did not quite count the number of vehicles and people. leaving and entering, but it certainly seemed like it could have been well over thousands.
Scores of vehicles and people moving about, horns blaring and music blasting from the town nearby and add heat on that, monitoring people and vehicles definitely did not make their job look easy. The officials in grey uniform and the policemen in their blues, very diligently carry out their tasks. We are thankful they make it possible for us to sleep peacefully at night although we may not always mention it.
Sitting there and watching them, I wondered if there was anything that could be done to make their jobs a little less taxing. Uniforms identify workers and I do not intend on arguing about it. Uniforms also make it easier for staff to carry out their tasks in many ways. My short visual experience lets me to believe that uniforms could do all that and yet, make it easier for the person wearing it, to feel comfortable in it to discharge their duties with more comfort so that work could be done more efficiently. Working in the sweltering heat in uniforms which definitely serve the purpose of official identification could at the same time prove to be a little more user-friendly by reducing heat and hence less sweating and possibly more focus on what they maybe doing. I am quite certain that even under such high stress levels of both mind and body, the officials have not faltered in their duty but a little ease in doing what they do would make their lives easier.
Uniforms could become more comfortable depending on the work environment. It would allow for better efficiency and definitely a symbol of dynamism as befitting a public service provider when we talk so much of employee motivation and work environment.
While walking back to my car I realized just how hot Phuentsholing was beginning to become and thinking of how sweaty working there could be, I thought I needed a cold shower and something light to wear but what about those staff working there, day and night, hot or wet. I suppose they just have to wait till after work to get their cold shower.