It has been very aptly said that “orders will be obeyed if they make sense”. An order which does not make any sense simply can not be carried out. Orders are instructions or directions given by a superior to a subordinate to carry out an act or not to carry out a particular act. Orders can be given by superior to a subordinate and subordinate must be able to make sense of the order so as to carry it out. Order is enforceable instruction and punishment can be given for not carrying out the order, but an order to be carried out must have the following characteristics:
- It must be reasonable, understandable and carriable.
- Order must be complete. for immediate compliance.
- An order must be compatible with one’s duties and responsibility and he should have the tools and resources to carry it out.
- The order should be clear, intelligible and complete.
- The tone of the order should be appropriate. It should stimulate ready acceptance.
- It must specify the time within which the instruction should be carried out and competed.
Orders have to follow a technique of issuance as follows:
- General of speck order: The manager while issuing the order should decide whether the order is of general concerning all operations or is specific in nature and for a specific group or individual.
- Written or oral order: An order should be properly written will complete set of operating instructions and other relevant information it maybe oral of it is ordinary and immediate type.
- Formal or informal: It may be formal or informal.
- Timely: Order should be timely and give enough time for compliance.