In the face of the island’s economic challenges, the Productivity Council has embarked on a major programme to lift output in the public sector.
Manager of Training and Development at council, Shawn Callender, told reporters this morning that the Productivity Best Practices workshop that opened at the General Post Office was part of the Department Adoption Training Thrust programme, designed to create productivity awareness and advocacy.
Callender said that given the economic situation and the focus on productivity, it was necessary for the council to address these issues in a practical manner. “So, we came up with these programmes to help public sector and statutory corporation employees become more efficient and effective and focus on quality as well because quality is a very important element when it comes to productivity…
“We still need to have departments and agencies working better, managers motivating their employees to produce more and we believe there must be performance measures in place in order for productivity to improve, because without performance measures, it is very difficult to say whether productivity is improving or not,” he added.
He stressed that there were some workers in Barbados doing very good work.
“But, what they need is encouragement, they need reinforcement. They don’t need persons to be constantly telling them what they are doing wrong. We need people to start telling them what they are doing right,” he underscored.
He urged employers to recognise the good work of their employees by offering non-cash incentives and congratulating them for a job well done.
Callender noted that the council offered a number of programmes, including GET UP! and one for young school leavers, and he said the response to them had been encouraging.
“Many departments are coming on board because they are now recognising the importance of productivity and helping employees to understand what productivity and work ethics are all about. We are encouraging more organisations to get on board with us, so we can push the message of productivity further … so that everybody knows what productivity is because it is not about working harder, but working smarter,” he said.
The training at the GPO continues tomorrow and will end next week Friday.