Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss wants to see a greater national focus on productivity that leads to employment, and less talk of job cuts and downsizing.
Addressing the 40th anniversary dinner of the Barbados Association of Office Professionals (BAOP) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last night, he expressed concern that “the Barbados of today is still too engaged in talks about layoffs and downsizing”.
“We need to urgently make a paradigm shift in our thought processes and actions that will lead right away to hirings and upsizing,” Inniss said.
While praising BAOP for having an organisation whose objective was to focus on production and not negativity, he pointed out that in times past the qualities of the Barbadian worker were reflected in their “warm smiles” and a “genuine willingness to help and circumstances where going beyond the call of duty was the uncompensated norm and not a well-paid exception.
“One may also argue that those were the days when productivity in this island was extremely high. Perhaps that is anecdotal, perhaps it is not. However, many of us can readily attest to a perspective that workers seemed to be more productive back then,” Inniss added.