Office professionals here are being challenged to move mountains and not be daunted by storms in the workplace.
In an Administrative Professionals’ Day address on Wednesday at the annual Barbados Association of Office Professionals (BAOP) luncheon, Pedro Welch, a retired University of the West Indies professor, implored the office professionals to pursue outcomes that symbolize victories whenever they face problems at work.
“Mountains may represent at one and the same time, things to avoid or things to embrace,” Welch told those gathered at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for the luncheon.
“As Caribbean administrators you are going to see mountains. They are going to be there. I don’t know what the mountains are going to be. For some of you the mountain will be your boss . . . your mountain might well be a refusal to update the equipment in the office, the mountain might well be employees who refuse to collaborate or cooperate, but that coming storm or problem you face should not deter you from reaching out,” he said in the address themed, Caribbean Administrations Working Together . . . Move Mountains.
Stating that someone within the organization should have the vision and the capacity to see “the possibility of dealing with the mountain”, the historian reminded the office professionals that no matter how nice they were or how often they prayed, “some staff will get under your skin”.
In addition, he said, the storms that they face could be disruptive, but there was a need to see beyond those proverbial storms.
“Sometimes the storm comes, but we have to see beyond the storm . . . . Sometimes we will make mistakes as administrators. Never assume you have all the answers and that everything is going perfect because you decided. That is not always going to happen. At times the storm will destroy your building, at times your file will go missing.
“So you as administrators seeking to move mountains, expect storms, but see past them. Expect storms, but also expect the victory. It will come but it requires patience. You may have to eat humble pie. In some cases you may have to apologize to someone [and] in some cases you will have to cry,” Welch said.
Meanwhile, BAOP President Sandra Hinds said the organization would continue to seek to elevate the standards of administrative professionals through relevant training to ensure that “whatever mountains confront us from day to day . . . we will overcome them because with God all things are possible”.