Creating Attractive Environment for Public Sector Workers Important – Ambassador Saunders

Photo: Donald Delahaye Civil Servant of the Year 2015, Barbara Allen (right), accepts a framed citation from Chief Operating Officer, First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union, Maria Morrison, during the official launch of Civil Service Week 2015 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, recently.

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  • Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, says creating an attractive environment for public sector workers is crucial in the retention of high-performing persons within the sector.
  • Ambassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, was speaking at the official launch of Civil Service Week 2015 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston recently.
  • Civil Service Week 2015 will run from November 15-20 under the theme: ‘Diligently and Relentlessly Pursuing Quality Public Services for Sustainable Development’.

Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Douglas Saunders, says creating an attractive environment for public sector workers is crucial in the retention of high-performing persons within the sector.

“There must be a public service environment, which attracts and retains the best of Jamaica, where employees feel engaged and included, and there is collaboration, willingness to listen and problem solving,” he said.

“I just want to underline the imperative matter relating to an attractive environment, not least of all compensation and notwithstanding the recent agreements coming out of the wage negotiations, but that significant enhancement of those benefits are unavoidable,” he said.

Ambassador Saunders, who is head of the civil service, was speaking at the official launch of Civil Service Week 2015 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston recently.

He noted that public servants are crucial to the sustainable development of the country, and they need to continue adapting to the various changes they will encounter, both from clients and the environment in which they work.

“It is about movement, change, flexibility and adding value all year round, even while we experience inevitable change and reform in a wide range of areas. That experience of change helps us to better understand the changes also being experienced by our clients, who come to us for services and support,” he contended.

He noted that Civil Service Week provides opportunity for engagement in a wide range of supporting and enriching activities, for reflection on the past, as well as projections into the future of the public service.

“It gives an opportunity for reviewing the achievements in the public sector, celebration of the work of public servants as well as reflecting on the areas in which we can improve even further, our contributions and performance,” he said.

The Cabinet Secretary encouraged civil servants to fully participate in the week of activities.

During the ceremony, Barbara Allen was named as the 2015/16 Civil Servant of the Year. She is employed at the Ministry of Education in the capacity of Senior Director in the Planning and Development Division.

Ms, Allen succeeds Senior Customs Officer, Sean Barrow.

Civil Service Week 2015 will run from November 15-20 under the theme: ‘Diligently and Relentlessly Pursuing Quality Public Services for Sustainable Development’.

Activities for the week will kick off with several church services across the island.  The service for the Corporate Area will be held at the Church of the Open Bible on Washington Boulevard.

Other activities include: a long service awards ceremony, quiz competition and after-work exposition and concert.

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