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The Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) is celebrating National Employers’ Month in September, with focus to be placed on the regularisation of businesses and improving best practices.
JEF President, Wayne Chen, speaking with JIS News at the launch held at the JEF headquarters in Kingston yesterday, (Sept. 1) said that with the global economic crisis “bearing down of the country’s economy,” the Federation will be seeking to sensitise businesses about the need to formalise operations in order to ensure higher productivity.
“What we are really doing is raising the consciousness of best practices, working with regulators. We believe that formalising, developing, training, and improving business practices will raise productivity and in turn, lead to more efficiency that is more profitable and more sustainable,” he asserted.
He said that the introduction and implementation of best practices as outlined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is one of the JEF’s missions.
“It is clear that Jamaica needs to improve its productivity levels, and as such, the formalisation of businesses through regular lobbying to create business-friendly policies, to encourage (employers) to treat (workers) properly, and overtime, to treat and improve the productivity of their workers, so that they can share in the prosperity as businesses become more efficient and profitable, is important. This can only lead to a better working environment and productivity,” Mr. Chen argued.

President of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen, addresses the launch of the JEF’s 6th annual National Employers’ Month yesterday (Sept. 1) at the organisation’s headquarters in Kingston. The month-long celebration will be held from September 2-30.

National Employers’ Month is being celebrated from September 2 to 30 under the theme: ‘Succeeding in Turbulent Times: Partnership, Performance, Productivity’.
Activities during the month include a public discussion session, a young entrepreneurs’ forum and a chief executive officers breakfast.
Members will be making courtesy calls on Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, the Minister of Labour and Social Security Hon. Pearnel Charles, and the Leader of the Opposition the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. There will also be a tour of the JEF offices and a members’ forum, where topical issues beneficial to the organisation’s growth will be discussed.
“Our members’ forum will look at topical issues where our panel will discuss workplace issues, domestic issues, and mental issues,” informed Chief Executive Officer of the JEF, Brenda Cuthbert.
“So, while it may take up time, it is guaranteed to be benefit organisations (as these are some of the issues that they face in the workplace) everyday,” she stated.

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