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President of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen, has emphasised that teamwork must be maintained at the workplaces to ensure productivity.
“The JEA is about making the employer/employee relationship as smooth as possible, because at the end of the day, all of our enterprises depend on efficient employees,” he told the monthly meeting of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, held at the Golf View Hotel, in Mandeville, on January 7.
“We work with individual businesses to school them in best practices in the management of people. We want our businesses to be efficient and productive, but we want to do it in a harmonious relationship. None of us want to go to a workplace where people are tense, and where we have to ‘flog’ to get productivity out of our employees,” the President said.
He pointed out that studies have shown that in Jamaica, many workers perform best when good relationships exist at the workplace, and that employers and managers should ensure that systems exist to build and maintain congenial relationships at workplaces.
“We are relationship driven, especially in small enterprises. The relationship is more important than the pay cheque. The team spirit between supervisors, workers and managers is the driving force which makes the difference between a highly efficient workforce, and an inefficient workplace. No amount of money can make a workplace efficient, than a good relationship between individuals,” he said.

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