The local public sector stands to lose some of its best and brightest minds unless it develops an effective orientation procedure to properly inculcate its employees into the culture of the service.
This is the view of Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Training Administration Division, Charles Burnett, who revealed that more employees were voicing frustration and dissatisfaction with the lack of proper on-the-job induction programmes for new and current employees.
He was speaking today during the launch of the Division’s new Orientation Development Programme at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
The programme is aimed at equipping middle to senior level personnel officers with the knowledge to design and conduct orientation programmes for their respective ministries and departments.
Induction programmes seek to familiarise new entrants and public officers with the rules and regulations of the public service, as well as the operations of their workplaces.
According to Mr. Burnett, the Barbados public service has been lauded and admired by a number of developing countries across the world for its work ethic. He however, stressed that those gains would be for naught if these human resource issues were not addressed.
“Too many persons complain that they walk into ministries and departments without any sort of introduction to the job and guidelines of the civil service…Orientation is designed to make them comfortable and help them get to know the structure and persons in the organisation, in order to make them an effective member of the workplace,” he explained.