Help for the employed
While the national focus for several months has been on laid off public servants, a key Government office is shifting its attention to the employees left to do the work.
The Office of Public Sector Reform announced yesterday it had secured the services of two private sector counselling agencies to help public officers left in the service cope with all the pressure that would have been occasioned by the termination of more than 3 000 colleagues.
Through its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), explained director Michael Archer, his office had launched the initiative through which Network Services Inc. and Synapse Limited would conduct group sessions with workers to help them adjust to the new work environment. Initially, the National Housing Corporation, National Conservation Commission and the Ministry of Transport and Works, from which the largest number of workers were sent home, would be targeted.
Archer said the counselling was aimed at raising staff morale by helping workers to deal with the challenges of losing their colleagues.
Senior counsellor with Network Services Anderson Kellman, who outlined the programme, said it would be based on three legs – including meeting with personnel officers of the departments and sharing best practices for developing exit strategies to be employed when dismissing workers. (LK)