MINISTER of Finance, Winston Jordan, on Thursday urged public servants to improve their quality of output in the workplace, and not be distracted with the social media posting during working hours, especially the political ones.
In his presentation at the Budget 2020 Sensitisation and Training session at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre, Jordan said that as the government is working towards increasing remuneration of their officers, it must be matched with improvement in performance and overall delivery of public services.
“I can say with confidence that public servants will get an increase in wages and salaries this year, and can expect a bigger increase in wages and salaries next year, after we would have won the General Elections. But productivity must rise,” Jordan urged.
He alluded to the politically-charged environment, where it is easy to become distracted or side-tracked, as such, he advised that they stay professional, “stay focused, and leave the politics to the politicians.”
“If we are to achieve a modern, competitive nation, managers must manage and supervisors must supervise… And the tracking cannot only relate to the ordinary worker. It has to be enforced from the top to the bottom. Too many senior personnel are featuring on Facebook and other social media during working hours, when they should be attending to the public or otherwise engaged in activities for which they are being paid. Irrespective of our impending new status, more money will mean nothing to us, will not result in our advancement, if we are not disciplined in our approach and outlook,” he pointed out.
The minister said that public servants ought to remember that they are here to deliver quality service to all