The ruling New National Party (NNP) administration has announced plans to initiate an Employee Assistance Programme in which public workers will be given special attention in order to bring about increased productivity at the workplace.
The Employee Assistance Programme was launched last week by the Department of Public Administration (DPA).
In speaking to reporters at the weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Legal Affairs, Elvin Nimrod said this new initiative which will be done in collaboration with government and the Private Sector, will aid all government employees, providing a range of social services.
“The government of Grenada is very concerned about the value, welfare, well being of its employees and of course these measures will be put in place to help our system. For example, there would be counselling services available, there would be assistance given to persons who have work related challenges, whether emotional, social, psychological problems – of course we have trained professionals who will conduct those work,” Nimrod said.
According to Nimrod, government is hopeful that in the end employees will be more fortified in terms of their health and wellness on the job.
“We believe this is a very ambitious project and we of course (are) inviting the co-operation and assistance of all to make sure that this project becomes a success that all of us want it to be.
“….Of course obviously, there will be some challenges down the road because when it comes to mental health and other things like that some people will view this as something very personal and of course will not necessarily make themselves available for our services that might be available.
“… I am sure that you would agree with me that this is a step in the right direction and of course we do hope that the programme succeeds.
Details were not given about the financial cost involved in running the programme.