PM Harris outlines expectations of HR Management Department
From the press unit in the Office of the Press Unit
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The prime minister, the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris, met with the employees of the Human Resource Management Department of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis to outline clearly his expectations of that department and also to help boost the employees’ morale.
The meeting, held July 13 in the parliamentary lounge, gave the honourable prime minister the opportunity to directly address the men and women he referred to as the “gatekeepers” of public service. He also gave the staff members the rare opportunity to address their views and concerns directly to the leader of the country.
In addressing the employees, Harris impressed upon them the importance of the Human Resource Management Department to the proper functioning of the St. Kitts-Nevis government.
“We rely upon you to ensure that the staff is being paid, to ensure that deductions are made, to ensure a diverse number of human resource and personal needs are dealt with,” Harris told them. “We are relying upon you to provide briefings for the cabinet on a range of human resource issues. The setting up of any new department should have input from the Human Resource Management Department because it involves personnel issues and therefore, the Human Resource Management Department must be in a position to provide professional advice.”
“Your best efforts could be as simple as coming to work early,” he said. “Doing the best we can today may mean that you have to work an extra hour to get the job done to ensure, for example, that the teachers who come on in September would really be able to get paid at month’s end.”
Following the prime minister’s presentation, staff members were given the opportunity to express their views and concerns during a question-and[answer session.
The staff meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretary Josephine Huggins, permanent secretaries in the Office of the Prime Minister, Andrew Skerritt and Osbert DeSuza, and Chief Personnel Officer Torfrida Rochester.