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(From left) Patrick Hinkson, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Office – Tele (Barbados) Inc., and John Howard, President of Summit International Bank, speaking with Rosalind Jackson, Managing Director of Caribbean Catalyst Inc.

 
   

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Business Monday: BBE Programme 2012 to focus on productivity

2/20/2012

By Nadia Brancker


PRODUCTIVITY has become a major obstacle in both public and private sector reform. It has been stated that Barbados can only compete in a global world if we improve our productivity.

The improvement of productivity is a major thrust of the Catalyst Inc. initiative Barbados Best Employers (BBE) 2012 programme.

Rosalind Jackson, Managing Director of Caribbean Catalyst Inc., last week at Courtyard Marriott explained “We are committed to BBE, a biennial programme, because of its focus on working to highlight and improve national productivity and organisational profitability through promoting continuous improvement of people practices in our organisations, both public and private sector. BBE is also open to NGOs and statutory corporations.

“We will be focusing on areas such as Culture, Business Strategy, work life balance and other pertinent areas.”

She revealed: “The panel of reviewers for BBE 2012 are Ann Hewitt, Vancourt Rouse and Bobby Morris. We are delighted to have these three very credible and well respected professionals as our review panel, and we look forward to working with them once the field work is completed and reports are presented during May 2012.

“We also confirmed Andy Binns, the Managing Principal of Change Logic, a consulting firm based in Boston and co-author of ‘The Ambidextrous CEO’ as our guest speaker for the award luncheon this June.”

Both John Howard, President of Summit International Bank, and Patrick Hinkson, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Office – Tele (Barbados) Inc. are past participants, and praised the project for highlighting the changes they needed in their organisations and also what they were doing well.

Howard stated: “Even though there was a hesitance in being involved in the process, they handled the information confidentially. It is a free human resources audit and, more than that, it is a base to improve.”

Hinkson noted: “We were eager to see where we were as a young company; what we needed to do to improve productivity. It was also interesting that through the research we found out that a lot of our employees were in line with the company’s and they also wanted more community involvement.”

Both urged other companies to become involved.

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