CS boss challenges civil servants to marathon

| 01/02/2013

homer_running.jpg(CNS): With the promotion of healthy living central to the government’s health policy, the deputy governor has issued a challenge to civil servants to take part in the half marathon in December this year. Franz Manderson is expecting at least fifty public servants to join him on the thirteen mile run, which will require significant training for participants. In addition, civil service management are also considering a proposal to allow gym memberships to be funded by way of monthly salary deductions as public sector bosses examine ways of improving the health and well-being of government workers.

In the face of tough economic times and cuts across the service, the deputy governor and civil service bosses discussed ways to boost staff morale at a recent chief officers' meeting, according to the newly released minutes.

The formation of a Social Committee for the Civil Service was raised and the deputy governor said he believes that social activities would build a more cohesive civil service. Further discussion will be had, including consultation with the CICSA, but public funds will not be used by the Social Committee. Another idea to create social harmony among the public sector workforce was the idea of forming departmental choirs that could compete in sing-offs.

Among the business discussed at the meeting was the transition of staff relating to the Cabinet reshuffle following the fall of the UDP administration. Manderson advised that, following recent changes within Cabinet, some subjects had been reassigned to new ministers. As a result of the changes in the Organisational Chart, some staff had to be re-accommodated in other offices. However, the adjustments were all very minor and no staff had been displaced as a result and he had received positive feedback on the moves.

In the minutes, which offer only very limited detail of the discussions between public sector bosses, it was indicated that an update on the workings of the Budget Delivery Committee was provided but there was no indication of what that was.

Meanwhile, the deputy governor continued to urge transparency, pointingd to the publication of the minutes of meetings by Dax Basdeo, the chief officer in the Finance Services Ministry and his senior staff. Manderson encouraged all chief officers to consider this practice, in an effort to promote transparency and good communication.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Will there be any free food?

  2. Dubious says:

    But what if it rains? Can they stay at home?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I will bleeping run only if I bleeping get paid for it!!!

  4. Haranguerer. says:

    Well that’s one way to slim down the civil service.

    • Anonymous says:

      There's already too much of it – Running their Mouth – in Government!
      Between politicians, consultants and Chief Officers, the careers of we neutral, dedicated workers are gone down the crapper!!

  5. Uncivil Servant says:

    How will thishelp to fund my pension plan?

    • Haranguerer says:

      Your children and my children will support you for the rest of your natural life, or and your lovely wife of course, with full medical. Haaaaass

  6. Anonymous says:

    This one should have been saved for April fools day franz, most government workers in cayman can’t even walk 2 flights of stairs , i did say most so no disrespect to those that can.

    • Caymanian needs CS job? says:

      Unless it is a civil servant expat who never gets rolled over?  I'm so sick of seeing decent jobs go to North Americans and UK while my university degree gathers dust and my mortgage bills pile up.  

      Franz, you want to help us? Clear out IT, Communications, GIS, HSA, DOE, and stop automatically renewing contracts while locals are still unemployed.

      Expat job at Civil Service?  Ticket to status….and the job is theirs for 30 years.

      • Anonymous says:

        I do love the smell of xenophobia and entitlement in the morning.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Come on Cayman!

    Time to get fit!

    Way to go Franz!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Not sure this challenge was thought through….there will need to be many ambulances on site!

  9. Tickle My Pickle says:

    And i wonder how many will call in sick the next work day

  10. Anonymous says:

    What with the training needed, guess that those that currently bother to turn up for work at all will no longer be there.

    I wonder, will we see or feel any difference? Country probably will run better…

  11. Truth says:

    Now thats a TRUE leader.  Although I am sure there are some who would rather get the stomach by pass.

  12. Anonymous says:

    About time we did something about the hundreds of fatties sitting down in the government buildings/offices wasting time.  You have to search long, hard, high and low to find the slim ones.  If you guys refuse to do work then at least go run the damn marathon!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Some look like they are paid bythe pound, not for the work they do.


      Just have a look in some of the back offices where they are hidden from public view. Immigration, post office.

      • Anonymous says:

        I almost fell off my chair .dwl – "paid by the pound?"  classic ! classic!!  But also true

  13. Anonymous says:

    Now if only you could get them to answer the phone or return an email!

  14. St Peter says:

    Please make them walk – not run.

    After sitting flat on your arse for years it is dangerous for your heart if you just suddenly one day do a marathon run..

    This might bring on a few heart attacks and result in higher medical expenses for Govt.

    So remember you need to walk before you can run…