Deputy governor urges fitter civil service

| 05/11/2013

(CNS): While government is seeking ways to make the civil service leaner when it comes to costs, the deputy governor is also encouraging public servants to get a leaner, too. In a September meeting of civil service heads, recorded in the latest minutes released from his office, Franz Manderson focused attention on the vision of a healthier public service. The government workers' boss and other officials are working on designing a sports programme that will assist with the promotion of health and wellness throughout government. One of the first events will be the participation of civil servants in the Intertrust Half Marathon, which takes place in early December.

Manderson said the programme will complement the work that is already being done by the Department of Sports, which organizes a number of sporting competitions within the civil service. The deputy governor, who will be participating in the half marathon himself, is aiming to have at least 50 civil servants take part in the 13 mile run, and training sessions are being now being organized, the minutes revealed.

Meanwhile, Manderson said his awards scheme for government workers had proved to be very successful after its first full year, based on the positive feedback, and the awards had been a catalyst to showcase the talent in the civil service as well as rewarding excellent performance. The deputy governor said he wanted to improve on scheme and to encourage greater participation in the nomination process. To help that goal, the nomination form will be redesigned to make it more user-friendly, the minutes record.

As a part of the award programme, he revealed plans to promote effective communication by recognizing government entities that excel in this area. He said this would be an annual award and would be based on criteria that are currently being drafted.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    take the money and run…. 2-3-4. take the money and run…3-3-4

  2. Anonymous says:

    Turn some of that empty space in the Government building into a gym, and encourage use through a credits programme.  Healthier staff = less time off work through illness and more productive in work.  Offset some of that improved productivity with extra time off for staff who stay fit!  Or at least just make a challenge within Government that some might like to participate in!

    • Anonymous says:

      Your good ideas have no place in this forum or indeed within the Civil Service, please take them elsewhere.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Shut down the elevators in the Government Administration Building.


    Stairs are good for health.

  4. Knot S Smart says:

    I am not going to be the one to pass on the rumour that most of our CS is either overweight or more overweight…

    • Anonymous says:

      11.11, ok, understand, but could you stop procrastinating and pass the donuts?

  5. anonymous says:

    Unless you are in a blue collar type of work, people sit in front of a computer at work all day. physical fitness is a personal decision.  

    • Cayman Mama says:

      It is not a personal decision when we pay for 100 percent of their health insurance premiums, and these increase exponentially with so many insurance claims for such an an unhealthy group of people.