HRMATT shines light on workplace productivity

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Boosting workplace productivity is a key goal for any organisation. One effective strategy to enhance productivity is fostering a positive work environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. When employees feel valued and supported, they are more motivated to perform at their best.
Implementing efficient systems and processes can streamline workflows and eliminate unnecessary bottlenecks.

Furthermore, promoting a healthy work-life balance is crucial for sustaining high productivity levels. Encouraging employees to take breaks, exercise, and prioritise self-care can lead to improved focus and creativity. Flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours, can also contribute to increased productivity by allowing employees to work in a way that best suits their individual needs.

Fostering a positive work environment, optimising workflows, and cultivating a culture of learning can boost workplace productivity by keeping employees engaged and motivated. Offering training programmes, workshops, and opportunities for career advancement not only enhances employees’ skills but also demonstrates a commitment to their professional growth.
These were among the key strategies discussed at HRMATT’s C-Suite Conversations on Productivity at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, on June 12.

The event, moderated by Paige De Leon, featured an esteemed panel of experts, including Dr Andre Vincent Henry, Dr Paul Balwant, Dr Marlene Attzs, Vashti Guyadeen, Kiran Maharaj, Mariano Browne and Gillian Chevrotiere.
“When employees feel valued and supported, they are more motivated to perform at their best,” emphasised Dr Balwant, sharing insights from the University of the West Indies’ research on workplace productivity.

Browne, Dr Attzs and Dr Balwant discussed the role of tertiary-level institutions in supporting productivity, with Dr Balwant highlighting the institution’s efforts in this area. Meanwhile, Guyadeen and Maharaj advocated for collaborative efforts across all sectors and partners, particularly within their respective associations.
Providing a global perspective, Dr Henry shared comparative data on productivity initiatives in other countries, such as Singapore. Chevrotiere, who works in the oil and gas sector, highlighted the high productivity levels within her industry.

The event also featured addresses from HRMATT president Cavelle Joseph-St Omer and IDB senior specialist, labour markets & social security division Carolina Gonzalez-Velosa, who shared insights on productivity levels across various continents and IDB’s commitment to driving productivity.
Minister of Youth Development and National Service Foster Cummings impressed the audience with updates on Government’s youth development programmes, while ILO specialist, sustainable enterprise development & job creation John Bliek presented on productivity ecosystems.

The event was made possible through the support of sponsors, including Angostura Ltd, Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL), Huawei, Pat & Max Ltd, Xtra-Foods Ltd, the National Gas Company (NGC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), as well as event partner Hyatt Regency Trinidad and media partners Damian Luk Pat photography, TTT and Guardian Media Ltd.

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