Self development is very important for adaptation to work environment and civil servants should take best advantage of opportunities offered by institutions such as the University of the South Pacific to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in their work performance.
The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Provincial Development and National Disaster Management Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu made this comment while closing the Change Management Training Workshop at the University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka Campus on Thursday, 29th September.
His comments were directed particularly at the District Officers, Provincial Administrators, Roko Tui’s and senior officers at the Commissioner Western’s Office participating in the two-day Training workshop facilitated by USP Lautoka Campus.
Col. Seruiratu thanked USP for its efforts and significant contribution in terms of catering for the training needs at work environments. He said his Ministry looked forward to fostering partnership with USP in promoting training at various department levels with the endeavor to achieve optimal work performance by staff.
He also urged the senior government officers to change their way of thinking. “We cannot solve today’s problem without shifting our own paradigm. People who cannot change their mindset cannot change anything,” he said.
“You and you’re actions are a reflection of your own paradigm. You must change the traditional way of thinking and shift the paradigm to allow positive and effective changes in your work environment.”
Reiterating the message by the Commisioner Western Commodore Joeli Cawaki delivered at the opening of the workshop on Wednesday, Col. Seruiratu said having the right attitude was very important whilst implementing changes in our work environment.
“A lot of us are overwhelmed, squeezed and burdened by the circles of our influence. Let us be positive and take the ownership of the Government’s initiatives as civil servants,” he said.
“I hope you are interested in what the Government hopes to achieve and take our leading role seriously. A lot of people find problems in implementing or service delivery maybe because of attitude problem.”
However despite all the qualification, what really matters the most is how we put into action what we have learnt or how we implement the changes Col Seruiratu said.
He said change was inevitable and a fact of life. The challenge he highlighted was whether we can adapt, adjust, adopt and embrace the changes. If managed well, changes can give positive results he said.
“The political and economic environment dictates the changes within. We need to analyse our own environment and change our attitude and way of thinking.”