New NISE initiative to be launched at Agrofest

Beginning March 1 through June 7, 2014, Barbadians could be witnessing marked improvements in several spheres of their national life.

That’s when the National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE) launches this year’s 100 Improvements In 100 Days at AgroFest on March 1 in Queen’s Park, The City.

Chief executive officer of NISE, Kim Tudor, made this announcement to members of the Press today in Block 3, Harbour Industrial Park, The City.

Tudor pointed out that the project would be run with the assistance of several partners which includes the Barbados Association of Retired Persons, Barbados Employers’ Confederation, the Future Centre Trust and the UWI School of Business among others.

She recalled that in 2012 NISE launched its 100 Improvements In 100 Days and it attracted over 100 companies with 51 companies completing more than 100 improvements in the 100 days.

She further recalled that the very successful venture completed more than 5,000 improvements in Barbados in the 100 days.

Tudor said: “The 100 improvements contribute to engagement and helps each employee in an organization to be engaged. It provides a framework for innovation and creativity and it provides a framework for implementation. The project went a long way from just talking to implementing.”

Addressing the issue of innovation, Tudor noted that unlike Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago had moved into the stage of innovation while Barbados is still at the stage of the delivery of goods and services.

The CEO disclosed that this year the competition will be in six categories namely: make 100 improvements in 100 days; start your own business in 100 days; buy 100 Bajan products in 100 days; take 1 million steps in 100 days; green 100 ways in 100 days and do 100 uplifting acts in 100 days.

In his contribution, executive director of the BEC, Tony Walcott, stressed that communication was very important in an organization and called for an increase in the frequency of staff meetings.

Walcott also suggested that flexible hours should be a feature in any improvement in the working environment recalling an incident where a worker who was usually punctual began keeping poor time because of a poor bus service.

The top officer of the BEC argued that more companies should encourage more worker participation in organizations because they were “employing workers with brains who can think for themselves”.

Speaking on behalf of BARP which has expressed interest in the one million steps over 100 days, executive manager Elsa Webster said that in an organization which has 40,000 members with 60 per cent of the membership between the ages of 50 and 67, the importance of exercise in maintaining health was critical.

Meanwhile, executive director of Future Centre Trust, Cherice Gibson, has recognized the importance of maintaining a healthy environment and growing some of the products we eat around our homes.

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