Barbadian workers worried about job security – NISE survey

With the local economy said to be on the decline for much of the last decade, a recent survey has found that Barbadian employees are becoming increasingly insecure about their jobs.

The 2016 National Initiative for Service Excellence (NISE) Employment Engagement Index (NEEX) also shows that the lack of job security is negatively impacting on worker engagement, particularly in the private sector.

“Job security may actually be more important than the pay because what you want is to know that the income is sure,” explained NISE Chief Executive Officer Kim Tudor in presenting the findings.

She emphasized that even with a little income workers were able to purchase items on hire purchase or engage in budgeting, “but not knowing if you are going to have a job is much more unsettling”.

In fact, the survey showed that employee dissatisfaction with remuneration remained unchanged at 40 per cent over the past five years.

However, national productivity slid from 7. 1 per cent to 6.9 per cent, based on the findings.

And while worker engagement rose by eight per cent from 23.1 per cent in 2011 to 31.1 per cent last year, the survey showed that 31.7 per cent of workers in the private sector were disengaged, compared to 25.5 per cent in the public sector.

Overall, the lowest level of worker engagement  – 20 per cent – was seen in the wholesale and retail sector where half of the employees were said to be disengaged or “showing significantly lower levels of commitment, vitality and loyalty”.

“Wholesale and retail felt least secure while accommodation and food service felt the most secure. The public sector was to the right as well, feeling more secure,” the NISE CEO said.

However, Tudor also noted that while security of tenure was a primary concern, factors such as adequate compensation and inflation weighed heavily on the minds of employees in both the private and public sectors.

“Even if I have a great job and the job gives me meaning but I am not being paid adequately for it then I would withdraw my passion and enthusiasm. There is a price to pay when persons feel as though they are doing more than they are being paid for,” the NISE CEO argued.

What was especially troubling given Barbados’ service based economy was the finding that four times as many customer-facing employees were disengaged when compared to directors and managers. The study also revealed that public sector employees found their work more meaningful than those within the private sector.

“Where the public sector had the highest scores is in categories relating to the meaningfulness and pride in their jobs and when it comes to engagement these things are very important. A lot of persons in the public sector work in areas of public good. When a fireman saves a life or a house he can see meaning in his work while in the private sector you may have conflicts. So for example if you work in a cigarette factory you may not be as proud,” Tudor stressed.  

10 Responses to Barbadian workers worried about job security – NISE survey

  1. Alex Alleyne December 6, 2017 at 5:43 am

    In these times its “self employed” . That is the goal world wide. Get with it .

  2. Sue Donym December 6, 2017 at 5:58 am

    How much does NISE pull from public funding to produce this inconsequential nonsense?

  3. Johnathan December 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Alex yuh cun$ can everyone be self employed.

  4. Greengiant December 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

    @Johnathan: Yes everyone works for themselves, not for government or the private companies.

    It’s a mentality here that everyone wants a secure job, rather than everyone with a job working their asses of to secure the future of the business, or government department in which they’re employed.

    Absence from work, lower productivity, these cost the business or department highly. In the case of the private sector, if customers take their business elsewhere you have less work, and loss of jobs. In the case of the public service, the unit cost of each service affected increases. The very taxes paid by the said civil servants return to the treasury to pay wages again, so the cost of services will increase the cost of taxes, and less possibility of wage increases.

    It’s simple business principles that so many of us lack. Many of us here in this forum accuse our parliamentarians of being thieves, being corrupt, and other negatives. I suggest you all go to youtube and search (Rastafari Member of Parliament in New Zealand). The address to parliament occurred on November 29, 2017. Like many of you, he too had his opinion, that opinion has now changed dramatically. Have a read and then respond.

  5. Helicopter(8P) December 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I ‘ll have to engage in this topic due to the inconsistance of thought brought on by Sue Donym. Try not to destroy good intent Barbadians. NICE is doing its best to bring information and transparency to the workforce of Barbados. Why try to negetively portray its focus? You may be in a better place at the right time or have a financial safety net but the average Barbadian worker has a stressful environment at this moment in time. We have mow seen that serious economic planning is a vitally important task which must be undertook by present and future administrations. There is no room for meandering and all economist on the soverign nation once registered to that profession must engage in a national service forum to place the island nation on a clear pathway for the future. Party politics is not the name of the game when it comes to the ecomomic equation for the balancing of our economy it’s an all hands on deck and not a policy of I’ll see what ican get out of my first four or five years and ammend deficiencies for the next four or five. it’s business ethics as usual and transparency at it’s best in Barbados Today! It’s a new vibration!!

    • Sue Donym December 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Doesn’t take much to get you into a rambling, disjointed muddle, does it?

      How, after this does anyone understand the concepts of worker engagement and what measures of productivity were used. What is connoted by the percentage of worker engagement – the percentage of workers engaged, or the percentage time they are thought to be engaged?
      These terms without explanation or context are of little value. Is there some intended use beyond compilation of the data? How has it been used in the past or how will any of this be applied by company, by sector or nationally?

      Do we have any measures of how productive or effective NISE has been?

  6. Helicopter(8P) December 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Second line. Second sentence should have read NISE! Correction!!

  7. Tony Webster December 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry lady, all the sweet-sounding words about big “productivity” gains ent gine cut it, at least, not with me.
    As for any worries about job security…get a bottle of Panadols. Yes, a large one.

  8. Jus me December 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Going to work,
    Going ,”to work,”?

    Therin lies the problem

  9. Jus me December 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    In the now defunct Soviet Union,
    An oft used saying.
    They pretend to Pay,
    We pretend to work.

    In Barbados as with all words we shorten things.

    Read saying as now,
    We pretend.

    Pretend we have Laws
    Pretend we have responsible Government.
    Pretend we have honest politicians
    Pretend we have a health service, a bus ambulance service,
    Pretend we have Democracy
    Pretend we have honest elections
    Pretend by electing an alternative band of thieves,our problems solved
    Pretend that we have anyone of trust and honesty we can turn to, that wont just rob us blind.

    Where does the Pretence end?
    Sadly it never does!


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