Staff of the OECS Commission embrace Team Beliefs and new Recognition Programme

Staff of the OECS Commission embrace Team Beliefs and new Recognition Programme

OECS Commission

As a new year initiative and in a continuing effort by the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to reinforce the organisation’s core values, the Human Resource Unit hosted an offsite staff retreat aimed at improved employee collaboration and ownership of the OECS brand on February 1, 2019. This exercise was also carried out simultaneously in the Organisation’s external offices in Roseau, Dominica; Toronto, Canada; and Brussels, Belgium.

At the Head Office in Saint Lucia, the day’s activities began with an invigorating session of yoga which was quickly followed by games such as a Treasure Hunt, Tug of war and other collaborative tournaments.

Staff were split into groups of five (5) representing the five Team Beliefs of the Organisation:

  1. Be the Change
  2. Win Together
  3. Sign your Name
  4. Decide Courageously
  5. Walk the Talk

The group exercises were designed to improve team building, leadership and accountability in a fun atmosphere and resulted in a successful day for the OECS Human Resources Unit and the employee body as a whole.

The new OECS Rewards and Recognition Programme, boasting an internal social media platform, was also launched during the staff retreat.

Head of the OECS Human Resource Unit, Gale Jean Baptiste, explained the rationale and process for the new programme.

“Everyday staff of the Commission continue to deliver exceptional work across the organisation. In so doing we often forget to stop and recognise the contributions of our staff. Over the last few months, the OECS Total Rewards Focus Group have worked incredibly hard in putting together a recognition programme, which we believe will provide us with the platform to publicly recognise our peers and our managers for the work that we continue to do in the organisation.”

“The tool will allow us to give points, which will become prizes and will range from everything from a half a day of leave, to a simple thing like a cake or a dinner for two. It is not about the prizes, however, it is about the recognition of the work that we do across the OECS.”

OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, implored members of staff to make use of the new tool which provides a simple way to recognise star employees that go above and beyond by “living” our team beliefs.

“It is up to us to drive this new initiative, and I encourage everyone to be a part of this exciting new space which speaks loudly to our values and team beliefs.” said Dr. Jules.

   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.5: Align and strengthen the institutional systems of the Commission to effectively deliver its mandate.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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