Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 15, 2010 17:03 ET

Public Service Employees Are Part of the Solution

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - The Employee Innovation Program (EIP) acknowledges that Canada's public service is a necessary part of the solution, according to the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

The new Treasury Board program recognizes that government employees are in the best position to offer novel ideas and outside-the-box thinking in their respective workplaces. 

Public service workers don't need incentives to identify potential cost savings and ways to improve service for Canadians because they have been doing just that for years as part of their role. Yet, incentive programs are useful in engaging workers who have long since given up believing that the government is interested in what they can bring to the table.

"As government professionals, our members are particularly qualified to suggest how to improve processes and eliminate bad practices in the interest of cost savings for taxpayers", emphasized Institute President Gary Corbett. He continued, "in the past the government preferred to keep a tight rein on my members' ideas and proposals, to the point where many believed that their employer was simply not interested in introducing any kind of innovation whatsoever. We are committed to working with the government to make the public service more effective and efficient. This program has the potential to result in many improvements in the delivery of programs to Canadians. However, we believe that the details of such a program can make or break it and we are very concerned that this program is managed ethically. Right now we're looking at a pilot project, so not all government employees are eligible to participate. If the results are encouraging, expanding the EIP to all government departments and agencies might have a real impact on public service delivery. Time will tell".

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 57,000 professionals across Canada's public sector.

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