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Ambode warns civil servants against excessive workloads

Ambode warns civil servants against excessive workloads

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday warned civil servants against excessive workloads.

The governor, who spoke at a two-day training workshop for civil servants in Ikeja, said heavy workloads would lead to stress.

Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Benson Oke, said excessive workloads, with unrealistic deadlines would make workers to be under pressure and overwhelmed, adding that such would lead to stress, which is dangerous to health.

According to him, light workloads can make people feel that their skills are being underused and result in anxiety among civil servants.

“When people are being asked to do a job for which they have insufficient experience and they have difficulty in settling down into a new promotion, in terms of meeting the new role’s requirements and adapting to possible changes in relationships with colleagues, stress can set in,” he added.

Ambode said the state civil servants should worry less about job security, lack of career opportunities and level of pay as such could fuel stress.

“Clearly, the senior officers of the Lagos State Civil Service will benefit from this seminar as they will learn how to make the civil service as less stressful as possible for civil servants.

“In today’s 24-hour round-the-clock work engagement culture, there is the need to help our civil servants to learn the mechanisms for coping with the demands of time and the consequential stress,” he added.

Source : The Punch

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