Department of Human Resources to be replaced on April 1
Government’s Department of Human Resources will be eliminated on April 1 and replaced by the Department of Employee and Organisational Development, MPs were told today.
The change brings to a close a two year shake-up of Government’s human resources management, the Cabinet Office Minister said.
Wayne Furbert told the House of Assembly that the human resources department and its eight satellite offices have been amalgamated in DEOD which also took over the compensation and benefits section previously in the Accountant General’s Department.
The management consulting section was also moved from the Cabinet Office to the new department.
Mr Furbert said the Chief Employee and Organisational Development Officer, Carlita O’Brien, and her team had been working on the transition for the last year.
The new department will have approximately 30 staff although not all will be working under one roof.
He said: “Each Ministry will be assigned an HR Business Partner. It is anticipated that some HR Business Partners will co-locate with the Ministry to which they are assigned. The business partner will be the Ministry’s primary advisor on the alignment of human capital with the delivery of programmes and services in accordance with the priorities set out in the Ministry and its associated departments’ business plans. This represents a more deliberate staffing approach than is currently the case.”
He added: “It is expected that the Government will commence a change management process that establishes service delivery standards and measures success.
“Phase one of a new automated performance management system, specifically online performance appraisals for BPSU employees, is at the early stages of implementation and work has commenced on phase two that will see the system applied across all job categories within the Government as we move forward.”