Public Health Inspector from the Clarendon Health Department, Gabrielle H. Jackson has released the book set, “Redefining Supervision: Encouraging Better Workplace Relationships”, to help employers and employees learn and nurture healthy workplace relationships.
The book set, which was released in the Supervisor and the Supervisee editions, was created to foster respect from all levels in the workplace between managers and employees and among colleagues.
Ms. Jackson, who noted that she loves to see persons happy in the workplace, explained that: “these books encourage productivity and minimize stress, anxiety and discomfort. Each chapter ends with a worksheet that allows users to assess themselves and make plans moving forward. It is a practical resource for workshop seminars, but can also be used by individuals as a manual to improve different skill sets in achieving good workplace relationships.”
The author noted that many persons may be productive at work but are not truly happy and prosperous in their work environment.
“It is really sad how the workplace is in terms of people person relationships. We need to come to a place where we learn to solve our issues at work and it begins with us. We cannot be looking to Human Resources to solve our issues because they are overloaded. At the end of the day it comes down to you and I as an individual who must take control of our own personal lives and learn to deal with, endure, pursue and overcome our issues” Ms. Jackson said.
For Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Michael Bent, the books will tremendously help workplaces in Jamaica and the Diaspora.
“I commend you Gabrielle for being a go-getter and I believe that your mission is to make a change in the public health sector in Jamaica, as well as making it a transformed one. One of the things I admire is when you (Gabrielle) said it should no longer be a situation where persons assume supervision based on years of service and personally, as a leader I believe that has to change and that must change” Mr. Bent said.
He continued to say that: “No longer should a supervisor issue an instruction to a supervisee and that’s it. We must empower employees and as supervisors that must be one of our goals. We have the responsibility to build productive relationships between the supervisor and the supervisee.”
The books were launched at the May Pen Hospital grounds in Clarendon on Friday, April 29 and are available on Amazon, in print and electronic formats.