Mental health: Make use of your annual leave, HOCSF tells civil servants


The office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF) has encouraged civil servants to always go on annual leave to avert some of the work challenges faced in delivering their duties.

The call was made at a two-day training workshop on: ‘Effective Implementation of the Rewards and Recognition System’, organised by the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF), for selected public servants across Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Speaking, the director of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, office of the HOCSF, Dr. Comfort Adeosun, said the government was looking at the actionable steps to achieve ‘Work-life Balance,’ workers well-being as well as ‘Rewards and Recognition System’ at work places.

“We are looking at the actionable steps for work-life balance. Vacation is part of your well-being, you need to shut down and reboot so that when you come back, you are refreshed and you are able to do a good job,” she said.

Adeosun also used the medium to advise the executive officers of organisations to have a work schedule which would not in any way affect the well-being of their employees.

“When an organisation begins to drive work-life balance, efficiency and productivity will increase and the performance of that organisation will be improved because the officers, the employees are being cared for in their organisations.”

Earlier, the permanent secretary, Service Welfare Office, at HOCSF, Alhaji Mahmud Kambari, emphasised the importance of adopting rewards and recognising hard-working workers.

“Nevertheless, there is need to improve on the implementation of the programme, particularly in the selection process to optimise efficiency, which is the purpose of this training workshop,” he said.