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Lagos State Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke has tasked civil servants in the State to continue to discharge their duties promptly and set daily targets for personal and organizational goals to avoid being overwhelmed with responsibilities and setting unrealistic deadlines.

He stated that the inability to manage stress and time effectively is responsible for excessive workloads on individuals, adding that the situation usually leads to lack of control over work activities, creates undue pressure and compels people to deliver tasks at unrealistic deadlines.

Speaking at the two-day training on ‘Techniques for Effective Time and Stress Management’ for Civil Servants, Benson-Oke said improper time and stress management are organizational inefficiencies.

The Commissioner explained that time and stress management have become a necessity in the present age of 24-hours round-the-clock work engagement culture, as such there is need to help Civil Servants learn mechanisms necessary for coping with demands of managing time and the consequential stress.

He highlighted the myths, causes and symptoms of improper management of stress and time, adding that the inability to manage time and stress should not be misconstrued or attributed to some uncontrollable variables bestowed on individuals by nature.

Benson-Oke identified challenges of lack of interpersonal support, inexperience and lack of training, blame culture, weak and ineffective organizational management, failure in communication, poor physical working environment as major threats to productivity in the workplace.

He affirmed the present administration’s commitment to continuous training and capacity building of civil servants, saying “If you have good time management skill, you’ll be able to focus and finish your task in a timely manner without being distracted and piling up work which will end with avoidable pressure on you”.

Earlier, Permanent Secretary, Office of Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Rhoda Olubusola Ayinde said effective time and stress management are traits of leadership which all individuals must possess.

Ayinde urged the participants to be willing to learn during the programme, describing the training session as an opportunity and privilege provided by the State government to enhance their time and stress management skills.

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