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GraceKennedy urges greater use of flexible work arrangements

Monday, September 24, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — GraceKennedy Limited (GK) has issued a call for more of its employees to take advantage of the benefits of flexible work arrangements, amid the growing frustration and valuable man hours lost due to traffic congestion primarily in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.

The company is also urging corporate Jamaica to do the same as it believes that this should help to reduce traffic congestion, due in part to large scale road construction work on major thoroughfares including Mandela Highway, Constant Spring Road and the Three Miles intersection.

According to GK, under the flexible work arrangement, its employees can choose between staggered working hours and a compressed or extended work week.

The move is said to be a part of the company's continued efforts to foster an environment that facilitates mutually beneficial and enduring employment relationships, in keeping with its long standing “We Care” corporate culture.

“A major part of our strategy, as we look towards our 100th anniversary, is to increase efficiency across the company while keeping our employees highly motivated. The GK Flexible Work Policy is aimed at ensuring that team members have the freedom to fulfil their personal needs and responsibilities while optimising productivity,” said Don Wehby, GK's Group CEO.

“Given the ongoing road work, we believe it is important for Corporate Jamaica, which employs a large percentage of the workforce, to explore this option,” he added.

While the Flexible Work Policy is not new, having been originally put in place by the company in 2014, GraceKennedy said it has stepped up its effort towards facilitating more of its employees in Jamaica to benefit.

Since the start of the new school year in September, many people have complained about increased traffic congestion and the significant amount of time lost travelling to and from their places of employment due to major roadworks.

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