CSB, SCW form joint committee to follow up on 'work from home' system implementation

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Manama, Mar. 29 (BNA): The Civil Service Bureau (CSB) and the Supreme Council for Women (SCW) have formed a joint committee to follow up on the implementation of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s directives on allowing mothers affiliated with ministries, entities and government departments to work from home.


The joint committee shall also ensure the effective implementation of the resolutions of the Government Executive Committee, chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, aiming mainly to achieve maximum levels of family stability amid the current circumstances the kingdom is going through, in line with the set of precautionary measures in force to combat the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).


The panel has held three consecutive meetings to support government department’s implementation of the ‘Work from Home’ system for working mothers, through addressing the challenges that may face the application of the system, in accordance with the top interests of work institutions, and putting forward the suitable mechanisms to ensure the ideal application of the system, according to the needs of various work sectors, and in a way that would support  the kingdom’s efforts to curb COVID-19 spread.


The joint committee said that it will continue following up on the implementation of the ‘work from home’ system for working mothers at ministries, entities and government departments, relying on the best administrative practices to ensure that the policy is implemented to the fullest, as well as make the necessary recommendations whenever need arises.


The committee was informed about the SCW’s experience in implementing a number of flexible policies and administrative systems, which proved their positive results, including the increase of work efficiency and the employees’ productivity, given the fact that they have supported them in striking a balance between their work responsibilities and family duties.


Earlier, the SCW, following directives of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of HM the King and SCW President, has shifted to full distant work to deal with the extraordinary situation the family and society are going through after the suspension of studying, and the need to reduce the number of workers at work sites to protect general health.


It is to be noted that in line with HM the King’s directives, the CSB issued instruction 5/2020 on the implementation of the ‘work from home’ for mothers who are working at ministries, entities and government departments, starting from March 22.