Unlocking Efficiency: Addressing Low Productivity Among Maldives Civil Servants

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PUBLISHED 07 September 2023

A recent survey conducted by the Maldives Service Commission has highlighted the alarming issue of low productivity levels among civil servants in the Maldives. The findings reveal a range of concerning factors contributing to this problem, including a lack of focus, engagement in non-work activities, and a general lack of awareness regarding recent government news and trends.

The survey disclosed that Maldives civil servants frequently spend a significant portion of their working hours engaged in non-work activities. These distractions include socializing with family and friends, indulging in coffee breaks, and taking frequent smoke breaks. These activities significantly hinder their ability to complete tasks efficiently and have a detrimental impact on overall productivity.

Furthermore, the study pointed out that civil servants in the Maldives often struggle with a lack of clarity concerning their job duties and responsibilities. This ambiguity can lead to inefficiencies and further exacerbate the problem of low productivity.

Several factors have been identified as contributors to the low productivity of Maldives civil servants. A primary factor is the limited access to training and development opportunities. Many civil servants lack the necessary training to perform their roles effectively, which directly impacts their productivity.

The bureaucratic nature of the civil service is another significant hurdle. Sluggish and inefficient procedures make it difficult for civil servants to complete their tasks in a timely manner, further contributing to low productivity.

The culture within the civil service also plays a significant role. In some cases, a sense of entitlement among civil servants has fostered a lack of motivation and a preference for non-work activities.

Furthermore, the lack of awareness regarding recent government news and trends has further exacerbated the problem. For instance, a recent presidential pardon of traffic violations committed from January 1, 2022, to March 8, 2023, was not widely known among traffic police. This led to some individuals visiting the traffic police station to retrieve their license cards or heading to the tow yard to reclaim their motorcycles, despite numerous phone calls and inquiries.