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Togiola stresses importance of ASG's middle mgmt

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Gov. Togiola Tulafono, who spoke at Tuesday’s workshop for senior and middle management staff of ASG, reiterated the critical role that the middle management staff plays within the government workforce.

The workshop was an effort to refresh and retrain the ASG management staff about current and existing policies and procedures within the workforce.

A Sept. 11 memo issued by the governor stated the purpose of the workshop was to help departments with administrative processes “as we enter the new fiscal year and to provide information to ensure a smooth transition with the change of administration in January 2013.”

“You are the heart of the operation, because you are the chain that links the government to its workforce . . . a chain is only strong as its weakest link,” the governor said, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Togiola stressed the importance of legalities within the workforce and how employees have the right to access information that will allow them to practice those rights properly. He went on to say, “We have failed to protect the rights of employees, and democracy cannot be sustained if the workforce is not competent. . .”

He said the problem is, “Government employees are criticized much too often” and it has affected their morale keeping them from doing their jobs. The Governor encouraged the attendees to “accept criticism--it is part of your job description . . . part of being a public servant is to accept criticism.”

The workshop, sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, was held at the Governor Rex H. Lee Auditorium. 



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