The head of the Administrative and Recruitment Organization at a meeting of the countrys productivity administrators: Promoting productivity in the country should be considered seriously in executive agencies
The meeting of the country's productivity administrators was held at the presence of Jamshid Ansari, Vice President and Head of the Administrative and Recruitment Organization, Fatemeh Pahlavani, head of the National Iranian Productivity Organization, and heads of executive bodies, experts and administrators in the field of productivity.
Jamshid Ansari, while acclaiming the day of productivity and optimizing the consumption and expressing thanks to the administrators and strivers in the field of productivity, said that when the law on the establishment of the National Productivity Organization was approved by the Supreme Administrative Council, various aspects were reviewed including why the National Productivity Organization should be affiliated with the Administrative and Recruitment Organization. At that time, general policies of Article 44 were not yet announced, and the economy of the country was more governed by the government than the private sector.
Head of ARO added: "Of course, today, after years of announcing Macro Policies on Clause C of Article 44 of the Iranian Constitution, due to the kind of approach that exists, the government, whether true or false, is the decision maker and the main player in the economy of the country, and the privatized part of the economy found to be highly influenced by the government interventions; hence, analyzing the behavior and performance of executive bodies is vastly important in terms of productivity as well as pathology of this context.
Referring to the today's challenges to the country's productivity in executive agencies and bodies, he stated that overcoming of the resource-based approach to managing the country was one of the main challenges facing the country's administrative and executive system: " We are always faced with this approach by the managers of this area when we want to make a change in the field of providing health care services. If resources and funding are available, this mission can be carried out, and if not provided, we cannot seek to bring about change. Regarding the implementation of new programs in different areas we have the same story; today, the same approach does exist in the educational system, infrastructural, cultural, and social domains. Basically, the resource-based approach is a major obstacle to realizing productivity in the administrative and executive system of the country.
The vice president added that in spite of the policies and cultures of reducing government ownership, today, in a few different areas, fewer incidents occur without direct government involvement, even in areas that are left to the private sector. In petrochemicals, metallurgy, automotive, and etc., this is the government that determines how they organize and shape their management, and outline their policies.
He stated that the expansion of the structure and the increase of human resources is a public tendency in the executive system. Nowadays, in implementing the comprehensive reform program of the administrative system, the hardest task for managers is the reduction of human resources, and all managers are trying to get rid of human resource reduction. This behavior affects the sectors that have been extracted from the government and become privately owned, and they also show behaviors similar to those of the public sector in their actions.
"We did not consider productivity in the government in previous development programs, and productivity improvement programs focused on economic activity, while if productivity improvements in the public sector were not to be achieved, it would be very difficult to implement in the economic and private sectors.
Ansari said: "For this reason, in Article 5 of the Sixth Development Plan law, we set up a cycle of productivity management in executive agencies and evaluated the productivity indicators in the bodies. If there is to be a change in the country, it should start with the government and the executive agencies, and the improvement of productivity in the executive agencies should be considered seriously, since firstly the government is still the main provider of social and cultural services in the country and, on the other hand, the main infrastructure needed for development of the country like the communications, roads and transportation, energy, oil, and water supply, it is directly provided by the government. Therefore, the program should also be used to promote productivity in these important sectors, and considering the role of the government in the management and policy-making of the private sector, the institutionalization of productivity in the country's economic activities depends on the establishment of a productive cycle in the country's management system, and this should be considered seriously.