WINNIPEG, MB - Premier Pallister said today that the government needs to change and meet the challenges of rapid technology, societal and environmental change within the civil service.
The premier, with Fred Meier, clerk of the executive council, released a new strategy to transform the culture of and build the public service Manitoba needs for the future.
“To attract diverse and talented employees, Manitoba is creating a modern public service that is dynamic and excited about innovation,” said Pallister. “We have a shared vision for a strong public service that embraces challenges and places innovation at the heart of its work to improve outcomes for Manitobans every day.”
Transforming the Manitoba Public Service: A Strategy for Action contains two plans – one to transform the work of the public service and a second focused on building a culture that is forward thinking, creative and outcomes driven.
Under this strategy, Manitoba will introduce a system of balanced scorecards to align actions with established priorities, identify key measures of performance and report on progress through a public outcomes dashboard. In the coming months, the province will also centralize the delivery of public consultations to make it easier for Manitobans to engage with government and share their views on programs, policies and legislation.
“This strategy is built by the public service for the public service,” said Meier, the head of Manitoba’s public service. “It speaks to every public servant and compels us to create a new culture by grounding ourselves in the needs of our clients and harnessing the power of innovation. In an increasingly interconnected world of rapidly advancing technology and changing citizen expectations, we can no longer rely on traditional approaches to public administration.”
The clerk noted the transformation strategy will give public servants the tools they need to advance change while building on the existing foundation of strong public sector values. With a focus on outcomes and a strong vision now in place, Manitoba’s public service will move forward as one team, committed to improving the lives of Manitobans.
“We are a government that is willing to take risks to achieve better outcomes for Manitobans,” said the premier. “I am pleased Mr. Meier has been leading the way, engaging with over 1,600 public servants and building this strategy to reinvigorate the culture of our public service.”
With files from the Government of Manitoba