Binay briefs new staff, scraps ‘flexi-time’

MANILA, Philippines – On his first day in a new office, Vice President Jejomar Binay assembled his new staff and immediately ordered a house cleanup and scrapped the system of flexible work hours to synchronize work time.

Binay hit the ground running and told his staff of his management style – running a government office as if he were in the private sector.

In an exchange filled with both light banter and serious talk, the former Makati City mayor also told his new staff of moving on from the mentality that the Vice President was a spare tire.

“I'm the number two man in the executive department. Our only difference with the President is that he has regular departments. That's the only thing we don't have but we are in an executive position,” Binay said.

Binay also asked his staff to start going to work at the usual government time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. He was surprised to learn that the roughly 100-member staff went to work at different times under a so-called "flexi-time" arrangement where some employees come in at 7 a.m., others at 8 a.m. and the rest at 9 a.m.

Source: Inquirer

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