The Zimbabwean government is shifting away from the traditional focus on salaries only as the pivot of an employee’s conditions of service to include other non-monetary benefits that are critical in the enhancement of livelihoods, a move which has been greatly welcomed by its workers and different sectors.

Conforming to international renumeration trends where attraction and retention of the best brains is no longer hinged on salaries only, the government of Zimbabwe has introduced non-monetary incentives for its workers which saw the entity this week launching a $60 million housing scheme for civil servants in partnership with a local building society a move welcomed by its employees.

Mr Cosmas Bungu, the executive chairman of the Harare Municipal Workers Union applauded the move by government urging other employers to emulate.

The Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association Mr Enock Dongo commended the initiative urging government to make sure the housing project is conducted in a fair and transparent manner which will benefit the intended recipients.

The introduction and use of non-monetary incentives by the government is meant to boost employee motivation and morale which in turn leads to production increase and commitment from workers.