Expert Tasks Students on Value-Adding Initiatives for Work Place Relevance
Ability to deliver, in a purpose-driven world, is germane to being appreciated in any work environment, as organisations hunt more for value-adding employees who would act beyond the realm of job description to maintaining relevance and achieving success for the organization.
According to the Human Resources Manager and Productivity Leader of Procter and Gamble, Agbara Plant, Nigeria, Mr. Olanrenwaju Olutayo Idowu, the current world of work looks for persons that will add value, not mishmash, which tends to lead to low productivity.
Mr. Idowu, who was Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Business Management, Covenant University, on Monday, October 23, 2017, said that 21st century organisations are looking out for passionate employees with enough zest to enhance the work environment.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Emerging Trends and Issues in Labour Market and HRM Prospects for Successful Diversification and Revival of the Nigerian Economy’, the guest speaker averred that volunteering for non-profit organizations at this stage will help improve students’ human relationship, resourcefulness and competencies towards assuming greater responsibilities in life.
He decried the current Human Resources trends that Asian-owned companies in Nigeria were using, which, according to him, has resulted to institutionalizing poor HR policies and execution in the nation. In addition, he frowned at the practice where employers in the country put on the toga of “alpha and omega” of their various organisations in the execution of HR practice, and as a result feel they are not answerable to anyone in the day to day implementation of professional HR practice.
Mr. Idowu advised upcoming professionals to work at building a respectful work environment, which is critical to improved work place performance. He posited that man was never created to dominate fellow man. “That is why cordiality and mutual respect at work is vital to instituting better governance at the work place, and these in turn help to improve governance at the state level,” he stressed.
The guest speaker stated that the new human resources trend revolves around five levels of leadership, with People Development being the best HR leadership model to adopt, as against the Positional, Permission, Production and Pinnacle Dimension models which only command adherence from personnel for ulterior reasons other than the overall organisational goal.
Earlier on in his welcome address, the Head, Department of Business Management, Dr. Oluwole Iyiola, told the gathering that Covenant’s Town and Gown seminar has become part of the University’s academic curriculum, drawing from industry experience to compliment theoretical teachings of the University system.
Dr. Iyiola noted that the guest speaker, with a good reputation in the business of HR practice, was honouring the department by coming around to unveil industry expectations and evolving trends in the business of industrial and human resources management practice.