UNIVERSITY OF JOS, JOS NIGERIA
(OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR)
INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROTOCOL DIVISION
MODERN ORGANIZATIONS TASKED ON ADOPTING SUSTAINABLE HUMAN RELATIONS PRACTICES AND PROCESSES
Proper Human Resource (HR) Management has been identified as a factor that could significantly improve the fortunes of an organization especially among its competitors. With many oragnizations facing leadership gaps which have stiffled their growth and development mainly due to the global economic recession, COVID-19 Pandemic and the Russian-Ukrain War, such organizations must deploy best HR practices and processes to enable them bridge these gaps and remain relevant in today’s highly competative and fast changing world.
Registrar, University of Jos, Dr Rejoice James Songden stated this while delivering a Paper entitled “The Ecosystem of Human Resources Practice in Nigeria” during the Maiden Public Lecture and Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Plateau State Branch at the Jos Business School, Rayfield, Jos.
According to Dr Songden, the operational practices and processes which characterized organizations in the early 20th Century are no longer sustainable in the present day work environment. She noted that organizational leadership which in the past was arbitrary and autocratic has now assumed a more inclusive style signaling a paradigm shift where employees are more aware of their rights, orientation and value system.
For Dr Songden, Human Resource is the most important resource available to any organization and is made up of the organization’s workforce which consists of the individuals and personnel responsible for performing the tasks of the organization. She stressed that HR is concerned with providing the advice and services that support organizations to achieve their goals and objectives.
The Unijos Registrar, however, observed that good HR practice is not enough to make an organization succeed but what makes the difference is the way the people work together to be productive and flexible enough to meet new challenges.
She posited that despite the important role which HR practice plays in organizations, it faces many challenges including constant changes in organizational structure and policies, unmotivated workforce and shortage in skilled personnel, defective communication channels, poor work ethics and truancy as well as inadequate knowledge of extant rules.
Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari who was Keynote Speaker at the Conference, spoke on the theme “HR Practitioners as Strategic Business Partners in Organizations” and advised HR Practitioners to be strategic in creating value for their organizations and key stakeholders by implementing home-grown initiatives that would enable them deliver services efficiently.
CIPM Plateau State Branch Chairperson, Mrs Abigail Samson Bugama said the Institute is open to all Human Resource Managers, Practitioners and Line Managers who are responsible for managing Personnel issues in the Private and Public Sectors.
Mrs Bugama explained that the Public Lecture and Conference serves as a forum for the review of contemporary Human Resources Management issues where workable solutions could be proferred and knowledge and skills of the Practitioners updated. According to her, the forum is also meant to foster interpersonal and corporate relationships among the Participants to encourage them to be at the forefront of driving outcomes within their organizations.
There were Goodwill Messages from the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong and President and Chairman, Governing Council of the CIPM, Mr Olusegun Mojeed.
Deputy Registrar, Information and Publications