LETS’ GET IT RIGHT – A CALL TO SANITY.

The importance of trust and confidence in a work team cannot be overemphasized. For group success at any work level, there must be total commitment to the same goal consistently. A mutually committed team player and players is a recipe for group success. Every Manager must build a coherent and winning team. This is achieved by engraving workplace ethics and discipline in every staff. There must be adherence to the chain of command and hierarchy. The lines of communication and reporting must be fully respected. There must be proper ethics, norms, decorum and discipline across the organization.

This is very true of team sports like hockey, football, basketball, volleyball just to name a few. It is also true of marketing teams, project management teams, production teams and the boardroom. Where workers work and think disjointedly and incoherently, there is chaos, failure, confusion, fear, distrust, envy, suspicion and every conceivable form of negativity. Workplaces, where only the Managing Director is feared and respected while the line managers are ignored by the workforce, are heading for doomsday. Managing Directors who plant cleaners and gatemen to watch over senior executives and act on their reports as completely true is digging the grave of his establishment.

Managers must have corporate policies that encourage the growth and development of the individual and the organization. Employees are humans. All humans have feelings and egos which must be respected. In Nigeria especially in busy cities like Lagos, workers spend their entire day on the road and their workplaces. They deserve to find peace, joy, respect, and timely appreciation and remuneration for their effort. Timely appraisals go a long way in strengthening the quality of personnel at work. Whoever is retained must be trained to be an asset and not a liability to himself, his colleagues and the organization.

The right administrative structures and proper human resources management can help to engender a conducive work environment. You employ only those that are qualified for their positions and train them to imbibe organizational culture. Customer service training is essential. Colleagues are also customers who must be delighted with superior relationship management and practice. We cannot achieve much at any level of Management if we continue to lag behind our contemporaries in the same industry in other countries. Many of our top managers boast of being trained in Havard, Princeton, LBS, Cambridge but fail to replicate their knowledge and experience in Nigeria. The worker takes the pains.

Many employers of labour in Nigeria have failed to respect the feelings of their employees. The employees are not the reason for the economic downturn in Nigeria but they suffer innocently for it. They are not properly remunerated neither are they paid the peanuts at the appropriate time. They cannot plan to manage their meagre finances. They are always in debt before the next salary arrives.  It is a take or leave it situation. The labour market is saturated. The Nigerian worker never had it so bad.

The government as a large employer of labour is the worst example of human’s resources management in Nigeria. A situation where workers have owned salaries from two months to two years is completely callous, criminal and highly sinful. Those that toiled for this country for over thirty-five years and now pensioners are the worst hit. Many slumps and die at the verification centres for unpaid pensions running for several years. What is their offence? They dared to retire and now have to be punished by their children’s mates in service. Crazy Nigerians did I hear you say?

While the level of unemployment keeps rising, the Government keeps coming up with anti-people policies that hinder the growth of the economy. In Nigeria, the fear of discriminatory anti-graft agencies is the beginning of wisdom. Many Nigeria entrepreneurs have relocated to other more friendly countries thereby creating employment there. Money earned in Nigeria is thus exported to boost the economy of those countries leaving our youths further stranded. Many companies have closed down while the few survivors are burdened with multiple taxes, especially in Lagos State. Everything seems to be at a standstill waiting for a messiah to savage us from the claws of our economic slave masters.

Some Nigerians who happen to be on the other side of the divide do not know what suffering is. They have godfathers and godmothers. No matter what they steal from the government coffers, their sins are always forgiven. You only have to belong to be relevant and reverenced as a saint instead of being declared a criminal and prosecuted. The Nigeria judicial statutes of blind judges are theoretical. He who pays the piper dictates the tune here.

Nigerians have taken their problems to God in places of worship. Now, both Christians and Muslims worship on Sundays. They are faced with those who promise them prosperity, freedom from bondage, an abundance of everything. Everything our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rejected during His temptation after forty days and night fasting – food, prosperity and power is now the prayer point of worship centres. They make the people poorer but smile at the bank. The same men of God build schools, Universities and hospitals from the peoples’ offerings and tithes but the congregants cannot afford them.

They are escorted by heavily armed law enforcement agents on one way to and from places of worship thereby breaking the law of the land with impunity. They ride the best SUVs, big yachts and jets. Own homes in Europe and America. They devise daily, more ways to hypnotize and extort their congregants. They fail to tell them that Jesus Christ is coming again soon. They fail to encourage and help them to reconcile with God through His Son Jesus Christ for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. They fail to make the people ready and worthy to be partakers of His coming. They idolize themselves as Men of God who the congregants must reverence but fail to be humble and selfless as Jesus Christ the Redeemer whom they claim to represent.

There is too much likeness to Sodom and Gomorrah here. However, there are still a few good men here too. Glory is to God in the Highest.