Employers urged to tap employees’ hidden potential

By Vision Reporter

The 2016/2017 awards were held under the theme: HR Analytics: Using people data to create value

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The employers’ fraternity in Uganda has been urged to tap into the hidden strength of their employees so as to improve performance in their organisations.


“The employees’ strength should be capitalized by creating enthusiasm among them. This is by creating an enabling environment for them to work. This is also possible through employee engagement,” Prof. Julius Kikomo of Makerere University School of Psychology, said.

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Executive Director at Uganda Wildlife Authority Andrew Seguya receiving the Most benevolent CEO of the year award from the Outgoing Federation of Uganda Employers Executive Director, Rosemary Ssenabulya during the 14th edition of the EYA 2017 at Serena Kampala Hotel on September 20, 2017.

 
Kikomo said this on Wednesday, September 20 at the Kampala Serena Hotel during the award ceremony of the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA).  The EYA dinner is a corporate and social event organized by the Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE) to recognize and award the best employers in several categories as a climax of undergoing a survey carried out among established companies and SMEs under a specific people theme. 

The 2016/2017 awards were held under the theme: HR Analytics: Using people data to create value

Kikomo said the competitiveness of the organization depends on the engagement of the employees. “A good employer makes the employee wanting to work for them and is proud of the organization”, he said.

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Uganda Wild Life Authority staff receiving the Corporate Sustainability award

 
Kikomo also urged the public sector to adopt some of the practices from the private sector so as to improve performance and efficiency.

The executive director of the FUE, Rosemary N. Ssenabulya, said the EYA had undergone transformation ever since its inception in 2001. She said EYAs aim is to promote innovativeness and good HR practices in organisations.

Ssenabulya added that some countries such as Tanzania, Ghana and Switzerland had benchmarked from FUE and introduced best employers’ awards in their respective countries and more countries were adopting it.

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WELTERHUNGER LIFE receiving the PWD category winners award

 
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebeca Kadaga, who was the guest of honour, said the surveys carried out for the awards give businesses chance to share experiences and information.

“ With such surveys, there is an opportunity for business entities to learn new things, benchmark and learn from each other those outstanding people management practices that always come out during EYA surveys as they help maintain workplace harmony, but most importantly, delivering productivity towards the company bottom line,” Kadaga.   She was represented by Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the state minister for housing.

The awards were given in various categories: The overall winners, special wards, the SME, young employers and persons with di otal ganda imited staff receiving the ccupational ealth and afety award Total Uganda Limited staff receiving the Occupational Health and Safety award

 
Winners

Overall winners

  1. Uganda Breweries Limited (Gold).

  2. Uniliver Uganda Limited  (Silver)

  3. National Social Security Funds (Bronze)

Young Employers

  1. Global Christian Trust (Winner)

  2. Ambrosoli Wonder (Runner-up)

    Outgoing Federation of Uganda Employers Executive Director Rosemary Ssenabulya holding an Appreciation Award for her distinguished services to the Federation of Uganda Employers and the general employers fraternity and honour of her as she retires after 17 years of service

     

Special category

Corporate Social Responsibility:   Uganda Wildlife Authority

Occupational health and Safety: Total Uganda

Employee Motivation Initiative: Wagagai Limited

Learning and Development: Stanbic Bank

SMES

  1. EFC Uganda Ltd (Winner)

  2. Grant Thornton (Runner-up)

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PWDS Awards

  1. Welthungerhilfe (Winner)

  2. Royal Suits Bugolobi (Runner-up)

Most benevolent CEO

Dr Andrew Seguya, Uganda Wildlife Authority

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