Some 30 Executive Committee Members and Heads of Department of Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG) have undergone a day’s training in Accra to enhance their labour management skills.
Organized by the Human Capital Department of CBG, and facilitated by the Gamey and Gamey Group, a leading human resource and labour relations management firm, the workshop aimed at equipping the managers of CBG with the relevant practical knowledge on the labour laws relevant to their operation.
It also offered them advanced skills for effective partnership with the staff union to ensure growth and productivity in the bank.
Among other topics, the workshop took the participants through the application of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651) that serves as a guide to the interaction between managers and the workers.
It had the theme, “Labour and Management: working together cooperatively for quality productivity.”
Mr. Austin Gamey, CEO of Gamey and Gamey Group, who led the facilitation, reminded the executives that effective collaboration between management and workers yields enhanced productivity.
To ensure successful partnership, he noted that there must be clarity and shared responsibility on the organisational objectives among the workforce.
That, he said could be achieved through effective communication, target setting, reward mechanism and customer delight, among others.
A good application of a Collective Agreement developed on the basis of Ghana’s Labour Act, he believes should enable an organisation to achieve a strong labour- management cooperation and productivity.
He urged the managers to adopt the GHOST principles, which encourages Gentle, Honesty, Openness, Specificity and continued Talking in their relationship with their workers and unions.
CBG’s General Manager for Human Capital, Esi Wilson in an interview with ADR Daily said the training provided participants with practical knowledge on the labour law and equipped them with skills to effectively cooperate with the members of their departments.
“People automatically and instinctively think that this is an HR problem, but what we have made them understand is that as heads of departments, they are HR managers in their departments and they should be able to understand the people issue, they should be able to collaborate with staff in their departments.
“Basically, it is to let them understand that all labour issues are not HR’s problem, and that everyone should collectively help in growing the business,” he said.
Benjamin Nana Appiah/adrdaily.com