NOSAK GROUP – pioneering survival strategies for businesses in a recession through Learning and Development

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The current economic variables playing out within the Nigerian business hemisphere have forced organisations to transition in order to survive and still maintain a portion of the market share. This has equally given rise to innovations as regards strategies for survival, which will hopefully mitigate against a future reoccurrence.

The Head Training – Nosak Group; Mrs Igie Odozi stated that this reality not only impacts businesses directly in terms of market share but affects to a larger extend the owners and drivers of the business. The major stakeholders in this endeavour are the owners and the employees. In situations such as the one business owners and organisations have found themselves in this country, the organisations will have to grapple with issues of shrinkage of the market, downsizing, cost savings/reduction in order to remain afloat while employees on their part are up and doing in seeking for greener pastures in other organisations to mitigate the risk of job losses. This to a large extent accounts for the current high level of employee turnover in organisations.

For organisations willing and seeking to remain afloat while running profitably, the key is to imbibe a culture of learning.  Training programmes for human capital development are now channelled towards ensuring the effectiveness of employee contributions to the success of the business. Consequently, smart organisations now adopt more effective solutions in workforce engagement through the retention of their critical talents. This is only achievable by continuous investment in learning and development. Learning and development continues to be a practice that requires a substantial chunk of investment and organizations that fail to adjust their learning management practices and solutions will struggle endlessly with declining organizational growth or productivity.

Nosak Group as a world class company, an innovative cum leading brand in industries is an advocate of this smart solution of investing heavily in continuous learning and development of its workforce using the best of technology and content. A recent study revealed that leading companies like Nosak Gorup are taking it further by leveraging on social learning activities; mobile learning solutions etc thereby consistently increasing the budget size for learning and development. This has equally given rise to a paradigm shift whereby there is a transition from the traditional context of strictly controlling approach of the workforce to the innovative approach of engaging and seeing the workforce as partners in the business.

The traditional methods of learning are also being abandoned in favour of more effective learning solutions based on cutting edge technology, which engages talent and improves performance.

In the present scheme of things, our approach at Nosak Group to organizational development are:

a).     Prioritizing the Individual employee.

b).     Development and Re-training key talent as a strategic business       priority leading to business growth.

c).     Strengthening partnership between the Group and our workforce. This makes us not to be overly “controlling” but one that views her employees as collaborators for success.

It is in line with this paradigm shift by the management of Nosak Group that a World class, fully equipped Training School was commissioned on March 15, 2017 to serve not only the needs of the Group but other organisations willing to key into this initiative. At the flag off of this laudable initiative; Group Chief Operating Officer – Thomas Oloriegbe appreciated the management team for the giant step taken to properly equip the training school with the latest technology offerings. This is geared towards impacting knowledge and empowering the work force in their respective disciplines.

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THE TRAITS OF A GOOD EMPLOYEE- WHAT MAKES A GOOD EMPLOYEE?

Traits of a good employeeHere are the top employee qualities:
1. Communicator: Employers love to hire employees who have the ability to communicate well and express themselves in a clear manner, whether in writing or speaking. Inaccurate/inappropriate communication between employees can cause many problems to the company.

2. Self-Motivated: A good employee never hesitates of taking responsibility or a more responsible position. She also ready to work beyond the call of duty in order to meet goals or to solve problems, even if the job in discussion is not one of the regular works she is usually assigned.

3. Hard worker: There is no substitute to hard work. Although everyone seems to say that they work hard not many keep on working after being at the job for a while. So, one has to keep reminding oneself about the importance and significance of working hard as an employee.

4. Adaptable/decisive and effective learner: Employees who know how to adjust themselves to new environment, willing to learn new things (quick learners) and perform their best in changes are likely to be the best performers in any organization.

5. Team Player: Many companies consist of teams. Any company requires an effective team effort. An employer who can contribute is an ideal worker. Someone who is like a fish in the water (of the organization), who can perform well in a team will become a factor sooner or later.

6. Helping others: everyone appreciates a helping hand every now and then. Do not hesitate in helping out others. This make the person establish friendly relations with the coworkers and keeps the office running smoothly which in turn is appreciated by the employers.

7. Honesty: A good employee is honest about his/her work and qualifications. Self criticism and willing to receive feedback (bad as good) is essential to become a good learner.

8. Ethical: Work rules are made to be followed. There is decorum of every place that ought to be kept. A good employee follows the policies of the company and inspires others to do so too.

9. Give credit where it is due: One of the most prevalent practices doing the rounds in offices today is stealing the credit of a job well done. A good employee will not only truthfully let the right co-worker have her credit but also share her own accolades with his team.

10. Polite: Being friendly and approachable will never harm. a good employee greets her co workers a ‘good morning’, says little courteous things like ‘thank you’ and ‘you are welcome’. These things may appear insignificant but go a long way in establishing the person as favorite employee.

11. Disciplined and punctual: Every boss loves a punctual, disciplined and conscientious employee. Time is money. Coming late to office, taking unnecessary breaks, procrastinating and leaving earlier than the usual hours cost money to the company. No employer will ever appreciate this.

12. Avoid gossip: The person should always remember that she came to the office to work, to make a career. Do not spread office gossip or rumors. Respect the privacy of the co workers. Safeguard and protect the confidential nature of office business and transactions.

If you are an employee who has just started out a career and joined a company, working/improving the right traits can help you in the long run. Knowing the best qualities of employees, may help you find a stronger foothold in the company and increase your chances of getting promotions and success.
Learn how to be a good employee from the very beginning of your career!