Thursday May 15 2014

Engage employees in decision making, says minister


Kampala-The Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Mwesigye Rukutana, has urged companies to engage more with their employees in decision making if the workforces are to increase productivity and develop a sense of ownership of their respective companies.

Citing benefits like reduced complaints and conflicts, high staff turnover and retention, increased production and reduced absenteeism, Mr Rukutana said companies can double their production without necessarily motivating their employees with money but through engagements.

“Organisations must work to engage employees. The engaged employees get job satisfaction, feel at home and develop a sense of belonging,’’ Mr Rukutana said at the weekend.

Employer awards
The minister made the remarks while presiding over the annual ‘employer of the year’ award ceremony held last week in Kampala.
The annual event seeks to encourage employers provide favourable working conditions for their employees and is organised by Federation of Uganda Employers (FUE)

This year, 70 companies took part with Century Bottling Company scooping gold for motivating its best performing employees and improving internal communication with its employees.

Unilever Uganda took the bronze award while Standard Chartered bank scooped silver. Other winners included MTN Uganda in the communication category and Airtel, as well as Tullow Oil in the occupational health and safety category.

The chairman FUE, Mr Nicolas Okwir encouraged winners to do more to improve workers conditions while advising those that didn’t win to replicate what the winners did.