CIPM boss to workers: Acquire skills relevant for future challenges   

The chairman Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) Oyo state chapter, Mrs Omolara Onipede, weekend, tasked  Nigerian workers to develop and acquire skills relevant in the future.

Speaking at the inaugural seminar organised by the Employment Relation and Human Resources Management Students Association, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Mrs Onipede said the time has come for workers in the country to retool themselves for the challenges ahead. 

The CIPM chairman stated at the seminar entitled “The Challenges of Employment Relations in a rapidly Changing World of Work,” that this became necessary for the workers so as not to be shoved aside as a result of the challenging nature and the future of work.

She  added that there is need for workers to develop and acquire skills relevant in the future of work regarding what they presently do and how automation, robotics and artificial intelligence will be deployed in accomplishing tasks.

The CIPM chairman said crowd sourcing and the use of gig workers will gain more grounds because the future of work will become more fluid having collocated workplace and utilising more remote workers.

Mrs Onipede said the employment relationship faces numerous challenges in today’s rapidly changing world of work, like  Work-Life Balance (Wellbeing supporting employment mental health, flexibility and personal needs) Job Insecurity, Lack of Job Satisfaction, Income Inequality, workplace safety, globalisation, poor working conditions among others.

She noted that employment relations can be improved if organisations “Put employee experience first, break down walls between managers and employees, provide formal management training, celebrate successes, don’t play favourites, set an example, communicate clearly and often, be approachable, involve your employees, focus on inclusivity, build an official handbook and provide opportunities for employees to leave feedback.”