The Problem of Workforce Management and Human Capital Risks in Nigeria
Within the Nigerian workspace, there are several challenges especially those associated with Human Capital Risk: from deliberate and undeliberate infractions incurred by employees (workers) either on the domestic category or corporate/non-corporate
There have been several testimonies of theft, sexual abuse, murder, attempted poisoning and several other crimes within the workforce. This trend is rampant in today’s society. While the Nigerian Police Agencies are keen on carrying out their duties in a bid to curb and lessen crime rate, offenders continue to emerge. However, the solution lies on proactive measures at stemming the root cause of these crimes.
Take for instance, a certain story a domestic staff situation: According to an employer, he had recently employed a cook that had full references on him which made him employable. Just a week after assuming duty, he had devised ulterior motives to rob the family of their belongings. Previous workplace engagements where omitted from his records, which transfers the risk to the employer.
After this act. It was discovered he was affiliated with a notorious gang who were equally cooks within the area and specialized in breaking into homes and stealing from unsuspecting home owners.
Conniving with the housemaid, he had explained his planned and requested she aid him. Unfortunately for him, the housemaid informed her employer, he contacted the Police and soon after a manhunt was in progress.
Another case involves a lady who was hired as house-help. A week later, she had invited a friend to break into the Master Bedroom of the house and made away with lots of valuables.
Take another case of a data analyst and customer database management personnel made away with customer data for purposes of using them to defraud the company’s customers, because he believed there was no counter-measure against his ulterior motive nor was there a way the company would discover. Unfortunately for him, the Quality Assurance unit was quick at discovering the act after a customer enquired about the message he received, with a following arrest.
These are just two out of the many nefarious acts carried out by unreliable and unverified staff. The need to proliferate and entrench transparency across all categories of the workforce cannot be overemphasized.
Specific attention needs to be given to worker recruitment in either corporate or non-corporate sectors.
It is not surprising to note that in certain establishments, accurate data on staff strength is not satisfactory, loopholes are common, corruption circulates within different departments and left unchecked; funds are mismanaged by incompetent workers. These are in part a result of poor recruitment strategies. In most cases, verifications are not carried out, there is lack of background checks, and workers are only employed based on so-called skills and years of working experience presented to employers for review.
Skills and experience are just not enough for an efficient and quality service delivery from workers. There are other considerations – individual character and tolerability are important.
Employment history reports on workers are vital in making choices before hiring them. These are the solutions which VerifyMe Nigeria has brought to the stables of the Nigerian workforce in a bid to redefining and actualizing an integrity-based and transparent employer-employee system.
VerifyMe Nigeria’s services cut across all sectors and they are highly significant and of high value to both the Corporate and domestic workforce. With a Verified Worker Number, it is a one-off situation with advantages aimed at curbing crime in the workplace