Great Place to Work Nigeria plans partnerships to introduce global best practices

22 June 2018

Having recently taken over the reins in Nigeria, the new Country Director of US-based consultancy Great Place to Work, Gonzalo Shoobridge has revealed that the firm’s strategy going forth will be to partner with Nigerian firms to introduce international best practices for the workplace into the country.

Founded in 1991, Great Place to Work (GPTW) is a California-based research, consulting firm, conceptualised around the ethos that a company’s success is strongly linked to the environment in the workplace. Employee sentiment, in turn, is not only fostered through benefits – monetary or otherwise – but is improved through a collaborative and friendly environment where it is possible to build strong relationships.

Based on these principles, the firm conducts detailed studies of some of the world’s best workplaces, and leverages its findings to work with organisations across the world to design optimal environments in which to operate. GPW currently works with over 5,500 firms across the globe, and its models currently affect more than 10 million employees.

The firm operates all over the world, and its operations on the African continent are controlled from its office in Lagos, Nigeria. Recently, the firm saw a change of leadership for its Nigerian operations, with the former Country Director Michael Thomas vacating his position at the helm, which was filled by Gonzalo Shoobridge.

Great Place to Work Nigeria plans partnerships to introduce global best practices

Shoobridge has a doctorate in management, and has extensive professional experience in the consulting domain, having worked for a decade at Willis Towers Watson. Speaking at an awards ceremony organised by GPTW in Nigeria, Shoobridge made clear his intentions for the future of the firm’s operations in Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy.

“We are bringing best practices here so we can share them with Nigerian organisations that want to become best work places,  because if we improve the workplace, we are going to improve the society as a whole,” said Shoobridge.

Speaking on building an effective work environment, he added “It doesn’t happen in one or two years; it is a continuous improvement process, because the bar is very high. That is why we are going to partner with Nigerian organisations in that journey to becoming best work place.”

He also commented on his future partners in the country, stating “These companies have the courage and confidence to build the kind of workplace where you achieve organisational objectives with employees who give their personal best and work together as a team or family – all in an environment of trust.”

L'AINE Services celebrates 25th anniversary with renewed gusto

17 April 2019

Ghanaian human resources consultancy L’AINE Services has marked its 25th anniversary in operation with a reaiteration of its commitment to developing a skilled and motivated workforce for every client that it works with, consistent with priorities across the business environment in Ghana. 

Ghana is on its way to becoming a prominent financial centre for West Africa, The government and private sector are working in collaboration to ensure that the region’s economic potential is realised, and a large part of the focus thus far has been on the development of talent in the country’s workforce.

As a result, training programmes have increased in quantity and intensity, while consultancies that work on innovative human resource policies have come to prominence. The rationale is that fostering talent, boosting productivity and developing digital skills will drive Ghana’s economy forward.

L'AINE Services celebrates 25th anniversary with renewed gusto

Once such consultancy is L’AINE Services, based in Tema. The firm was established in 1994, and has recently celebrated its 25th year in existence. Over the years, the firm’s suite of services has gradually expanded to include support with recruitment, payrolling, training and publishing.

The firm also helps with hiring and talent development, which has made it particularly relevant in the contemporary scenario. During the firm’s 25th anniversary celebrations, executives at the firm reasserted its mission to support the business environment in Ghana in its growth endeavours.

This involves ensuring excellence in its service of each and every client. The firm has a three-pronged strategy to facilitate growth in the HR domain, including a focus on people, innovation and technology. Founder and Director of the firm Ellen Hagan indicated that the firm seeks to “transform every life and business we come across.”

Delving into the ethos behind its services, Board Chairman at the firm Prosper Asamoah indicated that the firm lays emphasis on developing a secure environment within which employees feel safe enough to thrive and innovate. Empowering employees is the key for organisational development, according to Asamoah.