Employer of the Year Awards marked amidst jubilation

By Ambrose Gahene

There was excitement, jubilation and ululation as employers celebrated various awards bestowed upon them, during the 14th edition of Employer of the Year Awards {EYA} ceremony at Kampala Serena Hotel, last Wednesday evening.   Federation for Uganda Employers {FUE} organized the colorful event. FUE executive director Rosemary N. Ssenabulya, said the EYA had undergone transformation ever since its inception in 2001. She said EYA’s aim is to promote innovativeness and good HR practices in organizations.

Ssenabulya added that some countries such as Tanzania, Ghana and Switzerland had benchmarked from FUE and introduced best employers’ awards in their respective countries and more countries were adopting it.

PWDs NUDIPU team pose for a group photo after receiving an award

The Minister of State for Housing Dr Chris Baryomunsi represented Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, as Chief Guest at the function. Dr Baryomunsi said; the surveys carried out for the awards give businesses a chance to share experiences and information.

“ With such surveys, there is an opportunity for business entities to learn new things, benchmark and learn from each other those outstanding people management practices that always come out during EYA surveys as they help maintain workplace harmony, but most importantly, delivering productivity towards the company bottom line,” Kadaga’s speech read in part.

The 2016/2017 awards were held under the theme: HR Analytics: Using people data to create value

Prof. Julius Kikomo of Makerere University School of Psychology carried out consultancy; on selection criteria for best employers on behalf of FUE. He said: “The employees’ strength should be capitalized by creating enthusiasm among them. This is by creating an enabling environment for them to work. This is also possible through employee engagement,” Kikomo said the competitiveness of the organization depends on the engagement of the employees. “A good employer makes the employee wanting to work for them and is proud of the organization”, he added.

Kikomo also urged the public sector to adopt some of the practices from the private sector so as to improve performance and efficiency.

The awards were given in various categories: The overall winners, special Awards, the SMEs, young employers and persons with disabilities. Total Uganda Limited staff received the Occupational Health and Safety award. Uganda Breweries Limited emerged as overall Gold winners, followed by Uniliver Uganda Limited, who won Silver and National Social Security Fund scooped Bronze.

Minister Chris Baryomunsi

Young Employers of the Year Awards went to Global Christian Trust as winners and Ambrosoli Wonder, as runners’ up. Under Special Category Awards, Uganda Wildlife Authority {UWA} emerged winner of Corporate Social Responsibility, followed by Total Uganda, for Occupational health and Safety. The Award of Employee Motivation Initiative went to Wagagai Limited, while that of Learning and Development was taken by Stanbic Bank Uganda.

Small and Medium Enterprises {SMEs} Awards were taken by; EFC Uganda Ltd as winner, while Grant Thornton was runner up. People With Disabilities {PWDs} Awards went to Wethungerhilfe, as winner and Royal Suits Bugolobi was runner up. Most benevolent CEO of the Year Award was bestowed on Dr Andrew Seguya, Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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