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FITC to host Africa’s biggest employee engagement to boost workforce capabilities

FITC, a tech-driven knowledge institute, is set to host Africa’s biggest Employee Engagement and Experience Conference (E3) focused on strategies for the acquisition, management and retention of talent.

The FITC E3 conference, scheduled to hold March 24 to 25, is designed to enable individuals and organisations develop strategies for engaging their employees and retaining talents for optimum performance as well as remaining competitive in an agile environment.

The conference facilitators are made up of over 25 speakers, including C-suite executives, subject matter experts and thought leaders from the financial and non-financial services sector, government agencies, oil and gas industry, manufacturing industry across the world.

The facilitators will be sharing insights on contemporary issues around employee engagement and experience relevant to the sustained growth, development and survival of businesses.

The conference aims are to share strategies for building optimum employee engagement and experience in the new normal, provide insights on building an agile workforce in an increasingly digital work environment, provide platforms for key stakeholders to discuss initiatives for upscaling the workforce in line with the future of work, and discuss talent retention and engagement strategies for Generation Z and Millennials.

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The two-day virtual event will be outfitted with world-class talent development managers and human resources experts who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences on how they have engaged employees, and improved employee experiences, and how these, in turn have impacted positively on organisational performance and growth in their various industries.

Aishah Ahmad, deputy governor, Financial System Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria, is the distinguished guest speaker, while Bola, Adesola, senior vice chairman, Standard Chartered Bank, Africa, will give the keynote address.

The faculty line up for this programme include: Esther Akinnukawe, chief human resources officer, MTN Nigeria; Rosie Ebe–Arthur, group head, Human Capital Management and Development, First Bank of Nigeria; Funke Amobi, country head, Human Capital, Stanbic IBTC Bank; Olusola Adewole, partner, People and Organisation, PwC Nigeria; Bukola Thomas, group head, Talent Management, Dangote Industries Limited; Chizoba Mojekwu, lead consultant, Deft Adroit Consulting; Yemi Faseun, senior human resources executive/founder, YF Network; Foluke Adeniyi Adeleye, regional director, Oracle and certified executive coach, and several others.

The event will have four plenary sessions, four breakout sessions with over 25 renowned speakers. There will also be a networking arena, and other interesting features that will give participants and attendees the experience and feel of a physical conference. Pertinent topics which will be discussed in detail include the Future of Work, Achieving Employee Engagement & Experience, Building an Agile Workforce in a Digital Environment: Imperatives, Risks & Control, Employee Engagement: Strategies for Business Growth, Building Optimum Employee Experience & Satisfaction in the New Normal, HR Data Analytics, Talent Management Strategies, Implementing Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) in the new workplace and Survivor’s Guilt.

The conference becomes exigent because industry data showed that employee engagement and experience is fast becoming one of the most important indicators for gauging a company’s success. The “Global Workplace Study 2020” ascertained that, as high as 86 per cent of employees are not actively engaged or are actively disengaged at work, whilst only 14 per cent of workers are fully engaged globally. This shows a decline in employee engagement, which was 15 percent from the study in 2018.

Likewise, employee engagement has a direct impact on an employee’s productivity and on the performance of the entire organization, a fully engaged workforce is more efficient, delivers higher levels of customer satisfaction, attains higher productivity levels, and ensures lower turnover rates, which all translates into improved overall performance and profitability for the organisation. Hence, the relevance of employee engagement and experience in an organisation cannot be overemphasized.

Furthermore, COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased digitalization of the workplace and more people working remotely. This development has brought employee engagement and experience to the top burner in many organisations aspiring to have and maintain a pool of engaged employees.

Besides, the advent and utilization of advanced technologies, skilled labour, best practices, and education have increased job efficiencies in major organisations even as employees with lowered productivity have been disengaged with adverse impact on the organizational financial performances.

As a socially conscious, innovation led and technology driven knowledge organization, FITC has developed the E3 Conference to be a platform for people and organizations, driven by a collective commitment to understand how to manage the balance between employee experience and adopting innovations to ensure a viable future for their organisations.

FITC is a world-class innovation-led knowledge and professional services firm providing cutting edge Learning, Advisory and Research Services to clients in the Financial Services and other sectors, within and outside Nigeria.

Established in 1981 as a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee to provide capacity building and serve as a knowledge hub for the Nigerian Financial Services Sector. FITC is owned by the Bankers’ Committee, i.e., CBN, NDIC, and all deposit money banks in Nigeria.

For four decades, FITC has been at the forefront of innovative knowledge offerings designed for an array of C-suite executives, directors of banks and other financial institutions. Leveraging on international Faculty and partnership, FITC has led the knowledge space in delivering high valued capacity building solutions for Board Directors and C-suites. FITC is a recipient of the International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO) ‘Change Agent in Learning and Development in Africa’ Award, 2020 Business Excellence Award (The BIZZ Award), 2020 Strategy Innovation & Change Award, The International Business Excellence (IBX) Award, among others.

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