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Olumoh, Lagos Assembly member, urges Lagosians to promote workplace balance

Olumoh, Lagos Assembly member, urges Lagosians to promote workplace balance

The Chairman, of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), Lukman Olumoh, has urged Lagosians to workplace balance by promoting team spirit, collaboration and fostering a healthy working environment.

Olumoh stated this in his goodwill message delivered during the 3-day annual retreat organised by, the Lagos State Office of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to strengthen team bonding among its employees. Themed, ‘Successful collaborations…home is where it starts’, was held recently at BON Hotel Safron, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

The Assemblyman likened the workplace to the home front based on the fact that many individual spent a larger part of their days at the workplace, noting that togetherness at work would become practicable if it existed at individual homes.

“I would like to liken the workspace to our individual homes. The reason is that we spend most of the time at work. There are days when we spend 10 hours or more in the workplace; therefore, for me, the workplace is home. My colleague, your colleague is your next-of-kin in the real sense of it. It is almost impossible to run away from work because that is where we earn our daily bread. Togetherness or lack of it begins from the home; the workplace is where the real thing begins,” Olumoh stated.

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The lawmaker urged the participants to always focus on things that can bring everyone together, rather than those issues that can tear apart. “In all cases, there is unity in diversity. Everywhere, we have differences, we should have in-built mechanisms to address and thrash out our differences,” he stated.

Ope George, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public-Private Partnerships, in his welcome address stated that the retreat was another opportunity for staff of the PPPs Office to get to know one another better; eliminate barriers and other issues that could bring division, and more importantly, to upscale their skills in resolving conflicts that may arise in the course of work and daily interactions.

“The Office of Public-Private Partnerships is a unique place. It is a fusion of both private and public sectors. We also have people of diverse age groups, personality traits and different interests. So far so good, we have tried our best to break down barriers, create an atmosphere of peace, love, joy and connectedness,” he stated.

George described the theme of the retreat as apt, stating that the home reflects the personality that every individual portrays at work and in the larger society, adding that home, place of worship and society are the tripartite vectors of ‘an invisible triangle’ in the life of every individual.

“The triangle begins from the home to various places of worship, then the society. The society includes the work space, the market place and all other places of human interaction. What each individual displays in the place of worship and the larger society is, in most cases, an offshoot of what was deposited from the home,” he stated.