Human Resources Management is, to the lay man, a management practice which employs and organise staff and workers in such a way that the employer obtains the greatest possible benefit from the abilities of the employees.In return, Human Resources practice equally makes sure that commensurate and adequate provision of material and psychological rewards from such engagement goes to the employees. Sounds a fair deal!
Scientific Management came out of the Industrial Revolution era through the studies of Frederick Taylor. The theories of Motivation, promoted by Abraham H. Maslow and his contemporaries, open the flood gates of care and concern for the employee. All humans seek to meet the following needs:
Human Resources Management brings succor and hope to the employee at a fair cost to the employer. Despite criticism and attacks, the theory of motivation remains a rallying point in the practice of human resources management. It blends well with the economic and physical needs theory of Karl Marx, the physical and love needs of Sigmund Freud, the esteem needs theory of Alfred Adler, and the self-actualization theory of Goldstein. Every right thinking person seeks to meet certain needs in his life. The United States of America, Western Europe and other true democracies properly understood the theories of motivation and apply them as useful tool in obtaining their respective egalitarian societies.
Most of Africa still try to forge fair and just leadership and governance since the assassination or schematic removal of our founders such as Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Obafemi Awolowo and such true sons of Africa who put the interest of the populace ahead of their own personal pursuits and desires. Other good leaders emerged, but their good intentions have not transformed Africa as desired. Nevertheless, the continent produces continuously brilliant minds and talents that shape the advancement and progress of the world in terms of technology, education, health, international relations, business and the arts, and other facets of our life.
Monopolistic tendencies and oligarchy entrenched by the elites make up the ruling class, leaving the masses far behind in wanton need and abject poverty. This brought about corruption and deprive Africa of badly needed growth and development. How could many Africans dream of meeting the needs of self-actualization when the basic needs of life – job, health and shelter, are far from being met? Yet to their chagrin, and rape on their psyche, the élite display brazenly their ill-gotten wealth without shame. This explains why many Africans have left the shores of the continent in pursuit of greener pastures in other lands. “All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From the city councils, to the local governments, at the state level and within the central government system, corruption is rife because of greed, and the effect of round pegs in square holes. Nevertheless, hope is not lost. A core aspect of the practice and rules of Human Resources Management is Training and retraining. HR Africa should think along this path as they congregate in Lagos, Nigeria for the HR 2012 Leadership Strategy. The African youth are the vital part of the African population, but they stay disenfranchised from the political system that affects them most. HR Africa is well placed to think beyond employees, and look at the vast potentials inherent in the African youth, desirous of a great future. HR Africa should encourage African youths:
- 1. Votes: Support the training of youths to value the power of their votes. HR Africa should support and engage their organizations to promote programs and activities that would wake up the African youth to the values and privileges inherent in his right to vote and be voted for.
- 2. Votes: Youths from 18 years and above in schools, colleges, universities, trade and training centers, employments and non-employments should understand that the power of true democracy lie in their positive attitude to vote.
- 3. Votes: Support training programs and seminars that withdraw youths from cultish gangs and groups, hooligans, violence and social vices; and encourage them to work with non-governmental and non-partisan associations to promote awareness about correct voting patterns at school, on campuses, and their immediate wards or communities.
- 4. Votes: Encouraged young people to imbibe irreproachable manners and decent attitudes to life and society, to hold themselves in high esteem and dream of a better future while working for it through engagement is social services and positive lifestyle.
With such support from professionals like you, exceptional candidates gets elected, political terrain get transformed, corruption get curtailed, while productivity and development will improve across the land. A remarkably efficient and productive public service would emerge to help and support more productive corporate culture in Africa. This is growth and success – this will prove that HR Africa could transform the continent, not just employees and corporate bodies.