Hannah Ashiokai Akrong, a human resource expert, is advocating the adoption of wellness policies and programmes by businesses to enhance the well-being of their employees.
She was speaking on a panel for Asaase Business AM on The Asaase Breakfast Show in the lead-up to this year’s Human Resource Focus Conference in Accra.
Akrong recalled how her firm introduced a two-week paid leave programme for employees experiencing various forms of domestic violence. She proposed this as a measure that other organisations can emulate.
“It is something that organisations have to take a look at. It evolves, based on what is happening around the world and what is happening in the organisation at that time,’’ she said.
A recent survey shows that engaged employees outperform their peers who don’t engage each other. Overall, companies with high employee engagement are 21% more profitable.
The study also shows that highly engaged workplaces saw 41% lower absenteeism.
The human resource director wants organisations to take a holistic approach to wellness and well-being to enhance their image and growth.
HR Focus Conference
This year’s Human Resource Focus Conference, on the theme “Work and Wellness”, took place yesterday (Friday 9 October).
It aimed to offer a collaborative platform for experience-sharing and learning to enhance organisational and employee well-being.
The conference was addressed by speakers such as Awo Quaison-Sackey, the regional vice-president for human resources at Newmont Corporation (Africa Region) and Dr Elikem Tamaklo, the managing director of the Nyaho Medical Centre in Accra who was named the HR-Oriented CEO of the Year 2019.