Winning an award is one thing, but receiving a positive continental recognition as the best in human resource stuff is incredible. Few companies appreciate the fact that hiring and maintaining talent is very important for a successful company. Awarding the best in that sector, Procter and Gamble (P&G) was the overall winner of the inaugural Careers in Africa Employer of Choice 2015 Awards.
“We are honoured by the accolade, and this is testament to P&G’s commitment to hiring, developing and retaining top talent. Our employees are our greatest asset: because we promote from within, talent management is a business critical function. This award, which is based on an independent survey of 13,242 African professionals across 54 markets, confirms that we are on the right track and inspires us to achieve even more,” says P&G’s Associate Director for Human Resources in sub-Saharan Africa, Folasade Olashore.
From an assistant brand manager to Associate Director of Marketing at Procter and Gamble (P&G), Anthony Nganga devoted his time and skills developing and encouraging talent in the company.
“At P&G, your career is in your hands. The company is such that you don’t need to ask if you can take a leadership role, it is expected of you. The exposure to growth and learning opportunities are tremendous and they start from the moment you join P&G. ‘P&G has been encouraging my curiosity in the commercial arena and supported me fully when I decided to make the switch,” says Mr. Anthony N’gan’ga.
In addition, P&G emerged as the winner in the FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) Careers in Africa Employer of Choice category and was the runner-up in two other categories, Development and Reward. This is a good sign that companies need to come up with ways of handling and uplifting employer/employee working relationship in an institution. Employees add a huge percentage in the company’s growth.
The Development category recognizes those employers seen to set the standard in providing their employees with the tools and opportunities to reach their full potential and take their careers to the next level. The Reward category recognizes nominees on how well their reward programmes are meeting the demands of the African talent pool, from base salary to retirement, short-term perks and stock awards, factoring in the degree of choice and flexibility provided.
“At P&G, you learn a lot from a business perspective from great people from across the world. The company has a fantastic culture that has been built over the last 180 years.” concludes Anthony.