Uplifting employees isn’t just about team building and wellness days. Encouraging them to start their own small businesses can benefit everyone.
Unemployment in Africa shows few signs of decreasing. Many companies are battling to keep salary increases on par with inflation in respective countries. The growing costs of everything from fuel to groceries, Africans are struggling to meet even their most basic daily needs. Dipping into credit facilities for everyday items is not uncommon and there is widespread concern about how much debt Africans are in.
Instead of pushing for increases or moving companies, employees are looking for alternative ways to meet their financial needs, while still embracing their passions, which is where ideas like supporting staff through skills-development programmes and encouraging micro-enterprises within your company come into play.
Whether it’s a secondary business selling on-the-go coffee during rush hour traffic or making beautiful bags from recyclable materials, Africans often find opportunities in the most unusual places. Companies that both encourage this and find ways to support their staff are finding numerous additional benefits.
How else can you enrich your staff?
Try the following:
- Conduct workshops exploring community challenges, and discuss ways in which your staff hope to make a difference.
- Partner with companies that connect you with unemployed youth, to find promising entry-level candidates to employ. This will enable you to make a contribution to the challenge of youth unemployment.
- Run quarterly employee surveys to establish work satisfaction levels and learn more about socio-economic challenges faced by your staff so as to identify potential upliftment opportunities.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro