10/19/2022 - Politics and Society

Working life in Nigeria

By abba leneke

Working life in Nigeria

Work experience in Nigeria has evolved over the years, as in other countries. Nigeria is the world's most populated black nation with an estimated population of 200 million people, and an estimated unemployment rate of 33% to 2022. Unemployment remains one of the fundamental factors of underdevelopment and social vices affecting Nigeria. As population growth in the country continues to exceed the expansion of production, which makes the number of people seeking employment continue to increase.

Does this bring to the question of whether people love their jobs or are just afraid of being unemployed?

The Nigerian people are ready, willing and able to work, but the works are not there. It stresses the promotion of innovation and the transformation of young people from job seekers to job creators and employers, which changed the responsibility of creating employment for young people themselves. However, the entrepreneurial initiative has been questioned as a cure for all because it does not adequately address structural issues and the aspiration of young people.Considering these, employees in a typical Nigerian company experience the daily battle with cordura. In Nigeria's work environment there are two main aspects of the problem: owners or business managers Nigerians and employees. To be specific the underlying factor is Nigeria. A normal environment of Nigeria is designed to be hierarchical in terms of power relation. This configuration is defined so that each employee is aware of the structure. Usually, a generous autocrat is the preferred leadership style in Nigeria, and if you embrace this culture, you will experience success at the workplace.Many Nigerian companies focus on achieving results quickly rather than adopting a long-term strategy. In short, people love to see the timely results and know that their monetary investment is being fruitful.A typical Nigerian employee is trying as much as possible to receive training from the company to improve their ability, performance and then find or apply a job, which is higher than your current job. Hence leave the employer with a bitter taste to avoid training the next group of employees.There is also the case of a sense of gross law. The number of employees who want to know what to do overcomes those who think for themselves and are proactive. People want to make the least minimum and be paid, with an apartment and a personal driver.Nigerian entrepreneurs / managers believe that, due to the high unemployment rate, they have no more choice than to make their offer, and that implies giving profit margin a priority, while the well-being of the staff is not, which is so ironic.Another problem is the management style in which it is believed that the longer you spend in the most committed office you are with your work. Like Nigeria, most companies work hypotheses and not data. There is no correlation between the length of time in the office and the productivity. Therefore, working overtime is something everyday and no one receives extra payment to do their work.[Until you learn to escape,] you will work weekends as well. “But it says Monday to Friday in my contract!” You'll either stop doing it.Nigerian employers will impose multiple tasks on a single employee and expect them to engage in a short period of time while waiting for a great result. When this is not achieved, screaming and threatening becomes the order of the day.Shouting is an accepted way to rebuke the staff and your boss can call names your parents didn't give you.So, what's the way forward?

Nigerian Labor laws

On paper, Nigeria has a fairly strong work act that some have argued favors the employee. But labor law is restless in the duration of the working day, and the minimum wage is far from a living wage. Nigerian labour legislation is also largely silent on issues of occupational harassment.It is no secret that many employers are often in blatant violation of Nigeria's labor laws. Employers are rarely demanded for violations of the work act because most people simply cannot allow themselves to take legal actions. There are also many government officials who have private business, which means they rarely face sanctions.Besides, some young people feel that there is very little they can do because they fear the back reaction and they see themselves on the blacklist as an insubordinate worker, thus risking any future perspective of work.And therefore, they support, applauded by the imagination about future upward social mobility, no matter how rare they are. These imaginations help young people develop strategies to overcome their toxic work environments.Finally, responsibility rests on owners and business managers to find more creative ways to ensure productivity, including results-based work, rather than time-based work. If an employee is clear about what is the expected result, allow them to do the job (except if you hired the wrong person).Do not tell people how to do things, say what to do and let them surprise with their results.

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abba leneke

abba leneke

Hi, I’m Abba Leneke, Founder of Nex Hub Solutions, I am an entrepreneur and cyber security enthusiast. I’m a curios person, if an interesting topic comes up in a conversation, I can stay all day discussing it. I work on projects related to tech, sports, politics, and social welfare. As Hobbies I enjoy playing football, spending time with friends, family and loved ones, and watching Real Madrid play.

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