WORD FROM THE ED

Dear Esteemed Member,

Welcome to the July Newsletter Edition.

Our Executive Director shares a message regarding the just concluded Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) Dinner 2022.

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THE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS DINNER 2022

For over 20 years, FUE has hosted the Employer of the Year Awards (EYA) Dinner to recognise and reward outstanding Employers that have upheld best human resource practices. On Thursday 21st July 2022, the much-anticipated EYA Dinner was held at the Kampala Serena Hotel from 5:00pm to 11:00pm (EAT). Employers and other invited guests dressed elegantly graced the red-carpet to celebrate excellent business management practices in line with the survey theme, ‘Employer Resilience in a COVID-19 World and Beyond’.

During the dinner, Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio in his opening remarks applauded Employers for their resilience and commitment to continue business operations despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He revealed that two new categories had been introduced focusing on Elimination of Child Labour and Employment of Refugees.

The keynote address delivered by Dr. Joseph Muvawala centered on ‘The Future of Work’ which he believes will be built on networking, persuasive communication, continuous learning, data, digitisation and technological advancement. He urged Employers to be ready for the future inorder to thrive in their business endeavors.

The dinner was graced by Hon. Betty Amongi, the Minister for Gender Labour and Social Development as Guest of Honor. Hon Amongi, in her speech advised Employers to improve operational systems and develop an organisational culture to advance national economic growth. She pledged the commitment of Government to continuously support Employers develop policies that are favorable to achieve the decent work agenda.

In addition, the EYA Survey Lead Researcher, Prof. Julius Kikooma articulated that outstanding Employers during the pandemic built sustainable systems, upheld health and wellness of their employees and adapted new technology to achieve business growth.

A hearty congratulations to the EYA 2022 winners;

We appreciate the EYA Technical Committee led by the Chairperson, Ms. Brenda Kyasiimire for their commitment to making the survey and awards ceremony a smooth journey.

Special thanks to our sponsors International Labour Organisation (ILO), Makerere University, Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) and Make 12.4% Work for their immense contribution and support to the Employers’ fraternity.

We thank all employers that participated in the employer of the year survey and awards dinner 2022.

We urge all Employers to attend the upcoming Employers’ Conference in which the EYA survey findings and feedback will be presented for benchmarking purposes.

FUE PODCAST SERIES EPISODE 4

The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy 2019 is aimed to support the creation of employable skills and competencies relevant for the national labour market as opposed to acquisition of educational certificates.

Our fourth episode under the FUE Labour Markets Trends Series is themed ‘Skilling in the Workplace’. We were honored to host Dr. Wilfred Nahamya, Deputy Executive Secretary of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) and Patrick Ajuna, the Policy and Advocacy Officer at FUE as guest speakers who shared enlightening insights on the topic.

To listen to the podcast, download the Podbean App for Android or iOS on Google Play Store.

Click the link below to listen in:

Stay tuned for subsequent episodes!

FUE PARTICIPATES IN THE PPDA BUSINESS EXPO

The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) organised the inaugural procurement business expo at the Kololo Independence Grounds from 8th to 10th July. The three-day event was held under the theme, ‘Exhibit, Collaborate and Grow’. We were delighted to participate in the expo and meet various potential employers from the different sectors of the economy.

At the FUE exhibition stall, employers and other guests were able to interact with FUE staff, learn about FUE membership benefits and sign up for membership to join a wide network of business professionals. There were also valuable trainings conducted by PPDA to equip employers and business

owners with technical skills on financial literacy, running a family business and using the e-procurement portal.

It’s vital for Employers to build a network with different business owners in order to enhance organisational growth.

EMPLOYERS’ INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CLINIC

The Employers’ Industrial Relations Clinic was conducted on Thursday 7th July 2022 at the FUE Head Office in Kiwanga-Namanve. This training is held to equip Employers with basic skills on how to deal with labour challenges, share experiences and work well with all stakeholders.

These skills are vital to create a harmonious working environment for both management and employees hence enhancing maximum productivity.

We encourage all our members to participate in these sessions to enhance good employment relations between management and employees for organisational development.

If you would like a customised training on industrial relations, contact Julian Nyachwo, the Industrial Relations Specialist on julian.nyachwo@fuemployers.org or Geoffrey Kabi, the Employment Relations Officer on kabi.geoffrey@fuemployers.org

THE FEMALE FUTURE ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION OF UGANDA BREAKFAST AGM MEETING

The Female Future Alumnae Association of Uganda (FFAAU) held another annual breakfast meeting on Friday 22 July 2022 at Fairway Hotel, Kampala. This year’s FFPA AGM theme was “Positioning for Growth in our Careers, Finance and Networks”. The event was attended by vibrant women in middle and top leadership position with a hunger to grow and lead others to grow with them. There were three main speakers, Ms. Zulaika Kasajja, a legal consultant in oil and gas, banking and in mentoring girls, who gave a remarkable in-site on opportunities in oil and gas projects. She encouraged the women to take on opportunities in agriculture to break the cycle of financial dependence and also emphasized the fact that there are so many opportunities in the oil and gas sector that women should explore.

Ms. Diana Ninsiima Kibuuka, a legal consultant and country head for Girls 4 Girls Uganda shared about empowering young girls to lead in different capacities. She shared testimonies about young girls who are mentoring each other in different schools and institutions, and girls who have inspired each other to learn skills that is currently supporting their education and is improving their way of life.

Ms. Grace Makoko, a Career banker and financial literacy trainer, shared her life story about financial dependency of her family when her father worked for the government years ago and how life changed for them with a change in government regime. Ms. Makoko shared strategies she used to become financially independent. She talked of the sacrifices she had to make and testifies that her persistence and resilience is paying off today. She encouraged the ladies to be financially literate and to make smart choices when spending.

The FFAAU platform is aimed to afford an opportunity to contribute to making a clear process for women to access positions of decision making. It gives direct access to like-minded peer mentors, who can support career growth and provides a wider networking scope for all the women.

From the speaker’s submissions the aspects tackled including exploring various work sectors including male dominated, mentorship and financial literacy are all issues we have championed for gender equality as the Federation through the Female Future Leadership Program (FFP).

We encourage all ladies out there to sign up for the 20th and 21st Cohorts Female Future Leadership Program today to be equipped with skills under three core modules of Leadership Development, Rhetoric and Board Competence. After this program you are then exposed to a valuable network of women leaders through the Female Future Alumni Association.

Register today by contacting Fatmah Nsereko fatmah.nsereko@fuemployers.org and Joy Ebong joy.ebong@fuemployers.org.

EMPLOYERS’ ADVISORY NOTE

In this edition of the Employers’ Advisory Note, Communications Assistant, Ruth Atim shares insights on ‘Social Media Etiquette’.

Social Media Etiquette is a set of guidelines and rules that protect personal and professional reputation in digital environments. According to research from Kepios, there is an annual growth of social media users at a rate of 9.9% or 13 new users every second with over 409 million new users joining between October 2020 to 2021.

  • Builds the organisational brand: Good social media publicity is significant to sell your brand as a professional entity.
  • Interaction with wide audience: When you have proper social media decorum, it provides an easy platform for you to relate with clients and customers that you expect to purchase your products and services.
  • Understand the needs of your clients: Social Media etiquette provides open communication between Employers and their consumers.
  • Protects an organisation from legal implications: Following the rules of social media keeps an Employer from legal suits and other implications of careless online engagement.
  • Destroys company reputation: Poor social media etiquette can discredit a company’s name and public image
  • Legal consequences: Plagiarism, using information and data without the owners’ consent is illegal and can easily lead to lawsuits.
  • Diminishes online presence: Clients and consumers can easily dissociate themselves from an institution with bad publicity hence losing followers and virtual community support
  • Hire a social media manager: Have a designated professional to be in charge of the company social media accounts.
  • Develop a social media policy: Ensure to have guidelines for social media engagement for the organisation.
  • Choose suitable platforms: As a business, know your audience and choose platforms that resonate with them such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook among others
  • Maintain a schedule: Know when to make posts at peak times
  • Post Relevant Content: Let the content on your social media pages be relevant to your work, goals and values
  • Proofread: Look through your content for errors and to guarantee all information is correct
  • Always attribute: Do not copy and paste another organisations’ content without attributing the source for instance on Twitter you can retweet or quote tweet.
  • Create Feedback Systems: Always address queries from concerned parties because effective communication is two-sided

Social Media and a strong digital presence are the key drivers of brand development and organisational visibility. It’s imperative for all Employers to invest in practicing and maintain excellent social media etiquette on their various platforms to increase engagement with clients as well as advertise their products and services.

MEDIA APPEARANCE

On 18th July, Our Executive Director, Douglas Opio was hosted on UBC TV to discuss the Employer of the Year Awards Survey and Dinner 2022 themed, ‘Employer Resilience in a COVID-19 World and Beyond’.

Watch full interview here