First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has received positive affirmation and rewards in Africa for consistently enhancing human capital development and welfare among its workforce. The Bank got two top awards at the 5th edition of the Best Companies to Work For 2018 Africa Awards organized by the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) held in Lagos on May 31, 2018.
The awards are, ‘Best Workplace for Women in Africa’ and ‘Second Best Company to Work For in Africa’, both in the large corporates category. In addition, the Bank was presented with a certificate to further attest to its recognition as a Great Place to Work. The awards are in recognition of FCMB’s achievements in creating an enabling environment where employees can pursue their career goals and thrive.
GPTW Institute is a global research firm that assesses companies, based on a trust index survey (employees’ opinion about the workplace) and culture audit (management policies and practices), with the overall objective to promote excellence in the workplace. The Institute which produces the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list and other top employer rankings, operates in 50 countries, including Nigeria.
For the award of ‘Best Workplace for Women’, GPTW Institute took particular note of the various empowerments and other support programmes of FCMB Women in the areas of orphanages, girl child education, the less privileged, especially widows as well as the increased female representation in key management roles in the financial institution.
For the award of ‘Second Best Company to Work For in Africa’, the Institute considered FCMB’s commitment over the years in championing and executing initiatives that balance the needs of its diverse workforce in key human welfare and career development areas. Among these are, career management through a self-service career portal, mentoring programmes, talent development programmes, professional development opportunities, good medical support, employee health week providing nutrition advice, free health checks at branches etc, telephone counselling services for personal issues, and policies/benefits to reduce the financial burden on expectant and nursing mothers, newly married employees, bereaved employees and children education grants for long serving employees. By creating an inclusive, respectful and high-performance culture, which makes everyone feel valued.
Commenting on the awards, the Managing Director of FCMB, Mr. Adam Nuru, said: that, the Bank would continue to provide the right environment and initiatives, anchored on fairness, respect, camaraderie and credibility, that would enable its workforce to confidently pursue their career goals.
Also speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, the Senior Vice President and Divisional Head, Corporate Services, FCMB, Felicia Obozuwa, described the awards as big milestones in the journey of the Bank to bring its mission to attain the highest levels of customer advocacy, be a great place to work and deliver superior and sustainable returns to its shareholders to life.
While expressing appreciation to the organisers and employees of the Bank for the awards, Felicia Obozuwa assured that”: FCMB will continue to provide an enabling environment, and the right culture where employees can pursue challenging careers and thrive. We are not yet where we aim to be, but this is a significant milestone in our journey, and we greatly appreciate the recognition.