Sociologists Vital to Evolving New Human Resource Practice
A human resource expert, Mrs. Ebun Kasomo, has tasked Covenant University students in the Department of Sociology to seek deeper understanding of the discipline, sociology, as it is an excellent foundation for entering the world of business, industry, and organisations.
Mrs. Kasomo, who is a Human Resource Partner (External Relations), Shell Nigeria Limited, gave the task on Friday, October 27, 2017, at a Town and Gown seminar of the department, where she emphasized that sociological outlook is important for working in today's multi-ethnic and multinational business environments.
Speaking on the topic ‘A Sociologist as a Human Resource Executive in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry,’ the Guest Speaker said human resources is related to sociology because human resource managers are expected to know and be familiar with the behavioural patterns of others.
According to her, sociology majorly provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organisations operate. She added that sociology also help individuals to develop good communication skills, capacity to process, analyze data and make informed decisions.
Mrs. Kasomo noted that the changing work landscape has blurred the line between human resources management and sociology. She posited that employee experience is something that many forward thinking organisations must think about today. This experience, according to her, comprises of the physical, cultural and technological environments.
Mrs. Kasomo, an alumnus of the department, averred that the business of HR is typically not a data intense part of any organisation, as data can come from a variety of sources, ranging from staff performance index and attendance records to surveys and tracking employees’ life events.
She stated that it was important for students studying sociology to start comprehending the new means of social recruitment drive and the place of technology. “Roughly 3 out of 4 job seekers are now using mobile devices to research companies, review career opportunities, and apply for jobs. The understanding of how social media can be leveraged upon to enhance talent attraction and retention has now become key for HR practice,” she stated.
The guest speaker, however, noted that the biggest challenge for HR in the present will be retaining employees within the demographic cohort after the Millennials; the ‘Generation Z’, as they are always job hopping, looking for flexible work hours and prefer compressed work weeks, which are the new trends, and HR must play a crucial role in attracting and retaining this group to bring on board new initiatives to organisations.
“Sociology not only helps us to analyse current and existing patterns of social life, but it also helps us to see some of the possibilities the future has in stock for us. Through the sociological imagination, we can see not only what is real, but also what could become real should we desire to make it that way, and this is core to the human resources management,” she enthused.