HRODD Organizes Orientation Programme for Newly Appointed Staff

 Director of HRODD, Mr. Daniel O. Baidoo (File photo)

In the quest to equip new appointees with the requisite skills to excellently perform their roles and to provide employees with relevant information about University of Ghana, its basic laws and regulations as well as the rights and responsibilities of staff, the Human Resource and Organisational Development Directorate (HRODD), recently organised a three-day orientation programme for newly appointed Senior Members, Assistant Registrars, Senior and Junior Staff.

Welcoming the new appointees to the orientation programme, the Director of HRODD, Mr. Daniel O. Baidoo congratulated them on their appointment. He was hopeful that by the end of their training, they would be better prepared to handle the offices assigned to them.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Felix Asante opening the programme, welcomed all the staff and emphasised the importance of keeping abreast with the policies of the University. He urged the new appointees to give off their best, work as a team and frequently visit the University’s website to familiarise themselves with the right information.

Resource persons drawn from the University presented on various topics and participants had the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation.

Prof. Justice Bawole, Dean, University of Ghana Business School, presented on the topic, Administrative Ethics for Higher Education Faculty/Administrators. He engaged the participants in the discussion of a case study on professional/organisational ethics, gifts, bribes, conflict of interests and responsibility. He further encouraged them to develop personal values/ethics, eschew acts of corruption and pointed the participants to some relevant policies of the University.

Delivering a presentation on Introduction to the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy, Prof. Margaret I. Amoakohene, Chair, Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee, indicated that to create an environment free from intimidation, exploitation and abuse, and to create an atmosphere of work and study where all people are treated with respect and dignity, the University put together the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy.

Prof. Amoakohene led the participants through the approaches of reporting or handling sexual harassment or misconduct in the University. She assured them of the Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee’s confidentiality and respect. She also cautioned the employees against perpetuating any act(s) of sexual misconduct whilst serving the University.

In his presentation on Understanding the Vision and Mission of the University of Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, Acting Registrar and College Secretary, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, narrated briefly, the history of higher education in Ghana and the foundations of the University’s administration. He similarly explained the core values, vision and mission of the University as well as the role of all categories of staff in the attainment of UG’s vision.

Other topics covered included Retirement Planning, Living the UG Brand through Enhanced Customer Service, An Overview of the Human Resource and Organisational Development Directorate and its Function, Salary and Emoluments Administration among others.

The other resource persons were Dr. Robert Akuamoah-Boateng, Former Head, Department of Psychology; Dr. Raphael Odoom, Lecturer, University of Ghana Business School; Mr. D. O. Baidoo, Director, HRODD; Mr. Kwame Osei-Yeboah, Senior Accountant, Finance Directorate and Mr. Francis Fiayiya, Manager, University of Ghana Cooperative Credit Union.

Leadership of the University’s Labour Unions also made presentations to participants to encourage them to join and take active interests in the activities of these associations.

At the end of the three-day workshop, the new appointees expressed a high level of satisfaction and congratulated HRODD on a well-organised orientation session.