Human Resource Management in the Nigerian Construction Firms: Practices and Challenges

Oko John Ameh, EI Daniel

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Abstract

Improvement on human resource management is critical to overall productivity and cost effectiveness in the construction
industry. This study assesses the current human resource management practices in the Nigerian construction organisation
and the challenges confronting it. Questionnaire survey was adopted for data collection while the sampling technique was
purposive. Ninety eight human resource managers and construction professionals in two categories of construction
organisations (client organisations involved in housing development and contractor organisations) were sampled. The results
reveal that due process was followed in the recruitment process but the selections of desired candidates were often hampered
by interferences and competitive work conditions. Furthermore, training and development practices were superficial,
involving orienting newly recruited employee on facilities for optimum performance rather than developing employee job
related competences. Provision of appropriate/modern working tools and equipment and provision of incentives and benefits
to staff were the prevailing motivation and labour union practices. Challenges facing human resource management practice in the Nigerian construction industry include high labour turnover, interference at the selection stage, competitive wages and compensation issues among others. Further research is required to assess the impact of identified human resource practices on productivity and project performance.
Keywords: Challenges, Construction firms, Human resource management, Nigeria, Practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
JournalJournal of Construction Business and Management
Volume2
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Productivity
Human resource management
Human resource management practices
Interference
Nigeria
Due process
Human resources
Key words
Training and development
Labor unions
Cost-effectiveness
Construction industry
Wages
Project performance
Labour turnover
Work conditions
Human resource practices
Staff
Data collection

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