NWR managers sign performance agreements

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has signed performance agreements with its senior managers this week in Windhoek.
Prior to the start of the current NWR financial year, which runs from 1 November 2016 until 31 October 2017, senior management underwent training at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), aimed at sensitising them on the importance of performance agreements and the role they play in helping organisations to achieve their goals.
According to Mufaro Nesongano, the NWR Public Relations Officer, the introduction of the agreements brought about a renewed sense of excitement, as setting targets have become the order of the day.
“Senior managers have also begun rolling out the agreements within their respective departments, with the aim of creating cohesion in terms of what is required of them and their subordinates,” he said.
Mufaro said it was pleasing to note that many milestones had already been achieved during the tenure of current Managing Director, Zelna Hengari.
He added that after the new NWR board was appointed in March last year, it was strongly believed that performance agreements should be introduced, to align what the board expected from Hengari and her staff.
One of the challenges that most organisations face when introducing performance agreements is the buy-in from staff members.  Many times such agreements are seen as a punitive measure that management introduces to get rid of them. 
However, Hengari said that “the agreements should be viewed as a tool that encourages performance within the organisation”.
“I am urging those that are yet to sign theirs to see the positive in this exercise, as it can only serve to benefit us all in the long-run. I am already encouraged by the fact that those that have signed them are showing reassuring results within their respective departments,” she added.