Many Nigerian companies have office cultures that were designed to improve productivity.

While being productive is important, it turns out that popular company cultures in the country, are dying in other parts of the world.

These include the  9-to-5 workday, the corporate hierarchy, suit and tie, cubicles and meetings.

But though they are beginning to die as a rigid construct in the country, there is still work to be done.

"According to recent statistics, 80% of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises die after 5 years. Its because of the poor office culture” declared Tonye Briggs, who heads the Sales Initiative Network.

He said this during the press conference organized by HR Expo Africa, who are planning the third edition of the  summit in 2018, with the theme ‘Leading and Managing Culture Change In Organizations’.

Because workplace culture has become one of the critical reasons for organizations to thrive and remain competitive in an ever changing business environment,  HR Expo Africa is looking at bringing Human Resource managers and various stakeholders together to discuss from multiple perspectives, on how best to shape and drive workplace culture that supports innovation, performance and organizational sustainability.

Presently some companies encourage staff to work from home, and with the non-time-specific modes of communication like email, WhatsApp and Skype, the necessity of everyone being in the same place at the same time is removed.

Even the suit and tie are being exchanged for more lax dress standards, and even though dressing will become a non-issue in the near future, wellness and professionalism will always be important.

But truly there is more to be done.

Maje Ayida a celebrity trainer, and wellness expert who will be speaking at the Expo  says “Health is wealth, when an employee’s well being mentally and physically is in top shape,  they can be more productive.”

According to the founder of the summit, Erefa Fynecountry Coker, this year's event aims to show organizations, the kind of adjustments they need to come up with innovations to improve their work culture, and manage these changes.

“The work culture is regularly changing , so we need to show them what they need to embrace to move with the times.” She said.

HRExpoAfrica, basically want to show employers the value of flexible work hours, how to achieve a better work-life balance, and  how to get the opportunity to progress in their career, and climb up the ladder.

The Expo also plans to face the government of the day- head on.

“The  Employment laws don’t protect the employees, and we will want to use the summit, as a means of advocacy to get government to look at amending these laws.” said Briggs who is part of the organizing committee, and one of the speakers for the event.

The summit will have 50 sessions,100 notable speakers from various parts of the world, and over 1000 delegates in attendance, and this year they have also included a job fair.