By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
The management of Diamond Bank has justified its decision for sacking 200 of its members of staff last Friday.
Â In a statement issued on Wednesday obtained by BLACKFACE, the bank stated that move was in line with its strategic plan to drive shareholdersâ€™ value.
The statement read, â€œDiamond Bank recently rightsized its workforce. The rightsizing was a core strategic exercise in line with the bankâ€™s growth objective and the will to continue the drive to optimise cost and enhance value for the shareholders at the end of the business year.
â€œIn the bankâ€™s last appraisal, only 200 staff whose performance scorecards were adjudged to be lower than the minimum required to drive its strategic growth plan for the business year were relieved, with the opportunity to seek employment in other organisations where their respective skills set and individual performances could be enhanced and optimised.
Â â€œThe yearly appraisal is a general industry standard and enables banks to prune their workforce and prudently allocate resources for optimum result. Diamond Bank is not an exception in the industry and therefore, had carried out its annual appraisal and found the performance of members of staff that were relieved to be below the required minimum performance level that would sustain them in the system. With its trim-and-fit workforce, the bank is sure to meet its target for the current business year