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Lack of HR skills

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

MANY companies and organisations in Fiji lack human resources management skills that need more training.

This was revealed by the Fiji Human Resources Institute president Balbeer Singh in an interview with The Fiji Times.

He said the success of an organisation totally depended on the credibility of its human resources department.

"We normally have activities with presentations throughout the year in a talanoa session where we look at issues and solve them and promote networking of HR people," Mr Singh said.

The institute has become affiliated with the Australian Human Resources Institute and members can automatically become a member and by paying a much less fee.

The institute is also working on developing a pure diploma in HR in Fiji from Australia.

"It's an online program and is very easy. It has eight modules that are related to HR."

He said they were working with the Australian Human Resources Institute on the program that was internationally recognised.

"Human Resources in Fiji need a lot of development. This is why we are having a one-day seminar this year," Mr Singh said.

With more HR personnel attending this seminar, he said this would be another way to uplift the professionalism of this profession.

"We want everybody in the organisation to understand how important human resources is and at the same time comply with the laws to make sure they don't have issues in the organisation," he said.

At the moment, he said many organisations had issues with the Employment Regulation Promulgation where they did not comply, made the wrong decisions and ended up in mediation and tribunal.

"Those were the things we need to promote to make sure that organisations make best practices," Mr Singh said.

For the awards night, he said they would add a best HR practised organisation category to the two categories that were in place.

However, he added they had not finalised the date and the venue for the night to recognise the outstanding HR professionals in Fiji.


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