President’s Message

HR Journal (October 2018 Issue)


Opportunities to Meet and Learn from the Great Minds in the Profession


Dear Members,


With the year fast approaching its end, this is probably the busiest time of the year for members to prepare budget and resourcing plans for the year ahead. Similarly, here at the Institute, the pace of work is picking up in preparation for the launch of a series of signature events and initiatives scheduled to take place in the next couple of months.


First of all, the Phase 1 development of the HKIHRM new mobile site is on track, and it is expected to be in service shortly. This project is expected to continue into next year with a plan to further enhance the mobile platform to optimise user experience when they navigate and access HKIHRM’s information on activities, latest happenings, and training programmes, and at the same time better facilitate members’ engagement in profession-wide initiatives such as research and surveys.

Speaking of surveys, we are in the process of analysing the data collected from the 2018 Hong Kong Pay Level Survey, the results of which will be revealed at the full-day HKIHRM Pay Trend and Benefits Seminar set to take place on 1 November. One of the highlights of the seminar is a session on the findings of the HKIHRM’s topical study on “Future Workforce Competencies”. This seminar comes at an opportune time for HR practitioners to gain insights from leading economists, legal professionals, HR experts, as well as pay and benefits specialists on issues of most concern to the Hong Kong business community. These insights include Hong Kong’s economic outlook for 2019, latest trends on compensation and employee benefits, labour policies in Hong Kong and the neighbouring region, as well as challenges and opportunities presented for HR practitioners in view of the Greater Bay Area initiative.


Further in the pipeline is the HKIHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018 to be held on 27 and 28 November. With “Human AR: Agility x Resilience – Connecting with the Future Workforce” as the theme of this year’s Conference, around 40 local and overseas speakers will address the impact of technological disruptions on the HR function and explore future-proof HR strategies to keep organisations agile and resilient to challenges. The Hon Dr Law Chikwong, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Bureau of the HKSAR Government will grace the Conference as the Guest of Honour.


In addition to the plenary sessions, close to 20 concurrent sessions covering a wide range of people management topics will cater for the various interests and concerns of HR practitioners. HR experts, top business executives and academics will delve into the latest HR trends and practices on hot topics including organisational effectiveness, workforce planning and management, talent development, rewards management, employer branding, as well as corporate social responsibility strategies among others. Registration for the concurrent sessions is on a first-come-first-served basis. Members are advised to reserve a place for your favourite sessions at the earliest time possible. Thanks to the hard work of the Organising Committee and the project team, this year, participants can expect to see a record number of exhibitors showcasing their latest HR services and solutions compared to previous years.


In tandem with the Conference, the Institute has rolled out a talent development scheme as a new corporate social responsibility initiative to nurture and develop the young generation of future HR practitioners. Subsidised through corporate sponsorship, this scheme aims to offer impending local graduates an invaluable opportunity to experience the Conference and get inspired by thoughtprovoking people management insights and real life cases from HR experts and top business executives. I am confident this initiative will prove to be a great success for both individual students and the Institute. I look forward to your continued support for the Institute and your active participation in the upcoming events and activities.


Margaret Cheng
President of the HKIHRM


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