President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (January & February 2019 Issue)


New Vision, Mission and values Statements Guide Future Development


Dear Members,


First of all, I would like to wish members and family a healthy and prosperous 2019!


The start of a new year is always an opportune time for us to reflect and to look forward with anticipation to new challenges and new directions. After a strategic review completed by the Executive Council at the end of last year, we agreed to revisit and review the Institute’s Vision, Mission and Values Statements to better reflect the current directions that will guide the Institute’s future development.


The revised Vision Statement – “to be the leading professional human resource management and advisory institute” - articulates the Institute’s aspiration to expand our professional influence beyond Hong Kong into Greater China and the region. While the new Mission Statement stays true to the original one, the new Values Statement has been given a new interpretation to focus on three core values in order to keep pace with the changing business environment, namely “upholding the ethics and integrity of the HR profession; sharing an independent and balanced view on people issues; and advancing HR professionalism through sharing foresight and best practices.”


It has always been the Institute’s priority to enhance HR professionalism. We do this by regularly reviewing work directions and initiatives to ensure that our service offerings continue to address the professional needs, interests and aspirations of members. Through various communication platforms and channels, we have gathered from members that global and local trends on HR practices, training courses, and professional networking opportunities are some of their key priorities in the year ahead.


Putting members’ needs in perspective helps us formulate strategic plans to develop relevant activities and training programmes, for instance, we intend to organize more topical seminars on employment and labour issues such that members can get timely insights from subject matter experts and through sharing amongst practitioners. In addition, our young practitioners would benefit from interactions and mentorship with seasoned professionals who can share their experience and wisdom. To sustain the talent pipeline for the Institute, more networking and learning opportunities will be created for young members to get up close and personal with top-notch HR professionals.


Going forward, the Institute will endeavor to better manage resources to deliver enhanced services to our members, while balancing new initiatives and maintaining existing offering. As such, starting from this March, the Human Resources Journal will be transformed into a bi-monthly publication. We will continue to work on sharing HR best practices and insights through the development and enhancement of our electronic platforms.


One important platform for members and HR practitioners to share their insights to help advance HR professionalism is through participation in our various surveys and studies. The field work of the Training and Development Needs survey with a key focus on HR and technology will take place in February and March 2019. We encourage your active participation in the survey.


On a different subject, I’m pleased to report that preparation work for the launch of the 2019/20 HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards programme is well under way. The programme will continue to provide professional benchmarks to help the HR function strive for high standards of excellence. The Awards programme no doubt shines a spotlight on organisations and individuals that have delivered impact on business performance through outstanding people strategies and practices.


New elements and fresh ideas have been injected into the 2019/20 programme to reflect the changing HR landscape and present more opportunities to HR practitioners and organisations from Greater China to participate. For the first time, the Awards programme will accept applications in Chinese and case presentation in Putonghua or Cantonese during panel interviews to encourage greater interaction. The upcoming Awards programme will present a total of 26 awards across five categories, out of which seven new awards for the Organisational Category and HR Service Provider Category have been added to reflect evolving roles of HR. These new awards indicate the increasing importance of some over-arching HR trends such as employer branding, CSR and sustainability, family-friendly practices, innovation, and technology applications. Your support and participation is critical to the success of the 2019/20 HKIHRM HR Excellence Awards programme. I look forward to seeing you at our signature events.



Margaret Cheng
President of the HKIHRM



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