President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (Third Quarter 2020)

 

Navigating the New Normal through Concerted Efforts

 

Dear Members,

 

The past 12 months marked my second term as President of the HKIHRM. My heartfelt gratitude goes to our members for your support of the Institute in a year of unprecedented challenges.

Casting a retrospective look over the past year, the Institute has proactively adapted to the changing macro environment. Various topical seminars were organised for HR professionals to cope with industry needs arising from ongoing social activities. The Institute has revisited its scope of work and new programmes for members to stay ahead of the curve. In terms of corporate governance, a new set of Terms of Reference for committees was drafted and new committee members were briefed on their responsibilities.

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic since the start of 2020, Hong Kong's GDP contracted by 8.9% in Q1, its worst quarterly decline on record. To relieve employers’ financial burden and to help retain employees, the Hong Kong SAR Government launched the Employment Support Scheme (ESS). We are privileged to have Dr the Honourable Law Chi-kwong, GBS, JP, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare Bureau, chairing a webcast about the ESS at the HKIHRM in May. Members shall stay tuned for the application details of the second tranche of subsidies, which will be disbursed in September. If you would like to take a quick look at the ESS, an infographic summary is available on our website.

In view of the current challenges posed to HR practitioners, an HR Pulse Check on cost containment measures in the COVID-19 outbreak was conducted in May, with an article on its findings published in this issue. An HR Pulse Check on the ESS was also conducted in July. On the advocacy front, we provided the Minimum Wage Commission with a submission on the review of the Statutory Minimum Wage rate in June, recommending a more flexible approach and adjustment period. In the same month, we attended the Consultation Briefing on legislative amendments for the implementation of the eMPF Platform.

Looking ahead to the second half of 2020, the Pay Trend and Benefits Seminar and the Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held on 29 October and 24 & 25 November respectively. We are pleased to announce “Thriving in the New Normal – People . Culture . Mentality” as the timely theme of this year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition.

As we usher in a new panel of the Executive Council for the term 2020-2021, the Institute would like to acknowledge Ms Janet Man for her great service and contribution in the past years and wish her all the best upon her “retirement” from the Executive Council. We welcome Ms Kris Lui as a new member of the Executive Council and look forward to working with her on advancing the goals and aspirations of the Institute.

Last but not least, my sincere thanks go to all Executive Council members for re-electing me as President of the HKIHRM. In my third term, I will continue to work hand in hand with Executive Council members, committees, and advisory groups, with support from the Secretariat. Through concerted efforts, I am confident that the Institute, and the HR professionals, will be able to navigate the new normal.

 

Margaret Cheng 
President of the HKIHRM


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