President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (Mar & Apr 2020 Issue)

 

Desperate Times Call for Flexible Measures

 

Dear Members,

 

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to sweep across the globe, it has changed the way Hong Kong works. To protect the city’s workforce from the looming epidemic, the government took the lead in implementing a work from home arrangement for civil servants after the Chinese New Year, with the private sector swiftly following suit. Besides working from home, the HKIHRM has moved some of our classes and seminars to the virtual world for members to keep learning while staying safe.

 

For employees to feel supported in the fight against the outbreak and at a time when the unemployment rate is estimated to reach the 4 to 5% level in the near future, HR practitioners need to empathise that its impact on staff varies and design policies to meet their different needs. Be flexible about readjusting KPIs by taking into consideration the potential impact of the outbreak, to help maintain staff performance and morale.

 

To help our members put their best foot forward in the face of the outbreak, the Institute organised webcasts about measures such as employee-centric and effective measures, business preservation and retrenchment, and mental wellness to cope with COVID-19. We have put in place a useful resources corner on our website to help members stay on top of the latest relevant information. Be sure to check out our most recent Pulse Check on HR measures against the coronavirus outbreak, to glean insights on getting to grips with the outbreak.

 

We welcome the HR-relevant policies unveiled in the Budget 2020-2021 to help organisations and their employees brace for the challenges presented by the outbreak. These include the provision of an additional annual funding to boost the Labour Department’s employment programmes to encourage employers to hire the elderly, youths and people with disabilities.

 

It is uplifting to see the government adopting a multifarious approach to nurturing talent for the diversified growth of our city, with new policies benefiting emerging sectors, from innovation and technology to arts administration. The government will also provide training, internship schemes, and subsidies for youths to hone their strengths.

 

February also marked the final round of interviews for the HR Excellence Awards 2019/20. To ensure the safety of participants in the midst of the outbreak, some of the interviews were conducted online. The presentation ceremony is scheduled for 12 June when the achievements of the winners and the nominees will be honoured. The Training & Development Needs Seminar will now be held on 21 August – don’t forget to mark the dates on your calendar, and we look forward to seeing all the familiar faces at our flagship events.

 

Barry Ip
Vice President of HKIHRM


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