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Human Resources Vital: Batiweti

Human  Resources Vital: Batiweti
Fijian Human Resources Institute operations manager Sonam Krishneil, FHRI President Kameli Batiweti, member of executive committee Louisa Tuimabualau.
May 20
14:00 2017

The recognition for human resources officers is lacking in Fiji.

This was shared by Fiji Human Resources Institute president Kameli Batiweti.

“A lot of organisations do not give recognition to human resource officers. They think human resources is just another transactional department that spends money on trading and development.

“But in reality, HR is more than that. HR is strategic and it is unless and until businesses treat them as strategic business partners, those organisations will lag behind in terms of development and moving the organisations to greater heights,” Mr Batiweti said.

In remedying this, the FHRI will, for the first time, host the FHRI awards night separately from the FHRI annual conference.

The awards night is scheduled to take place at the Holiday Inn, Suva May 27.

The conference will be held on the October 27-28 at the Sofitel Resort &Spa.

“In the past, we have always had the awards on the same night as the conference. The only problem with that happening is that just before the awards night and the last night of the conference,  we have a cocktail and so when people have a couple of beers, they are not themselves.

“So it affects the way we do the awards. So the recognition is not done appropriately. So now, by doing it separately, we are now appropriately recognising the people that are nominated. So everyone is a winner that night,” Mr Batiweti said.

Twenty five applications were received from all four divisions in the country for the senior practitioner, junior practitioner and Organisational awards, he said.

“The awards will give the nominated practitioners recognition to progress in the businesses they work in.

“In a company with 200 people, the chairman is only one. It is the 199 people that makes the business turn. So how do you mange that 199 people? It is the HR, they provide strategies for other Heads of Departments and Managers to use to be able to successfully grow the business,” said Mr Batiweti.

Within four months since the FHRI operations manager Sonam Krshneil had taken the role, Mr Batiweti said there were one or two people each day joining the institute as a member.

FHRI was established in 2005 by its former president Balbir Singh, Imo Sago and Yogesh Karan.

“It was these three gentlemen who were instrumental in starting the FHRI in 2005,” Mr Batiweti said.

Tickets can be purchased at the FHRI office in Suva for $150 per ticket; $1500 for 10 people and $1350 for a whole table.

EDITED BY: IVAMERE NATARO

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