Productivity and Partnerships Beyond COVID-19: FHRI

FHRI President Kameli Batiweti while delivering his keynote address gave Nelson Mandela as an exemplary of a great leader as his belief system was strengthened while he was incarcerated.
28 Nov 2020 15:41
Productivity and Partnerships Beyond COVID-19: FHRI
Human Resources practitioners from left: Fiji Human Resources Institute president Kameli Batiweti, Rosie Fong (HFC), Ann Steele (Digicel) and Viliame Waqalaivi (ANZ) on Novemebr 27, 2020. Photo:Ronald Kumar

A convention by the Fiji Human Resources In­stitute (FHRI) was or­ganised to assist companies’ administration in the pro­ductivity and partnerships beyond COVID-19 pandemic.

FHRI President Kameli Batiweti while delivering his keynote address gave Nelson Mandela as an exemplary of a great leader as his belief system was strengthened while he was incarcerated.

The speakers during the convention were Mr Bati­weti, BSP Life Managing Director Michael Nacola, outgoing Fiji National Provi­dent Fund CEO Jaoji Koroi, HR consultant Ann Steele, President of the Fiji Psycho­logical Society, Dr Roland Schlutz, Devanesh Sharma of R Patel Lawyers and FHRI vice president Ravinesh Krishna.

Mr Nacola highlighted:

Mr Nacola presented on “Linking Risks to productiv­ity – An Insurance perspec­tive, Are you covered?”

Mr Nacola emphasised on stepping up and champion­ing this course.

Mr Nacola highlighted how to manage businesses as you go through the effects of COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the core of every country and a lot of board­room battles are won and lost.

BSP Life has noticed the relation of physical wellness and financial wellness.

When companies are con­cerned about the health sta­tus of their employees, good health will make good pro­duction while unhealthy life­styles would incur loss.

Companies need to prepare for financial shocks and well­ness advocates by:

Inviting speakers/ experts to discuss mental health, women and men’s health issues

Oceania hospital does ses­sions on detecting and managing chronic ailments

Staff wellness pro­grammes- diet and exercise

Daily staff motivational messages

Work with from experts on savings, financial plan­ning

partner with those who can assist you to mitigate risks that affect your pro­ductivity.

Health and financial risk management experts.

Mr Koroi highlighted:

Mr Koroi presented on Ear­ly access to your super- Be­ware old scams and schemes.

In the opening his key­note address gave an exam­ple of 84-year-old, Mr Qi­olevu living on his pension for the past 23 years from his Norweign Fund.

The world is changing again and a lot of informal sec­tors are not covered and their lifestyle and their ex­pectation income are also changing and the whole national systems need to change to that.

FNPF is an intergenera­tional fund with over three generations of members, pensioners, workers and children so it’s a long term fund.

Members are withdrawing most of their funds during their working life as in the last five years, $1.96 billion has been withdrawn from different types of withdraw­als.

There are 447,000 members, 39 per cent are females while 61 per cent are males, there are more active females in the voluntary membership.

However, the Fund is opti­mistic to earn the income again from the tourism in­dustry. Due to the reduction in the contribution rates, contribution received has reduced from $651m last year to $591m this year.

There is still a positive net contribution.

2021 will have the full im­pact of the 12 months.

Dr Schlutz highlighted:

President of the Fiji Psy­chological Society, Dr Schlutz said the brain was the most remarkable organ that humans possess, as it processes a lot of information.

He presented on the topic mind over matter.

“Disruptions to one’s normal social routines, heightened uncer­tainty as to what will happen next. severe economic hard­ship.”

Dr Schlutz said stress af­fects the way we think and affects the body.

“Different individuals re­spond to stress very differ­ently and that one size does not fit all. A way forward is to be constructive and opti­mistic.”

Mr Sharma highlighted:

Mr Sharma presented on the effect of legal, safety and regulatory requirements on the HR Process.

Employers must include terminating employment and the processes involved in the HR package and edu­cate their workers about it.

Employers when terminat­ing workers need a certifi­cate of service and to give them dignity and not treat them like criminals.

The Convention ended with the registration of the an­nual general meeting.

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