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Human Resources Event Aims To Help Guide Practitioners In Post-Pandemic Direction

"Networking in the sense that HR fraternity will be meeting each other and they will be sharing and learning the experiences that they have faced in the COVID-19 period and moving forward,” Mr Krishna said.
25 Nov 2021 10:45
Human Resources Event Aims To Help Guide Practitioners In Post-Pandemic Direction
Fiji Human Resources Institute Vice President and Chairperson of the organising committee, Ravinesh Krishna. Photo: Shreeya Verma

Human Resources fraternity needs to understand the business and they need to contribute towards the new direction the businesses are operating during the pandemic.

While elaborating on the BSP Life 2021 Fiji Human Resources Institute (FHRI) annual convention, which will be held this week, the Vice President of the FHRI and chairperson of the Organising Committee, Ravinesh Krishna said this convention would focus on ensuring the sense of networking among HR and teaching them to implement strategies on leading their organisation forward.

Mr Krishna said FHRI convention would allow workforce transformation which meant to step up and be business focused.

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“We have selected this theme (‘Work Transformation; Step Up and Be Business Focused’) because in the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the positive implementations that has happened is that businesses have started operating online and we want to enforce this transformation in all organisations and this is where the HR plays its role,” he said.

He said the conventions aimed to benefit the HR fraternity in various ways.

“Some of the benefits of the convention is networking.”

“Networking in the sense that HR fraternity will be meeting each other and they will be sharing and learning the experiences that they have faced in the COVID-19 period and moving forward,” Mr Krishna said.

 

“COVID-19 has become a normal part of life now. So we need to work with COVID, but also transform our businesses so that we can move forward.”

“HR needs to implement strategies so that we are able to train our workforce so they can take them in the right directions.”

He also said the committee was happy to bring the 2021 FHRI convention to this year despite the pandemic.

 

“We had to take a bold step in organising this event because there are so many pressing issues that the HR and the organisations have been going through during this pandemic,” he added.

“This is a great opportunity to hold this event as COVID-19 restrictions have been eased with vaccination numbers going up, where we can bring the HR fraternity together with the speakers so that we can share the learnings.”

 

 

Mental health at the Workplace
Mental health has become one of the key pillars especially in handling COVID-19.

Mr Krishan said mental health had affected many employees and had placed a lot of stress and demand on them to manage situations that are emotional related or financial related or even physical related.

“One of the sessions will discuss on mental health in the workplace.”

 

This session will advocate and provide guidance to members in terms of understanding how to deal with your employees when they go through that state of mind where they need help and support,” he said.

 

Challenges during COVID-19
Mr Krishan said the first challenge faced by HR during the pandemic was to handle situations in relations to getting a positive case in the organisation.

“HR is not experienced or used to in this environment especially an environment where it causes risk to the health system and tackling this challenge is definitely tough,” he said.

He said the second challenge was how the HR provided mental stability to the staff.

 

“Many organisations had implemented working from home during the pandemic period and some still do.”

“The roles of HR on keeping the employees engaged and keeping them mentally stable was a big task,” he said.

 

About Speakers
FHRI convention will witness about 14 local speakers as well as two overseas speakers, who will be speaking virtually.

The first day of the convention, Friday, November 26, would comprise seven sessions.

The second day comprise seven additional sessions, concluding with the FHRI annual general meeting.

 

Mr Krishan said he was thankful to BSP Life for continuously supporting FHRI.

“I am also grateful to my committee members and the HR members of our institute who have come out in numbers to take part in the convention,” he said.

He said the committee could assure that this convention would provide a lot of benefits in terms of learning and they hoped to be able to add a lot of value to the members.

 

Feedback: shreeya.verma@fijisun.com.fj



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