Hu­man Re­source prac­ti­tion­ers can in­flu­ence change in fu­ture: Pillai

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Human Resources Institute Convention - LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA

The hu­man re­source prac­ti­tion­ers have an op­por­tu­nity to in­flu­ence change in the Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment era. These were the words of en­cour­age­ment from na­tional man­ager Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Aus­tralian Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute An­gelina Pillai yeste­day. She was speak­ing at the BSP Fiji Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute Na­tional Con­ven­tion at the Warwick Fiji. She said although the fu­ture is uncer­tain with things like tech­nol­ogy, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and au­to­ma­tion im­pact­ing the way the work­force is be­ing man­aged the mes­sage is clear. “Hu­man Re­source Man­agers or Hu­man Re­source Prac­ti­tion­ers have an op­por­tu­nity to be able to in­flu­ence that change,” she said.

“Hu­man Re­source needs to take the nec­es­sary steps to en­gage the peo­ple em­ployed in the busi­ness with own­ing its mis­sion and mak­ing a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the en­ter­prise.” Ms Pillai said the task for HR to­day and in the fu­ture is to op­er­ate as a busi­ness part­ner to work that out and to con­trib­ute to­wards mak­ing it hap­pen. Speak­ing on the theme: “Fu­ture of Work and the Hu­man Cap­i­tal”, she said this is not an easy task in a busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment that is in­creas­ingly global and liti­gious.

“This poses chal­lenges for work­force de­sign­ers, for tal­ent strate­gists, for cul­ture and change lead­ers, for risk min­imis­ers and for re­mu­ner­a­tion plan­ners.”

At the end of the day, Ms Pillai said re­gard­less of how much tech­nol­ogy takes over, it is the hu­man el­e­ment that is the im­por­tant thing in the busi­ness.

“There is al­ways a per­son be­hind the mech­a­nism, al­go­rithms of the ma­chines,” she added

Chal­lenges for HR

She said some chal­lenges faced by HR in­clude, firstly, where will de­mand for re-train­ing, re-skilling and up-skilling come from. “And se­condly, what are the likely tim­ing struc­tural changes, mov­ing from in­ven­tion to em­bed­ding.

“While these are big chal­lenges, these are things that skilled HR prac­ti­tion­ers should be able to do well, and will be of great value to their or­gan­i­sa­tions if they do, “she said.

It need not be scary in tech­nol­ogy era

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Pillai, hu­man re­source needs to con­trib­ute to work­place cul­tures that an­tic­i­pate an un­pre­dictable fu­ture “In terms of the fu­ture of work, if we as hu­man be­ings are ca­pa­ble of learn­ing, we may see a work­force in which eth­i­cal prac­tice is not some­thing that comes from a com­pul­sion to be sim­ply com­pli­ant within the law. “Also Gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies will see it in their in­ter­ests to do things that are right be­cause they are right.”

Photo: LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

From left: Fiji Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute (FHRI) pres­i­dent Bal­beer Singh, gen­eral man­ager Distri­bu­tions and Mar­ket­ing BSP Life Michael Na­cola, na­tional man­ager Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment Aus­tralian Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute An­gelina Pillai, se­nior part­ner-Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers (PwC) Jenny Seeto, FHRI vice pres­i­dent Kameli Bati­weti and chair­man of the Pa­cific Is­lands Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion (PIPSO) Howard Poli­tini at BSP Fiji Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute Na­tional Con­ven­tion at the Warwick Fiji yes­ter­day.

Photo: VILIMONI VAGANALAU

Par­tic­i­pants with Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Jone Usa­mate (cen­ter) at the BSP Fiji Hu­man Re­sources In­sti­tute Na­tional Con­ven­tion at the Warwick Fiji on Fri­day.

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