Conference discusses future of human resource management
Oman Society for Human Resource Management (OSHRM) on Tuesday opened its fourth annual conference under the patronage of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asad al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Communications at The Research Council.
The three-day event is being held at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
This year’s conference, being held under the theme ‘Tomorrow is now. Are we there yet?’, will provide a platform to engage and inspire the HR community in Oman and in the region. The conference, with more than 400 regional and international participants, has a number of discussions and deliberations on the ever-evolving and challenging human resource landscape.
Dr Ghalib Saif al Hosni, OSHRM president, said, “It is my pleasure to be here with you today at the opening ceremony of the fourth annual conference of the Oman Society for Human Resource Management under the theme, ‘Tomorrow is now. Are we there yet?’ The conference comes as a continuation of the big successes of the previous conferences. Since its official commencement in May 2014, OSHRM has continued working hard and contributing to the development of the human re- source sector in the sultanate.
“This is inspired by the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said who emphasises on giving the human resource in the country the utmost attention and working on its development and equipping it with the skills and knowledge required by the labour market.
“OSHRM conferences were privileged to host a large number of local and international specialists and experts with much expe- rience in the arena of human resource management. These conferences constitute an ideal platform for exchanging expertise and knowledge and for discussing fundamental issues.”
He added, “Workplaces have made incredible strides in the past few years and will continue to make progress. This conference give us a platform to discuss where human resource is heading and the lessons we have learned and we are still learning.”
The conference is looking at how automation, technology, transparency, regulation, strategy and world economy are affecting human resources management, said Dr Hosni.
“In the future some professions such as journalism, accountancy and legal profession can be replaced by electronic systems. Today there are factories in Japan that do not employ any human beings. The direction of future is automation.”
The OSHRM annual conference began under the patronage of H H Sayyid Taimur bin Asad al Said (left). Dignitaries and participants in the conference (right)
Dr Ghalib Saif al Hosni