Mu­denda slams ‘re­dun­dant’ com­pany ex­ec­u­tives

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Leonard Ncube

BOARDS of direc­tors and hu­man re­source man­agers should con­trib­ute value to com­pa­nies by com­ing up with so­lu­tions that speak to prob­lems af­fect­ing the econ­omy and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, the Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda, has said.

Speak­ing at the 2016 In­sti­tute of Peo­ple Man­age­ment of Zim­babwe (IPMZ) con­fer­ence that ended here on Satur­day, Adv Mu­denda said some com­pany direc­tors and hu­man re­source man­agers were “re­dun­dant” as ev­i­denced by their fail­ure to em­brace in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity that could take com­pa­nies for­ward.

“Hu­man re­sources man­agers must ex­er­cise in­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity, which must cas­cade to all lev­els of in­dus­try. Boards of direc­tors must also prove they are a hu­man re­source and con­trib­ute to­wards the in­dus­try’s vi­sion and mis­sion through clear and un­am­bigu­ous pol­icy di­rec­tion,” said Adv Mu­denda.

He said it was sad that in most cases boards craft mis­sions and vi­sions but they don’t cas­cade to the hu­man re­sources.

As a re­sult, the mis­sion, vi­sion and core val­ues re­main a mere dec­o­ra­tion on the wall.

The Speaker of Par­lia­ment, who was the guest of hon­our, chal­lenged hu­man re­sources prac­ti­tion­ers to be open to cre­ativ­ity, trans­form and cre­ate an un­con­tested mar­ket space for com­pa­nies through com­pet­i­tive mar­ket ad­van­tage.

“When you walk around, peo­ple should see in you a creation of new ideas in the fac­tory. One of the abil­i­ties we Zim­bab­weans have is to pro­duce copies of doc­u­ments which we don’t im­ple­ment and as hu­man re­sources of­fi­cers you should be part of the im­ple­men­ta­tion process,” he said.

Adv Mu­denda also stressed the im­por­tance of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) us­age in com­pa­nies as a trans­for­ma­tion agent to busi­ness ef­fi­ciency.

“What I’m en­cour­ag­ing is that as hu­man re­sources man­agers you should be in­volved in eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties and em­brace ICT as well.

“Some say where will the money come from? Money is there any­where pro­vided you have mar­ketable ideas. The chal­lenge with Zim­bab­wean in­dus­try is that those who started busi­nesses are hold­ing onto them and co­cooned with­out al­low­ing joint ven­tures with out­siders hence the busi­nesses fail,” added Adv Mu­denda.

Mean­while, IPMZ pres­i­dent Dr Ushe Mad­ume be­moaned the de­cline in mem­ber­ship, which he at­trib­uted to the eco­nomic chal­lenges.

“The con­ven­tion was a suc­cess in terms of at­ten­dance as it at­tracted big num­bers since 2009. It was a suc­cess as well in terms of pre­sen­ta­tions as the speak­ers were con­ver­sant with what we asked them to present,” said Dr Mad­ume.

“We are a mem­ber driven or­gan­i­sa­tion and our big­gest chal­lenge at the mo­ment is mem­ber­ship, which has been go­ing down as most mem­bers can’t af­ford to pay sub­scrip­tions. In 2015 we had 1, 900 and the num­ber has gone down by 300 as we now have 1,600 paid up mem­bers.

“We are, how­ever, tar­get­ing to end the year with 2,500 mem­bers as we are try­ing to build a base through a num­ber of strate­gies, this con­ven­tion be­ing one of them be­cause this is what in­spires peo­ple”.

Mem­bers pay $120 sub­scrip­tion per in­di­vid­ual an­nu­ally.

Dr Mad­ume said IPMZ con­trib­utes to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment through skills de­vel­op­ment to grow a labour base needed in Zim-As­set.

“From here our next step is to see what change we can bring for our com­pa­nies and na­tion. There was talk about in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity and use of ICT among other few is­sues raised and we ex­pect all HR prac­ti­tion­ers to go back and be con­tribut­ing mem­bers to their or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said.

The con­fer­ence was at­tended by 250 mem­bers and ran un­der the theme:

“Ig­nit­ing HR in the chang­ing En­vi­rons-Evolve, Trans­form, Add Value.”

Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda

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