The incessant organizational change and increased global competition are creating havoc at workplaces as the struggle to compete for talent, innovate and provide exceptional service quality intensifies. Thus, there is a growing demand for new skills and continuous learning, accelerated work pace and other such challenges.
The onus is on the supervisor or manager to create and maintain a work place and team that functions effectively and efficiently.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is committed to providing quality training that prepares managers to perform more competently and professionally.
The Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) participated in a two-day training programme on The Fundamentals of Human Resource Management facilitated by the USP Lautoka Campus through its Continuing and Community Education (CCE).
The two-day workshop held on 24th and 25th of November, 2011 at the Campus’ Lecture Room, targeted the FSC senior and middle managers and Human Resource Officers (HROs).
In his welcome address, Campus’ Manager CCE Hasmukh Lal said USP anticipated a long-term partnership with FSC in terms of professional training.
Mr Lal said USP looked after professional development and leadership and short training through its CCE and the Campus was pleased to host training of the selected senior and middle managers of all four mills and the headquarters staff of FSC.
“This training will add the fundamental skills that are required to manage Human Resources (HR) who are the biggest asset for any organization. All the change, innovation, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness can be achieved at any organization if the Human Resources are properly looked after,” Mr Lal said.
“Our training carries workplace assessment which ensures the epistemologies acquired from the training are implemented at the workplace. It also indicates that training leads to change, innovation and staff development.”
Through the training assessment, Mr Lal said the participants have to ensure that they provide substantial or supporting evidence that they have implemented at their workplace, the content learned in the training, before being certificated. He said this was a measure the Campus would take for the future FSC trainings.
“This is a refresher course for those who are practicing HROs or a structured training for those who are non-specialist HRO but manage people, for example, the section heads of the engineering and mechanical divisions,” he said.
In his opening address, FSC’s Manager Human Resources Timoci Laqai said FSC valued training and up-skilling its staff. He said staff should be well versed with the revolving changes and need to be updated with contemporary skills.
Mr Laqai thanked the USP Lautoka Campus for facilitating this training and indicated his interest in furthering the USP – FSC partnership in the area of professional training.
The training was conducted by Rajendra Singh and co-instructed by Hasmukh Lal. It covered topics like The Interview Process; Using Behavior Description Interviewing; The Importance of Job Descriptions; Advertising for Resumes; Absenteeism; Diversity; Compensation and Benefits; and Discipline and Termination.