HUMAN resources is no longer about being just a strategic partner, but one must become a strategic “positioner” within the organisation. This was the message Maslow Trainers and Consultants chief executive officer Datuk Dr Siraj Khan hopes human resource (HR) practitioners will take to heart in the face of a changing global business culture.
“A decade ago, we would hear that HR was looked upon as the strategic partner of a business. They had to understand the company’s business model and its processes and work together with the organisation’s goals.
“But now there has been a shift towards becoming a strategic positioner. From a HR perspective, this means that practitioners need to understand the entire global environment and how to create a culture for the organisation,” he said when addressing the delegates of the Human Capital Best Practices Conference (HCBP 16).
He added that this year’s conference theme, “Human Capital as a Value Creator: Where Talent Connects with Value”, was hoped to stress the need for a change of mindset among human capital professionals.
Siraj said they needed to make the critical leap from being merely a part of the organisation’s business support function to becoming a strategic business leader.
“HR must also build up leadership, culture capability and talent. This is one aspect where HR can create value and they can do this through people.
“The business process can be good, the customer’s demand is there, the expectation is there, the supply chain is there, but if the people just do not engage into the value, then that is not productive.
“They have to keep abreast of the global world, its demands and expectations in order to formulate the strategies within the company so that people can be fully engaged,” he added.
Meanwhile, Maslow executive director Dr Reza Abraham spoke on how HR could boost productivity.
To better impart his message, he presented several case studies to the delegates.
“What we are trying to emphasise in HCBP is to be very practical in their presentation. Hopefully, each participant can pick up at least five points from each speaker to bring back to their organisation,” he said.
Reza, who was also the organising chairman, said they attempted to discuss “hot” topics pertinent to the industry each year.
“Last year, we talked about employee engagement and this year we looked at how human capital could become a value creator for organisation,” he said.
About 186 participants from several companies attended the one-day conference.
The speakers included AIA talent and organisational development head Shu Tze Tan and Proton Holdings Bhd Group human capital, administration and property director Amran Mohd Tomin.
Shu spoke on the importance of human capital in increasing productivity and creating value with the materials at hand, while Amran touched on strategic initiatives towards a high-performance culture.
He reiterated that human capital was a company’s asset and it was important to unlock this asset and put them in the right place.
HCBP 16 was organised by Maslow Trainers & Consultants and supported by the Human Resources Ministry. It was sponsored by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, EMS Language Centre, Integrio Corp, Bestinet Sdn Bhd, Universiti Malaysia, International University of Malaya-Wales and Inti International College Kuala Lumpur with the Star Media Group Bhd as the official media partner.
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