IT WAS a proud moment for Agilent Technologies vice-president and general manager Shida Ahmad as she went up on stage to receive the “HR Employer of Choice” grand award at the 12th Malaysia HR Awards 2012 ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Shida, who received the award on behalf of Agilent, said winning the award was proof that the staff was their greatest assets.
“Winning this award is a validation of our core value and it could not have come at a better time. This award is especially significant this year as we celebrate our 40th anniversary and definitely will be a driving factor for Agilent Malaysia to continue to expand and a great motivation for the team to excel even further,’’ she added.
Agilent Technologies added another feather on their cap by winning the “HR Leader of the Year Award”, an annual event organised by the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM).
“We are ecstatic in winning this prestigious award as it will allow us to increase our value activities here and show the world our capabilities,’’ said Shida.
While Agilent Technologies walked away with the Employer of Choice Grand Award, another Penang-based company — Vitrox Technologies Sdn Bhd, made it a double joy that night by winning the SME Best Employer Award.
“As a small company, it was difficult to get a good talent pool. Winning a MIHRM is important to us and timely as it would allow us to brand our company and attract more talent to join our workforce,’’ said the recipient.
The recognitions are presented in grand, gold, silver and bronze in four main categories — Employer of Choice Award, HR Leader of the Year Award, SME Best Employer Award and MSC Malaysia HR Innovation Award and presented in two broad categories — organisational and individual and giving tribute to the best of the best.
According to MIHRM president J. Aresandiran, the objective of the award is to encourage the recognition of HR and the application of HR strategy and management in the achievement of business KPIs.
“The main focus of the award in its entirety is to encourage the recognition of HR both as a resource and asset to achieve growth. We are looking at transforming the HR practices in Malaysian organisations in attaining a global standard within the field,’’ added Aresandiran.
He pointed out that the strong response from a large number of organisations for the MIHRM HR Awards shows how significant it is to the community as there are no parallel events promoting such awards.
“We are proud that the awards have helped to set a bench mark for the industries to promote human resource transformation,’’ he said.
This year, a total of 30 top organisations have been nominated for one or more of the HR related categories and among them was Star RFM Sdn Bhd which was presented with one of the nine bronze awards in the “Employer of Choice Award” category.
Aresandiran said the selection criteria vary from one category to another and MIHRM has taken considerable effort to make the process very transparent, by inviting many organisational leaders to participate in the selection pro-cess which is decided over three stages.
The first stage consists of 10 members selected from the MIHRM Council, HR practitioners from the industry and academicians; the second stage comprising eight members from the senior “Fellowship of MIHRM” senior representatives from past winners and invited senior managers of organisations and the final stage comprising eight members of selected CEOs of organisations from past winners and invited CEOs.
“We come to a collective decision on the winners and the HR Award Committee will notify the recipients only before the event function,’’ added Aresandiran.
The winners received trophies and certificates and have the opportunity to use the awards logo in all their communications and business activities for one year to attract talent and be recognised for their HR achievements.