President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (March & April 2019 Issue)

 

Professional Membership Opens Doors to Opportunities

 

Dear Members,

 

In November last year, I represented the Institute by attending a think tank forum organised by CIPD and the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) in Singapore, with the objective to share and exchange views with professional HR organisations from APAC economies, namely Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, in response to the CIPD’s latest survey findings on career aspirations and professional practices of HR practitioners in the region.

 

Whilethe CIPD’s study - The People Profession in 2018 Asia-Pacific reveals a rather surprising finding that HR professionals in Hong Kong have the lowest participation in L&D of the APAC economies surveyed, the study indicates positive links between the membership of an HR professional body and career success for HR practitioners. According to the study, HR professionals who maintain a membership with a professional body are more likely than non-members to have more promotion opportunities, a higher level of work meaningfulness, a stronger motivation to take professional development actions and act on their own learning and development plans.

 

Tthe HKIHRM has been committed to addressing the professional needs of members, and supporting their professional development in early, mid-career and senior positions, and particularly our up-and-coming generation of HR professionals and HR students. A strategic review has resulted in streamlined application procedures for Professional and Fellow memberships, in order to align with the current professional trends and practices. Nevertheless, the HKIHRM membership criteria will not be compromised and will remain unchanged to uphold the high professional standards required for our members.


Another insight from the CIPD’s report reveals that intrinsic components that can measure the career success of HR practitioners include job satisfaction, meaningfulness of work, and happiness in work. In fact, these components are not only applicable to the HR sector, but also to all employees when it comes to staff engagement. Various staff engagement and employee job satisfaction studies have indicated that Hong Kong employees’ job satisfaction rating is among the lowest in the world and the Asia Pacific region. Many studies have shown that increasing dissatisfaction in the workplace will dampen the spirit of employees and employers alike, and will fundamentally affect staff productivity and motivation. Benchmarking employee satisfaction levels against market norms is essential to helping organisations develop strategies that can result in an engaged and motivated workforce while retaining top talent.

 

Our research service Employee Experience Survey aimed at helping organisations perform a health check of the satisfaction level of employees and understand their perception of work and the workplace identifies gaps between expectations and perceived performance and areas for improvement.

 

Employee engagement is definitely one of the key areas that the HR function focuses on to align people strategies to achieve organisational success. It is also an area that the 2019/20 HKIHRM Excellence Awards shines a spotlight on amongst its 26 awards. Mr Andy Luk, Chairperson of the 2019/20 HKIHRM Excellence Awards, will share with members how the Awards programme has evolved to keep up with the current HR trends and people management practices, as well as its significance to the HR profession and the business community. With the award application exercise well under way until early July this year, we will help prospective applicants better understand the nature of each award and application details by hosting a sharing session in early April. Your support and participation will certainly help make this year’s Awards programme another great success.

 

Lawrence Hung
Vice President
Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management


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