President / Vice President’s Message

HR Journal (Jul & Aug 2019 Issue)


Advancing Professionalism with Shared Commitment


Dear Members,


It has been a year since I took office as President of the Institute. I am very grateful for the steadfast support members have lent to the work of the Institute over the past 12 months.

As an organisation that embraces a culture of change, the Institute attaches great importance to continually improving its services and programmes to ensure their relevance to the current and future needs of the HR profession. Last year, the Executive Council reviewed the direction and scope of work of the Institute and fine-tuned our Vision, Mission and Value Statements to align with the latest developments in the HR profession. Guided by the revised VMV, our work has become more focused on related fronts, including increasing the value and influence of the profession and advancing HR professionalism in Hong Kong and further afield.

I am pleased that the efforts made by the Institute towards these goals were endorsed by members at our 26th Annual General Meeting held in June. Upon the formation of a new Executive Council for the term 2019-2020, the Institute would like to extend its appreciation to Messrs Chak Shui-hang and Francis Wong, upon their retirement from the Executive Council, for their distinguished service over the years.

To ensure good corporate governance, the Executive Council is revisiting the respective memberships of the committees under the auspices of the Institute. Among other things, this exercise aims at encouraging our committees to draw new blood as well as wider expertise from different segments of the HR profession. By doing so, the committees can bolster their capabilities when steering the initiatives and projects under their respective purview.

Take our Annual Conference and Exhibition as an example. In the capable hands of its Organising Committee, new elements have been injected into the format and content of this flagship event of the Institute, to make it a more effective and user-friendly platform for the HR community to deliberate on hot topics relevant to our profession.

As in the past, this year’s Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on 26-27 November, will invite renowned experts and business leaders from different sectors to discuss various pressing issues faced by the HR profession. Conference participants can surely benefit from the insights and takeaway points to be shared by the speakers at the forums, concurrent sessions and symposiums. The Cover Story you are going to read details the conference theme, new features and other key aspects of the event captured from an interview with the co-chairpersons of the 2019 Annual Conference Organising Committee.

The Training and Development Needs Seminar, another signature event of the Institute, was successfully concluded in June with an encouraging turn-out, with those present on the day benefiting from an exclusive preview of the key results of HKIHRM’s 2018 Training and Development Needs Survey. With interesting findings depicting the emerging learning and development trends across different industries and staff levels, the survey attracted wide coverage in the media.

Apart from the above survey, the Institute conducts research and polls on other pertinent subjects to provide up-to-date data which the HR profession can readily use to make informed decisions on people management strategies in today’s fast-changing business environment. One such initiative is our Half-yearly Survey on Manpower Statistics, which collects company data on staff turnover, job vacancy, staff absence and hiring intention on a bi-annual basis. Members are encouraged to participate in the latest round of this Manpower Statistics Survey, where respondents can complete an online questionnaire. As a token of appreciation, we will present a free survey report to every respondent.

As a final note, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all members of the Executive Council for re-electing me as President of HKIHRM. In my second term, I will continue to work closely with members of the Executive Council, committees, and advisory groups, with the assistance of the Secretariat. Through our concerted efforts and shared commitment, the Institute will strive to advance HR professionalism.

Margaret Cheng
President of HKIHRM

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