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People management skills – a must for every Manager; HRP invites both HR and non-HR professionals to one platform

HR now has the same status and recognition of any other function of a company and is represented at the board level in many organisations in Sri Lanka. The CEOs have identified and valued the contribution of HR as a driving force of their business. The importance of Human Resources Management to reap the benefits of efficiency, productivity and thereby to increase the profitability is highlighted in many forums and management books by professionals and authors. Every manager is a HR Manager in today's context. Any line manager has to manage people on day-to-day basis, motivate & engage them, provide necessary training and guidance to achieve the desired operational performance. A Manager is responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work and taking apt corrective action when necessary.

The Association of Human Resources Professionals (HRP) too has recognised the importance of People Management at all levels across the company and the Membership of HRP is now open to non-HR Professionals as Affiliate Members.

Some of the benefits that are on offer for our members.

  • HRP serves as a source of information for members to help resolve their HR related problems and issues.
  • Members meet HR Professionals during workshops and other events organised by HRP and share their knowledge, experience and exchange ideas.
  • Members have the priviledge to use the Membership Category title after the name such as the MHRP, AHRP, etc. The Fellow and Professional Members have voting rights and can hold any position in the Executive Committee.
  • Members of HRP can join subcommittees of HRP based on their interest and involve in regular activities. These subcommittees are Professional Development, Knowledge Sharing & Educational Programmes Committee, Membership Development Committee, Marketing Communications Committee and the CSR Committee.
  • Members can involve in HRM Awards activities or at the HRP Secretariat.
  • Career guidance counsel will benefit the Members as well as students & undergraduates who are non-HRP members. The school leavers, students and undergraduates can obtain necessary advise relating a career in HR.
  • The HRP Members are entitled to exclusive benefits/ discounts offered by partner companies in the hotels and leisure, travels, health care, education, fashion and jewellery sectors.
  • The Members can write articles/ research papers, etc and HRP will publish same in the newspapers and the web with name of the Member and photograph. Name of the Member will appear in the Membership Directory which is available on our website.

HRP is an established association dedicated to serve the Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka where they could meet, fraternize and exchange ideas. HRP was established in the year 2000 and completed 10 years in existence in 2010. The 10th year anniversary was celebrated on 25th August 2011 with a learning conference on theme "Managing the Multigenerational Workforce" which was conducted by Mr G Ravindra, CEO – SHRM India followed by a panel discussion and a gala cocktail at Waters Edge, Capital City. HRP has evolved as one of the leading professional associations within short period of 10 years.

HRP was the first to conceive the idea of the HRM Awards in 2002 and has organized the event four times since then. Taking a giant leap forward in year 2007, the Association organized 'HRM Awards 2007 – Super 10' in collaboration with AON Hewitt (formerly known as Hewitt Associates), India. AON Hewitt is the world's largest Human Resources consulting group and bring with them their vast experience and expertise, as our content partner. The biennial HRM Awards is the flagship event organized by the Association which promotes and rewards exemplary and innovative HR Best Practices in the private and public sector. All arrangements are underway for the HRM Awards 2012 to be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. Coincide with the HRM Awards, a learning conference was also organised where renowned speakers from across globe came on one stage on 18th May 2012 at Waters Edge, Capital City.

In addition, regular seminars, workshops, knowledge sharing sessions, fellowship events are organised by the Association as part of development and networking. These forums add value not only to the HR Professionals but also to Business Leaders in managing and steering the business to achieve corporate objectives. HRP works towards the betterment of the profession, the corporate world and the nation at large. The Association also promotes understanding, co-operation and friendship with Human Resources Organizations within and outside Sri Lanka. Our partnership with SHRM India and our continued relationship with Hewitt Associates, India has brought immense benefits to the Association and our members as well.

As one of the CSR activities, HRP conducts a comprehensive employability skills programme for the Science undergraduates of the University of Colombo. This is held every year and we train more than 250 undergraduate per batch.

The Vision of HRP is "To bring HR to the Forefront". The mission is "Facilitating and supporting HR Management and Development concepts and strategies in achieving business excellence while providing the opportunity for HR professionals to Network and enhance their professional capacity which enables them to raise funding for projects, manage the administrative activities and good communication with the membership". The members of HRP are Human Resources professionals of the country's largest organizations and those who have a keen interest in the field of HR. There are five membership categories namely Fellow Member, Professional Member, Associate Member, Affiliate Member and Honorary Member.

News and events of HRP are regularly updated on the website and the HRP social media. These social media include Facebook, LinkedIn and You Tube.

Those who wish to become a HRP Member should forward a duly completed Membership Application Form along with a CV and other supporting documents. The application form is available on the website and the completed form can be emailed or posted/ delivered to the HRP Office in Naranhenpita (near Oasis Hospital). Once it is ratified at the Executive Committee Meeting, a letter will be sent to the applicant notifying the enrollment.

Not only HR Professionals, HRP encourages all students and undergraduates who are following a professional or bachelor's degree in HR to join the Association. HRP provides an arena for networking and sharing of experiences and ideas to establish HRM as a dominant force in the business sector. This would no doubt add value since they want to pursue a career in HR. Moreover, it will enable them to meet HR Professionals and gain more practical and industrial knowledge together with latest trends in people management. Initially they will be enrolled as Affiliate Members and once they complete the course of study/ degree, they can apply for an upgrade to Associate Membership level.

For more information, readers can access the HRP website via www.hrp.lk. You also may contact the HRP Office on 011-5667575 or via email info@hrp.lk if you require more details relating to Membership. The HRP Office is located at 18/4, Evergreen Park Road (Off Dabare Mawatha), Narahenpita, Colombo 05 (adjoining Oasis Hospital entrance).

Thilan Perera

Secretary Association of HR Professionals

Bharti Airtel Lanka – Bronze Sponsor/Official Telecom Partner at HRM awards 2012

Colombo, Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Bharti Airtel Lanka recently announced its partnership of being the Official Bronze Sponsor of this year’s HRM Awards which is scheduled to be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo. This is the first time that Airtel Lanka has ventured into sponsorship of an awards ceremony and it is fitting that its first is the HRM Awards 2012 given Airtel Lanka’s commitment to best HR practices.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Bharti Airtel Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Suren Goonewardene, and President, Human Resources Professionals Gayathri Chakravarthy. Also standing as witnesses to the signing (in the picture from L-R) was Paduma Subasinghe – Senior Manager, Employee Engagement & Talent Development, Bharti Airtel Lanka, Anouchka Pathirana  - Head of Human Resources, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Asitha Jayatunga Vice President Association of Human Resource Professionals and Chairman HRM Awards 2012.

The HRM Awards 2012 was officially launched on the 24th January 2012 with a media conference at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.  HRP has taken the initiative to invite the Public Sector to take part in the this years’ competition thus, creating a special category introducing 3 special gold awards and 3 silver awards while the Private Sector will compete for 10 Gold and 10 Silver Awards.

HRM Awards 2012 is conducted in partnership with AON Hewitt India, the largest human resource consulting group in the world and would benchmark the Human Resource Management in Sri Lanka with internationally accepted guidelines creating value to participating institutions. The HRM Awards 2012 would select, recognize, and felicitate the best organizations that practice effective HRM methods and techniques both in the private and public sectors. Widely considered a prestigious accolade that honours the passion and commitment of organisations whose innovative thinking and strategies have broken new ground in human resource management, being ranked as one of the “HR Super 10” organizations, is considered one of the top honours in the corporate world.  HRM Awards 2012 will be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

This years’ Learning Conference is scheduled to be held on the 18th May 2012 at Waters Edge Capital City. The aim of the Learning Conference is to create a knowledge platform that enhances the perspective of key decision makers who influence the human resource of an organization. The Learning Conference also brings into focus the best practices unearthed from the awards evaluation criteria over the last few years. It also discusses topics of relevance to managing human talent in the present global and local context and will create a platform for business leaders, CEO, CFOs and Human Resource Professionals to deliberate and discuss how HR drives the bottom line creating sustainable growth for organisations under an apt theme “The Axiom Revolution”.

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 246 million customers across its operations at the end of February 2012. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com

Bharti Airtel Lanka commenced commercial operations of services in Sri Lanka on January 12, 2009, and was the fastest operator to reach 1 million customers in Sri Lanka. With its network footprint panned out across the country and capturing strategic ranking positions in various areas in less than three years of operations, Airtel has emerged as Sri Lanka’s fastest expanding network. Registered under the Board of Investment in Sri Lanka, Airtel Lanka provides digital mobile services into Sri Lanka which includes voice telephony, voice mail, data services and GSM based services.  The Company has also received accreditations such as British Standards Institution’s ISO 27001:2005 and BS 25999 -2:2007 for its continuous efforts towards information security and business continuity. To know more please visit, www.airtel.lk.

Asiri Group of Hospitals signs a MOU to provide exclusive medical services to HRP Members

 

The Asiri Group of Hospitals signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) to grant benefits & discounts to the Members of HRP for medical services obtained from Asiri Group of Hospitals. Accordingly, the Members of HRP could avail the special discounts and other services offered from any Asiri Group Hospital in Sri Lanka.

Ms Gayathri Chakravarthy – President of HRP thanked Asiri Group of Hospitals for providing special benefits to HRP Members. She stated that in addition to the Members of HRP and their family members, the Company where the HRP Member is employed will also benefit through this agreement.

The Asiri Group is one of the leading private hospitals in Sri Lanka with 4 hospitals under the Group. Asiri Hospitals PLC and Asiri Surgical Hospital PLC are located in Narahenpita whilst the Asiri Hospital Matara (Pvt) Ltd caters to the community in the Southern Province. The latest addition to the Group is the Central Hospital (Pvt) Limited which located in Colombo 10.

The Association of Human Resources Professionals (HRP) is an established association dedicated to serve the Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka.HRP was formed in the year 2010 and has become one of the leading professional bodies in Sri Lanka within a very short period of just over 10 years. HRP provides professional development, an arena for networking, sharing of experiences and knowledge as a dominant force in driving HR in the business sector. The members of HRP are Human Resources professionals representing both private & public sector and those who have a keen interest in the field of HR. HRP welcomes all people managers including the line managers and business unit heads who manage the most valuable asset of the company; its “People”, to join HRP with the view of Bringing HR to the forefront. Students and undergraduates who seek career in HR too can join HRP. Please visit www.hrp.lk or call the HRP Office on 0115667575 for more details.

CIC Bronze Sponsor for the HRM Awards 2012

Memorandum of Understanding was signed between CIC Holdings PLC (CIC) and the Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) on 02nd April 2012 reinforcing CIC Holding's commitment to the Association of HRP by partnering as the Bronze Sponsor for the HRM Awards 2012.

Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, CIC’s Chief Executive Officer stated, "As the most anticipated event of the Sri Lankan HR fraternity and business community alike, we are delighted to be able to be an integral part of this event and show our commitment to the HRP and to support the work done by them in bringing modern HR practices, while upgrading and benchmarking HR best practices in Sri Lanka."

Ms. Chakravarthy thanked CIC for their partnership as the Bronze Sponsor and stated that this partnership would showcase CIC as an organization that recognizes and embraces the human factor in the sustenance and success of organizations and also as an entity that understands the importance in investing in people development and talent enhancement to face the challenges and rapid development taking place in the Corporate world.

The MOU was signed by CIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samantha Ranatunga and HRP President, Ms. Gayathri Chakravarthy. The signing was witnessed by Chief Financial Officer CIC, Ms. Priyanthi Ruwanpura, Divisional Director - HR & Logistics, Mr. Hector Halangoda, Senior Manager – Human Resources Management, Ms. Maduka Rathnaweera and Vice President-HRP and the Chairman of HRM Awards 2012, Mr. Asitha Jayatunga.

MS Office @ Your Office – Advance Features

The first exclusive IT Workshop for HRP Members conducted by the Orient Academy Ltd was held recently. The workshop covered the uncommon user-friendly features of Word, Excel and PowerPoint that can be used to enhance the effectiveness. It was a very successful programme attended by HRP Members.

Some feedbacks received from the participants are given below.

  • It was very good. The instructor was energetic and knowledgeable.
  • Content and the flow of the presentation was very good. Learnt the areas of application which are very important to the day to day operations. Session was interactive and interesting. Suggest to conduct HRIS related workshop in the future. Suggest to send formal feedback forms to all participants in the future.
  • Overall the workshop was really and good very useful for our day to day work. However, the allocated time is not sufficient since the workshop covered three main areas of MS Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint).
  • Thank you for the opportunity provided to attend the IT Workshop for HRP conducted by Orient Academy. It was conducted quite well except for the fact that time was not enough to cover some of the subjects like Excel and Power Point and also some advance learning aspects of Word as well.
  • The IT session was pretty good and personally i learned a lot about MS package. But my concern is time, because lecturer rushed in the final part due to the time.  So I request to have more time to that kind a presentation in future.
  • Excellent workshop, the trainer is a well experienced lecturer. Continue to conduct such IT workshops which will add more value to HRP Members.

Career Guidance for the 7th consecutive year by HRP

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The Association of HR Professionals (HRP) recently concluded the career guidance project for the undergraduates attached to the science faculty of the University of Colombo. The project was successfully carried out as a CSR initiative of the association for the 7th consecutive year.

The Career Guidance Programme for Colombo University was initiated by the Association after signing a MOU with the University in 2006. The main objective of the project is to support students to build competencies which are essential in enhancing the level of employability.

It is carried out as an elective course for the third year students and there were 273 students registered for the Career Guidance Programme this year. The sessions were conducted over the past 3 months covering a wide range of topics related to the Corporate world.

The final evaluations were not only limited to assessing students' level of knowledge but on identified core competencies through an assessment centre as well.

This project would not have been successful without the support of the Members of HRP. Therefore, the Executive Committee of HRP take this opportunity to thank all the resource personnel for conducting sessions and for those who volunteered to support the assessment centre as facilitators.

Microimage the Official Technology Partner for the HRM Awards 2012

Microimage a leading Human Resource Solutions Provider partnered with the Association of Human Resource Professionals as the official Technology Partner of HRM Awards & Learning Conference 2012 the flagship HR event of the year.

The HRM Awards 2012 was officially launched on the 24th January 2012 with a media conference at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.  HRP has taken the initiative to invite the Public Sector to take part in the this years’ competition thus, creating a special category introducing 3 special gold awards and 3 silver awards while the Private Sector will compete for 10 Gold and 10 Silver Awards.

HRM Awards 2012 is conducted in partnership with AON Hewitt India, the largest human resource consulting group in the world and would benchmark the Human Resource Management in Sri Lanka with internationally accepted guidelines creating value to participating institutions. The HRM Awards 2012 would select, recognize, and felicitate the best organizations that practice effective HRM methods and techniques both in the private and public sectors. Widely considered a prestigious accolade that honours the passion and commitment of organisations whose innovative thinking and strategies have broken new ground in human resource management, being ranked as one of the “HR Super 10” organizations, is considered one of the top honours in the corporate world.  HRM Awards 2012 will be held on the 31st July 2012 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

The Learning Conference will be held on the 18th May 2012 at Waters Edge Capital City. The aim of the Learning Conference is to create a knowledge platform that enhances the perspective of key decision makers who influence the human resource of an organization. The Learning Conference also brings into focus the best practices unearthed from the awards evaluation criteria over the last few years. It also discusses topics of relevance to managing human talent in the present global and local context and will create a platform for business leaders, CEO, CFOs and Human Resource Professionals to deliberate and discuss how HR drives the bottom line creating sustainable growth for organisations under an apt theme “The Axiom Revolution.

Mr. SurenRupasinghe, Micorimage’s Director / Head of HCM Business stated, “Microimage being thepremier HR solution Provider in Sri Lanka, knows the importance of HR best practices in today’s business environment. We have been extending the support to HRP throughout the past years. For this year’s HR Awards Event, we intend to add value by introducing number of technology services apart from our monetary contribution. We look forward to closely associate with HRP in future events as well.”

Ms. GayathriChakravarthy, President of HRP thanked Micro Image for extending their support as the Official Technology Partner for HRM Awards and Learning Conference 2012. Microimage as an organization which has been closely working with many reputed organisationsin Sri Lanka and overseas in providing HR solutions is fully aware of the current needs for Sri Lankan Organisations to match their HR requirements to international standards. This facilitates them to benchmark their practices with the internationally accepted norms and also confidently take part in such competitions which helps them to evaluate their own practices with global HR Practices.

MOU was signed by Microimage’s Director - Head of HCM Business Mr. SurenRupasinghe and HRP President Ms. GayathriChakravarthy. The signing was witnessed by Head of Technical Operations MicroimageSujeewaKatugampola,Treasurer of HRPMadukaRathnaweera and Vice President of HRP and Chairman HRM Awards 2012 AsithaJayatunga.

Microimage HCM focus on “technology innovation for people driven business”. HCM is the flagship HRIS solution from Microimage that has done 4 major product releases since its initial launch in 2000. Microimage HCM today services large established client base ranging from small medium to large enterprises across 7 countries. Some of the flagship clients include Dialog Telekom, Lanka Bell, John Keells Hotels Group, Commercial Bank, DFCC Bank, HSBC, Pan Asia Bank, Sri Lanka Insurance, Hameedia Clothing, Cargills, Expo Lanka Group, Eagle Insurance, CIC Group, Alpha-Orient, APL, Bank of Maldives, Al-Rajhi Takaful of KSA, Takaful Brunei Darussalam, Robinson Department Stores. The company offers complete range of products & services including data capture devices in line with its goal of providing “HCM solutions for people driven business”.

The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) was formed in 2000 to create a professional forum for HR professionals and is comprised of senior human resource professionals from many reputed private and public sector organizations in this country. With the vision to bring “HR to the forefront” and driven by the highest of motives, HRP focuses on providing companies in Sri Lanka with professional development, an arena for networking while sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas that will promote and establish HRM as a dominant force in the business sector. The HRP also works towards the betterment and development of professional discipline and positively contributes towards optimizing human performance in the corporate and public sectors.

HNB – Gold Sponsor of HRM Awards 2012 – Super 10

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) and the Association of HR Professionals (HRP) was recently signed where HNB pledged to support the HRM Awards 2012 – Super 10 as a Gold Sponsor.

The MOU was signed by HNB’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Mr.Jonathan Alles and HRP President, Ms.Gayathri Chakravarthy . The signing was witnessed from HNB by the Deputy General Manager Human Resources & Admin, Mr.J R P M Paiva, Asst General Manager Human Resources, Mrs Chiranthi Cooray and from HRP the Vice President, Mr Asitha Jayatunga.

HRP is an established association dedicated to serve the Human Resource Professionals in Sri Lanka. The members of HRP are senior human resource professionals from the country’s largest and prestigious organizations. HRP provides professional development, an arena for networking, a platform to share experiences which could create a positive change in the field of HR by establishing HR as a dominant force and discipline in the private and public sector and is aimed at positioning HR as the catalyst which drives efficiency, productivity and good governance. The biennial National HRM Awards is the flagship event organized by the Association which promotes and rewards exemplary and innovative HR Best Practices in the corporate sector.

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Picture shows the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of HNB, Mr Jonathan Alles handing over the MOU to the President of HRP, Ms Gayathri Chakravarthy. Mr J R P M Paiva, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources & Administration), Mrs. Chiranthi Cooray, Assistant General Manager (Human Resources), HNB and Mr Asitha Jayatunga, Vice President of HRP are also in the picture.

DIMO The Sole Platinum Partner of the HRM Awards 2012 - Super 10

Diesel & Motor Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of HR Professionals as the Sole Platinum Partner of HRM Awards 2012 at the Media Conference held on 24th January 2012 at Cinnamon Grand. The HRM Awards which is organized and conducted by the Association every two years was officially launched at this media conference.

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HRP President Ms. Gayathri Chakravarthy exchanging the Platinum Partnership Memorandum with DIMO Director Suresh Gooneratne. Seated left to right are AON Hewitt Regional Sales Head Srirang Srikantha, HRP Vice President and HRM Awards 2012 Chairman Asitha Jayatunga and HRP Vice President and Chairperson of the Learning Conference 2012 Chiranthi Cooray

The Learning Session by HRP and SHRM - 25th August at Waters Edge

To mark the memorable event of a decade, the Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) together with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) the world's largest association devoted to human resource management proudly presents a learning conference titled, "MANAGING THE MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE" on the 25th August 2011 at 4 p.m. at Waters Edge

Tickets - Rs 4500/- per head.

Contact HRP to reserve your ticket.

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