KUSI Consulting Hosts Maiden HR Professionals Brunch in Accra, Ghana
“Without Human Resource (HR) no business, large or small, can rise to become a global leader in its respective industry. Without Human Resource, Diageo, the parent company of Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited will not be a globally recognized brand. Without Human Resource, Tullow Oil will not be Africa’s leading oil and gas company. Why is this the case? Well, because the success of every organization lies in its human capital and HR professionals are the developers of the people who steer the company towards its goals.”
The brunch, which was intended for HR professionals and business leaders began with a speech from KUSI Consulting CEO and Senior Consultant, Rita Kusi. Professionals from a broad spectrum of industries were in attendance to network and learn from one another at the posh AH Hotel and Conference in East Legon, Accra on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. The aim of the brunch, which was successfully achieved, was to bring something different and vibrant to the HR space in Ghana and create meaningful networking opportunities.
A citation of appreciation in human resources was awarded to the special invited guests for their immense help and contribution to the HR space in Ghana and Africa at large. Prior to awarding the citations, each guest spoke on a specific industry topic.
Dr. Edward Kwarpong, the CEO of Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and President of the Institute of Human Resource Management Practitioners (IHRMP) delivered the keynote address on behalf of Honourable Ignatius Baffour Awuah (MP), Minister of Employment and Labour Relations. In addition, he shared with attendees the way forward for salary and wages in Ghana. He noted that “it is the promise of reward that sweetens the labour”, therefore all wages and salaries should commensurate the job description to ensure productivity.
Mrs. Irene Asare, Director of HR and Business Services at Tullow Ghana Limited, after taking event attendees through the lifetime of her career, entreated HR practitioners to build trust among the human capital in their organizations by effectively and efficiently engaging the staff in decision making processes. She, therefore, encouraged HR professionals to develop their communication skills and confidence level.
Dr. Hazel Berrard Amuah, Director of HR at Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, a Diageo company, spoke on human resource practices she has applied in transitioning across sectors. With a bit of humour, she reiterated that HR practitioners must know the nitty-gritty of their business and must display emotional intelligence in dealing with the human capital in the organization. According to Dr. Hazel, behavior-based safety should be paramount and a priority for organizations while ensuring diversity, inclusion and work-life balance. She stated that, “to be in the human resource profession, you have to have your senses down on the ground”.
Looking at the impact CitiFM and CitiTV have made in the media space in Ghana, Mrs. Jennifer Anane-Nsiah, their HR Manager, shared with event attendees how she has been able to manage the talent of the staff in the organization. She spoke highly of the organizational culture and noted that it is quite adaptable and promotes growth, as well as career progression. She reiterated that because of the nature of the industry staff are acknowledged for a job well done as part of their employee reward system.
Mrs. Gwendoline Sam-Appiah, HR Manager at the Volta River Authority (VRA) accepted the citation of honour on behalf of Dr. (Mrs.) Stella Agyenim-Boateng, HR Director and shared a few words on how she has been able to apply HR principles and practices to transition across various sectors.
Dr. Ellen Hagan, Chief Executive Officer of L’AINE Services Limited and founder of HR Focus Magazine was kind enough to bring copies of the magazine which she shared with attendees. During her ten minute brief, she stated that “HR Practitioners should work in silos, it is not a competition”. She further shared her experience on how she has transformed human resource management in Ghana and impacted the youth.
Finally, Mr. Kojo Amissah, Lead Consultant at CITAM and President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Ghana Forum shared his knowledge on the role of HR in bridging the gap between industries, which was the theme of the brunch. At the end of his talk, he stated that “if an organization is failing then HR is failing”, therefore HR Professionals should manage the human capital in their organizations effectively to achieve productivity.
The maiden HR Professionals Brunch was organized by KUSI Consulting, a U.S. and Ghana-based contracting firm with a focus on Marketing and Human Resources (specifically HR Audits, Training, Recruitment and Outsourcing).
Thank you to our team, supporters and sponsors who helped make the maiden #HRProfessionalsBrunchGH possible.
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