“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