The Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management (OHRM) of the University of Ghana Business School organised a summit for its students at the R.S Amegashie Auditorium on the 25th of March, 2022. The event dubbed the HR Summit had four speakers: Mr. Kojo Amissah, the President of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Forum Ghana, Mrs. Baptista Gebu, a member of SHRM, Mr. Peter Bosrotsi, the Head of Human Resource at Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), and Mrs. Janet Adanusa, the Principal Consultant of Hecal Consulting and Former Head of HR at Atlas Copco.
In his welcome remarks, Professor Damoah Obi Berko, the Head of the OHRM Department, charged the students to be active in the summit and revealed his delight to be present at the event.
Shedding light on the meaning of Human resources (HR), Mr. Kojo Amissah, the first speaker, explained that HR is about treating people right in a business setting. He added that it is the responsibility of any HR manager to ensure that employees are equipped to perform effectively and efficiently and also ensure that employees are well catered for.
Speaking on the concept of Green Human Resources, Mrs. Baptista Gebu, a member of SHRM, indicated that most companies are conscious of climate change and hence adopt policies that seek to protect the environment. She concluded her speech by encouraging the students to choose careers related to the ecosystem which helps to sustain the environment.
Taking his turn, Mr. Peter Bosrotsi, the Head of Human Resources at Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), expounded on the numerous opportunities available to Human Resource students. He explained that they can specialise in areas such as recruitment, talent development and training, as well as HR risk managers. He revealed that they can also become HR partners and also work on compensation and benefits.
Giving the final presentation, Mrs. Janet Adanusa, the Principal Consultant of Hecal Consulting, shared with the students four key challenges faced by Hr practitioners. These challenges, as revealed by Mrs. Adanusa, are leadership, ongoing changes, employee wellness, and compensation. She explained that most of the time, employees who are promoted end up not being able to lead well, she further added that changes in technology, if not well adopted, can affect employee performance. Finally, she concluded that the mental and physical wellness of employees, as well as low wages and salaries, now pose a lot of challenges for HR practitioners. She urged the students to aspire to become good HR practitioners.
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