Companies should train and retain staff

Q.Who hires an HR manager?
It’s the top most people in that organisation. It might be the managing director, chief executive officer or Head of Business. The HR manager must deliver the aspirations of the head of the organisation.

Q.Why did you choose HR ?
I am an economist and what economics does is that it helps you look at a number and put meaning to it. Because of that logical way of working, I then wanted to understand ‘why do people do the things they do’? And the only way I would understand this is going into HR. So I switched to HR In 2001 at Uganda Revenue Authority. Then I joined MTN, moved to East African Breweries Limited and now steering the ship at Umeme .

Q.What is your take, between ‘Training’ and ‘poaching?’
I would go for training if one is looking for long-term sustainability for any organisation. Organisations have cultures so when you poach you might poach one who might not fit into the culture. Poach only if you must.

Q.But then you will train someone and they will leave.
Yes, but ‘why do they leave’ should be the starting point? People have aspirations. And as long as you look at employees beyond the statistics and let their work speak to their aspirations, they will stay. But if work ceases to be meaningful – and they fail to see value, then they will quit. So you train and retain.

Why do you think Uganda’s labour force is ranked poorest in East Africa?
I have had an opportunity to work with companies that employ different kinds of people and I can tell you, Ugandans are very good. This is a perception we need to fight and stop going seeking global jobs from a less aantageous point .

What is your message to those aspiring to become HR practitioners?
Those intending to join HR must align themselves to be critical thinkers think outside the box. It’s not enough to have a first class degree. You need the X-factor. So for the young professionals, read wider and get to understand what is happening around you.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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