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Strategic conference to up-skill HR practitioners

Publishing Date : 07 May, 2018

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The Progressive Institute will on 23 - 24 May host the 2018 Strategic HR Conference at the Avani Resort & Casino in Gaborone. The conference will feature human resources professionals from leading brands such Sage, Forbes Africa, CNBC, DTC Botswana, Debswana, and Stanbic Bank.

Speakers at the event will include, among others Debswana Managing Director Balisi Bonyongo, Forbes Editor Chris Bishop, renowned author and HR expert Dr. Pieter Bronkrost, thought leader and entrepreneur Marlinie Ramsamy as well as international leadership coach Dr. Jerry Gule.

Mmoloki Ossie Mmolotsi, conference organiser and Managing Director of Progressive Institute, explained that the conference will also feature a rich line up of local HR practitioners such as Mlungisi Jackalas- Senior HR Manager at DTC Botswana; Johannes Motshegare- Senior OE & Talent Manager at Debswana; Resource Logic Managing Director Batshu Dambe – Groth; Head of Human Capital at Stanbic Bank Chedza Balopi as well as Regional Executive Director of IDM Richard Malikongwa.

“These are seasoned business leaders and HR practitioners whose expertise will help attendants to recruit future talent, optimise rewards, boost staff retention and drive employee engagement,” said Mmolotsi. The Strategic HR Conference is considered to be the largest gathering of human resource practitioners in Botswana. The Conference will among others discuss the implications of the changing landscape of global trends for HR leaders; explore new and emerging tools for big data and work force planning; and examine challenges and opportunities of globalization and innovation as drivers for growth.

“The new world of work is evolving at an unprecedented pace; and HR practitioners have a huge challenge of meeting the pressures of today’s business environment while playing a leading role at the highest levels of business strategy. The strategic Conference will help them reinvent themselves and optimise their skills,” said Mmolotsi.

He added that the digital age has made managing human capital even more complex. One of the biggest challenges faced by HR managers is attracting the right talent, which is made even more difficult by the fact that job roles, expectations and organisational culture are continuously evolving.

“Because the business environment is continuously changing, HR practitioners are faced with the challenge of helping employees to adapt to changes in the work environment. With globalisation, companies are now sourcing talent from all over the world. It is the responsibility of the HR manager to make manage these diverse cultures and create a workplace that is comfortable and welcoming for everyone,” explained Mmolotsi.

It was with these challenges in mind, he said, that the strategic HR Conference was founded as an event that would enable HR practitioners to up skill themselves so they can face the challenges of today’s  business environment. Convened by the Progressive Institute annually, the Strategic HR Conference, which is expected to draw more than 200 delegates is the largest community and gathering of HR leaders in Botswana and a premier event which showcases trends and discussions on the future of work.

“The SHRC 2018 aims to explore new and emerging tools for big data and work force planning that will be requirements for success in a VUCA world, as well as examine the challenges and opportunities of globalization and innovation as drivers for growth. It will also give participants an opportunity to learn how to foster employee engagement with research based best practices,” said Mmolotsi.

Progressive Institute   holds a reputation of bringing seasoned speakers, last year the organisation housed global pan African orator Professor Lumumba of Kenya Law School .This year‘s theme for SHRC is “Change, Challenges and Opportunities for HR” and it is believed to set the tone for the new world of work which is evolving at an unprecedented pace due to changes in technology, multi-generational workforces and global competition for talent.



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