Telecom prouds in its IPM membership

PRIME BUSINESS


The Namibian human resources(HR) profession has finally come of age and is bracing itself to take on the challenge of leading the development of a work ethic and culture of service that enables Namibia as a nation to accomplish its national vision 2030 goals.

“Namibia has an abundance of natural resources which are the envy of many other nations the world over. In spite of this, much still has to be done to ensure effective development and management of our critical resource, our people. Such is the imperative that led to the establishment of the Institute of People Management Namibia,” according to Andrew Kanime, Chief Human Resources Officer at Telecom Namibia.

Says Kanime, “the establishment of IPM in Namibia has been long overdue as there is a need to bring all HR Practitioners together to strategize and come up with measures that will ensure a systematic and continuous development of the HR profession as well as enhance the trust and credibility of the profession in the country”.

Telecom Namibia is one of the 11 corporate members of the Institute of People’s Management ( IPM) and attributes its standing as one of the preferred employers in Namibia to the HR practices and approaches the company has employed to keep its employees challenged and engaged. The company is resolutely convinced that the IPM offers a forum and an institutional approach to share best practice round the development and management of people, which are the most critical resource for national development.

The IPM concentrates on the enhancement of the HR profession to essentially enable employers to develop their skills and expertise in dealing with their human resources and retaining its workforce.

IPM will play a major role in advancing the skills of HR practitioners to understand their diverse workforce and employment environment, a dynamic setting that is not only ever evolving but at a rapid space in this technology age.

Says Kanime, “Our people cannot stop learning and growing while the information age environment in which they work transforms in leaps and bounds. The tragedy would be for us to play catch-up. Such is the recipe for mediocrity. It has become common knowledge that it is people that provide organizations with a competitive edge and that people skills are fundamental to team excellence. This is so in sport and equally so in manufacturing and service industry, now and in the future.”

Furthermore Kanime noted that, “The establishment of the IPM, presents an opportunity to professionalise and set appropriate standards for the profession as is the case with other professions such as the accountancy field. Members will also have an opportunity to hone their skills to become true business partners in their respective organisations as the Institute will enable them to have access to such online resources as the online magazine Human Capital Review that will provide ample information and useful articles on best practice and latest trends in the HR field”.

Regular talks and conferences that will address the challenges and successes of the HR fraternity are some of the benefits in store for IPM members.

This is particularly important as human behaviour is very complex and often elicit tricky situations that can tarnish the image of a corporation.

As Kanime so rightly relates, “There is no single formulae for managing human behaviour and what is best practice today is totally obsolete tomorow. These are all the reasons that warrant us to stay on our toes at all times.”

Hence, the IPM certainly has a major role to play in helping shape the Namibian HR profession and we thought it fit to join the IPM because it is a noble idea and will create huge opportunities for the development of the Human Resources profession in Namibia.”

“This will do away with the expensive trips Namibian HR professionals regularly undertake to attend HR professional developmental programmes in South Africa and elsewhere in the world,” said Kanime.

He also mentioned that while experts will be called in from both inside and outside Namibia based on the need, it ultimately remains the responsibility of Namibian HR professionals to support, nurture and shape the IPM body to become a reputable institution.

Kanime noted that it is good for members who hold membership with international bodies to keep their subscription, but that it is important they subscribe to the local institute as well.

“Multiple memberships are good as it will not only enhance individual members’ professional development given that such memberships will enable them to learn and benefit from best practices elsewhere, but that they will also be able to share with our local branch”

The IPM is mainly funded through membership as well as sponsorship from institutions and organisation.