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The best candidate experience comes from a human-centric design

New research from Randstad has suggested that job seekers respond more positively to the human side of recruitment. The findings show that 76% of candidates in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia respond positively to technology when it’s used to enhance the recruitment experience based on human connection. The results also showed that 54% of job-seekers […]

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Corporate training shifting to soft skills

With half of all jobs in the next 10 years estimated to disappear due to Artificial Intelligence (AI), corporate training company Anagram Group has announced a new focus to its leadership and soft skills workshops—equipping leaders for the future. New workshops include “Design Thinking & Innovation”, and its signature programme, “Leadership In The Digital Age”. Mark […]

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Leading HR teams are redefining HR with employee-centric design

Deloitte Consulting LLP has found in its latest High Impact HR research that new workplace technologies and changing workforce expectations are creating unprecedented opportunities for HR to transform the way companies and their people interact. Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP commented, “As companies focus on digital business transformation, they are discovering […]

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Ryanair woes provide cautionary tale for HR

The recent troubles of Irish budget airline Ryanair have demonstrated the importance of effective employee/employer relations and holiday management. Due to a holiday scheduling error, Ryanair has been left with a shortage of pilots, forcing the aviation giant to cancel up to 50 flights a day. Despite trying to incentivise staff that are on leave […]

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Local Hong Kong workers benefit as companies place higher value on Chinese language

Recently released data on Q3 job statistics revealed a shift from expat to local workers in Hong Kong. In the autonomous territory, Q3 2017 saw a seasonal dip in jobs, quarter-on-quarter. This is consistent with trends across the APAC region, which usually sees a small decline in job numbers just after June. Interestingly, Hong Kong […]

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320 students join Hang Lung Young Architects Program

324 students from 29 secondary schools embarked on a journey of learning that will see them become young architects over the course of the academic year ahead. Spearheaded by Hang Lung Properties, the Hang Lung Young Architects Program held its opening ceremony at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre today. The participating secondary school students, […]

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Digitisation: HK hiring specialists to adapt to changing workplace

56% of Hong Kong CFOs within financial services are hiring temporary/interim specialists to help their team adapt to new technologies, 56% are implementing training programs and 41% are hiring permanent professionals to manage change. 74% agree it is challenging for their finance team to keep pace with the rising digitisation of the financial services sector. […]

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Hotel ICON extends medical coverage to married spouses of same gender

Hotel ICON announced that it is offering medical insurance coverage to legally recognised same-sex partners of its associates. The policy—which took effect early October—means all spouses who are legally married (in countries that legalise same-sex marriages) to be eligible for the medical benefits. By offering medical benefits to the married spouses of the same gender, […]

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Night shift work linked to an increased risk of obesity

  In an analysis of 28 published studies, night shift work was associated with a 29% increased risk of becoming obese or overweight. The findings, which were published in Obesity Reviews, suggested that modifying working schedules to avoid prolonged exposure to long-term night shift work might help reduce the risk of obesity. In the analysis, night […]

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Samantha Tam

Human Resources Director United Technologies Samantha Tam currently is the Human Resource Director, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Climate, Controls & Security in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan & Guam.  She has over 15 years of human resources experience including recruiting, employee relations, performance management, compensation and benefits, talent development as well as HR processes and policies. […]

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Janet Poon

General Manager–Human Resources Hang Lung Properties Ltd. Janet Poon joined Hang Lung Properties Limited in 2012. She is currently the General Manager of Human Resources in Hang Lung and responsible for leading and overseeing the Group’s Human Resources function in both Hong Kong and Mainland China. Janet has tremendous Human Resources experience in the property […]

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Kris Lui

Human Resources Director – North Asia Food & Shared Services All Businesses The Dairy Farm Company Limited Kris Lui is a passionate, seasoned and business-oriented Human Resources (HR) professional with over two decades of rich international experience in delivering business results via building sustainable organisation capability in different industries, geographies, cultures and matrix organisations. This […]

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Robert Mostert

Former Global Head Human Resources, ITO-GBS Standard Chartered Robert Mostert was until recently Global Head Human Resources, ITO-GBS (Information Technology & Operations) function of Standard Chartered Bank, and of Standard Chartered Global Business Services (GBS). The latter operates from shared service centres in India (Chennai and Bangalore), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), and China (Tianjin). Robert joined […]

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Jack Mak

Product and Customer Proposition Head, Pensions HSBC Jack Mak is the Product and Customer Proposition Head of HSBC’s pension business in Hong Kong, and is responsible for driving pension product design and holistic proposition that suit customer needs for both employees and employers. Prior to joining HSBC, he worked as an employee benefit consultant and […]

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Nightmare on L&D street—What the *beep* went wrong with L&D?

L&D, where did it all go wrong? HR tackles the tough questions at its Summer 2017 conference. Asking some of HR’s finest, we get down to the nitty-gritty of where L&D took a nasty turn, and how organisations are tackling those challenges. Calculated risk HR frequently needs to answer abstract and open-ended questions. As Jenny […]

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Effective reward & recognition strategies

Defining an organisation’s rewards and recognition policy can be complicated purely because there are so many factors to take into account. What will motivate your people to take one step further and turn good employees into exceptional ones? Enhanced benefits, bonuses, international postings. Sometimes all it can take it just a pat on the back […]

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Bernard Coulaty

Founder & CEO MOST Engaged Consulting Bernard is a senior global HR leader with over 20 years of professional practice as Vice President Human Resources in multinational FMCG organizations (Danone, Pernod Ricard) in Europe and Asia. He has developed an operational and strategic expertise in employee engagement, talent management, leadership development and leading HR communities […]

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Joanna Lee | Bauhinia Coatings | HR Community - HR Magazine | HR Online

Joanna Lee, Bauhinia Coatings

Bauhinia Coatings Group Group Head of Human Resources Joanna Lee is the Group HR Director for Bauhinia Coatings Group which enables organization in making better decisions about human resource management, strategic leadership, organization development, design and change. Overseeing human capital strategies across our group operations, She has grown and managed teams in different sizes of […]

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Star Service HR

Hang Lung’s talent development successes as headcount doubles Janet Poon, General Manager – Human Resources, Hang Lung Properties has been with the Company since 2012 and helped transform their talent pool during a period of unprecedented expansion. She shares her innovative approach to talent attraction and retention to help fuel the Company’s phenomenal growth. Adaptive […]

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One in five APAC job applicants submitted false information | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

One in five APAC job applicants submitted false information

More than one in five background checks conducted on job candidates in APAC in 2016 identified inaccuracies in the information supplied by candidates. While the discrepancy rate has decreased from the previous year, it still remains almost three times higher than the global discrepancy rate of 9.7%. This disparity between APAC and global discrepancy rates […]

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Staying ahead of the tech curve

Stefan Reis, CHRO, SAP explains why HR must grab technology by the horns to engage and retain the best talent HR has to work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to rapidly evolving technology in today’s workplace. HR Magazine recently spoke with Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP to get […]

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How to make networking less miserable | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

How to make networking less miserable

By Andrew Marder, Small Business Expert, Capterra The worst part of networking is every single part of networking. The free snacks are okay, unless you get stuck with crudité. Everything else feels challenging, painful, or unproductive. You step into a room of other small business owners and managers with a pocketful of business cards, and […]

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A family-friendly workplace | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

A family-friendly workplace

Recently the Kering Group announced our new Global Parental Policy. The framework provides Group-wide standards in terms of maternity, paternity and adoption leave for more than 38,500 employees in nearly 60 countries around the world. The new policy holds a single and clear purpose: to build a supportive and inclusive working environment for all our […]

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As skills shift, talent attraction and retention continue to challenge APAC employers | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

As skills shift, talent attraction and retention continue to challenge APAC employers

More than 60% of employers experience difficulty attracting and retaining top talent. As the world of work undergoes a digital transformation, employers in Asia Pacific are grappling with challenges in attracting and retaining top talent, according to two major surveys The 2016 Global Talent Management Survey and Rewards Survey by Willis Towers Watson. It revealed […]

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Community business: HR's D&I struggle | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

HR’s D&I struggle

HR faces many challenges, some of which cause a great deal of frustration. However, the solving of these problems can lead to huge advantages for both the business and the individuals it employs. A growing concern of modern day HR is in effectively managing and leveraging Diversity & Inclusion. HR Magazine media partnered the Community […]

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Verizon: HR & IT: Partnering for Success | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

HR & IT: Partnering for Success

Verizon may be a household name in the US as a wireless telecommunications operator, but here in Asia their presence is less obvious. Two of their senior HR managers spoke to HR Magazine enthusiastically from the local Hong Kong Verizon office in Tai Koo. The duo shared on their vision, credo and how IT is […]

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Here are top 5 tips to get your employment checks right | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

Here are top 5 tips to get your employment checks right

  Deciding when and whom to check, and for what There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to background checks. They should be tailored based on: The nature of your industry The needs of your business The details of the position you’re hiring What local laws require or prohibit Knowing the components of background screening When you’re planning […]

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Legal Updates – August 2017

Government Bill gives employees right of reinstatement A new bill introduced into the Legislative Council this earlier year lays down new rights for employees who are illegally dismissed. The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Legislative Council in May 2017. Notable among the Bill’s proposed changes is a new power for the Labour […]

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Hong Kong ponders discrimination law shakeup | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

Hong Kong ponders discrimination law shakeup

The Hong Kong Government is considering four key changes to the existing anti-discrimination ordinances. The proposed changes have been brought forward following a consultation carried out by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in 2014 and are presently being considered by the Legislative (LegCo) Council Panel on Constitutional Affairs.   The four major changes The proposed […]

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PRC Cybersecurity Law—What does it mean for HR managers? | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

PRC Cybersecurity Law—What does it mean for HR managers?

The Chinese Government passed the new PRC Cybersecurity Law on 7 November 2016 and it will take effect on 1 June 2017.  The Law is a clear indicator of an increased focus by the Chinese authorities on data protection and its broad scope and potentially wide-ranging effects may increase data protection and data security compliance […]

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DLA Piper: flexible workforces | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

DLA Piper: flexible workforces

By Julia Gorham, Partner, Head of Employment—Asia, DLA Piper Changes in the modern workforce are now happening more radically and rapidly than ever. According to a report published by the International Labour Organisation in 2015, informal employment, very short term contracts, contingent freelance workers, homeworking and irregular working hours are becoming more and more widespread. […]

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HK Competition Ordinance—Why HR needs to tread more carefully in 2016 | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

HK Competition Ordinance—Why HR needs to tread more carefully in 2016

The Hong Kong Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (Ordinance) came into effect on 14 December 2015. Anti-trust laws have been long-established in the US, Europe and Australia—they make for good business practice. In Hong Kong, the Competition Commission has stated that it is ready to be ‘an effective enforcer of the competition law which will support Hong Kong’s open economy by ensuring fair […]

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Claims of harassment: how far can they go? | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

Claims of harassment: how far can they go?

By Anita Lam, Of Counsel, DLA Piper Hong Kong Harassment is generally associated with appreciably more conflict in work teams as well as with less team cohesion and less success in meeting financial goals. Eliminating harassment in the workplace therefore makes good moral sense, legal sense as well as business sense. It may now also […]

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Hong Kong’s mandatory paternity leave “disappointing” | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

Hong Kong’s mandatory paternity leave “disappointing”

After years of debate, a mandatory 3 day paternity leave on 80% pay was finally passed by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council last Friday. Although many welcome the long-awaited law, others, such as Community Business, have expressed disappointed by the focus on operational cost which has led to this “baby step” for Hong Kong, an international […]

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Frisky Business: the dangers of workplace romances | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

Frisky Business: the dangers of workplace romances

By Pattie Walsh (Partner) and Naveen Qureshi (Associate), DLA Piper Hong Kong Given the amount of time people in Hong Kong spend in the workplace, it is perhaps inevitable that personal relationships will flourish. Many people are more likely to meet a partner at work than anywhere else. This then raises the question as to […]

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Healing China’s expat headache | HR Legal - HR Magazine | HR Online

Healing China’s expat headache

The opening of new markets in China in the past few years has created an explosion of job opportunities and a flourishing demand for skilled expatriate workers, with latest census figures revealing a leap from 74,000 to 220,000 foreign employees between 2000 and 2011. Sending expatriates to China, however, has proven to be a headache […]

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Hong Kong’s first ever ‘Community Service Marathon' | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Hong Kong’s first ever ‘Community Service Marathon’

HandsOn Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) will co-host Serve-a-thon—the city’s first ever ‘Community Service Marathon’ and largest collective volunteerism based event. In Hong Kong, 20,000 more people lived below the poverty line in 2015 than in the previous year—bringing the total number of impoverished people in Hong Kong to […]

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Mental Illness in the Workplace | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Mental Illness in the Workplace

By Henry G. Harder, Shannon Wagner, and Josh Rash Review by Amie Filcher Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasing concern costing businesses billions of dollars every year in loss of productivity, poor treatments and employee retention. Mental Illness in the Workplace provides a comprehensive guide to identifying, understanding, treating and preventing individual […]

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Lead to Succeed | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Lead to Succeed

By Chris Roebuck “To deliver real success, people must be inspired to be their best.” Lead to Succeed promises to deliver success and provides fundamentals for leaders to transform their own and other people’s performances. Professor Chris Roebuck introduces the Mach 2 Performance Programme, which aims to increase people’s performance and engagement in the workplace. […]

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A Field Guide for Organisation Development | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

A Field Guide for Organisation Development

Taking Theory into Practice~ Edited by Ed Griffin, Mike Alsop, Martin Saville and Grahame Smith A Field Guide for Organisation Development offers a variety of perspectives and experiences from researchers and practitioners on Organisation Development, a concept that many organisations find difficult to tackle. The editors have created a practical and accessible field guide that […]

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Success through a healthier workforce | HR News - HR Magazine | HR Online

Success through a healthier workforce

The connection between health and job performance is widely known, and many employers are now realising that success can only be achieved by a healthy workforce. Many HR departments are taking steps to integrate healthy living initiatives to help motivate their workforce to stay healthy and safe at home and on the job, with the […]

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Keeping staff healthy, staying competitive | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

Keeping staff healthy, staying competitive

With hundreds of thousands of working days lost to sick leave in Hong Kong each year, companies are understandably keen to keep their workforces healthy. But encouraging workers to take better care of themselves is not always an easy task, particularly given Hong Kong’s culture of long working hours and the multiple demands upon people’s time. […]

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Creating Balance & Finding Happiness | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Creating Balance & Finding Happiness

By Diane Lang, MA  This publication serves as a happiness toolkit—a handy-sized reference book on how to find harmony when faced with the mounting and often conflicting pressures of work and home life. It offers simple, realistic and easy-to-use tips for happiness. According to Lang, many employees work anywhere between 60 and 80 hours a […]

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Four steps to a 'good' day at work | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Four steps to a ‘good’ day at work

It is often argued that a happy workforce is a productive one and the secret to contentment in the office may be only four simple steps away, according to new research conducted among more than 3,000 Australian and New Zealand employees. When RedBalloon for Corporate asked participants what they desire to see at work, ‘More […]

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Workplace confessional | HR Lifestyle - HR Magazine | HR Online

Workplace confessional

You may love your job–but probably not everything about it. Even working in a cubicle doesn’t mean you’re walled off from office irritations. A new survey commissioned by Citrix reveals the top reasons why office workers say they need to break away. Colleagues from hell Workplace bonding can be a good thing, but some rituals […]

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Smart Hong Kong initiative expected to lead to more job opportunities and higher salary for IT workers

45% of Hong Kong CIOs believe the government’s Smart City initiatives will lead to increased job opportunities for IT workers. 21% think it will lead to an increase in average salaries in the IT market. 92% find it more challenging to find qualified IT professionals compared to five years ago. With the Hong Kong government’s […]

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EdTech helping fill talent gap

A 2017 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has given additional insight into the rising demand for skilled labour across the US. Among those surveyed by the Chamber of Commerce, roughly two-thirds of employers said that they will be hiring new employees over the next month, but approximately 95% noted difficulty in finding skilled workers […]

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Automation a positive catalyst of change within the HK workplace

72% of Hong Kong CFOs agree workplace automation will not cause a loss of jobs, but a shift in required skill sets is needed. The top skills finance professionals need to focus on as a result of automation are: problem-solving skills, strategic vision, flexibility/ability to adapt and communication. According to Hong Kong CFOs, the top […]

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Staying ahead of the tech curve

Stefan Reis, CHRO, SAP explains why HR must grab technology by the horns to engage and retain the best talent HR has to work hard to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to rapidly evolving technology in today’s workplace. HR Magazine recently spoke with Stefan Ries, Chief Human Resources Officer, SAP to get […]

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Automation: C-3PO took my job! | HR News - HR Magazine | HR Online

Automation: C-3PO took my job!

Break neck speed advances in technology are having an impact on those in IT. 62% of technology professionals in APAC believe a significant part of their job will be subjected to automation within the next 10 years, rendering their current skills redundant, according to the findings of the Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017. 62% is […]

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Getting HR into the fast lane | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

Getting HR into the fast lane

Cutting down time-consuming processes to help HR deliver accurate results quickly HR knows all too well that managing headcount is time-consuming and, at worst, convoluted and complex—especially in larger organisations. Pressure is on HR to become more strategic but balancing this with cumbersome operational roadblocks is a major challenge. HR Magazine recently met with Ashley […]

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Innovation to navigate recruitment minefields | HR Technology - HR Magazine | HR Online

Innovation to navigate recruitment minefields

Recruitment has long involved picking up the telephone, networking outside for candidates and screening the hundreds of CVs that pass recruiters’ desks every month. In recent years, tools such as LinkedIn have enhanced the ability of recruiters to accomplish such tasks—but the ground under their feet is fast-moving. Filtering out noise Simon Bradberry, Managing Director—Asia Pacific, Resource Solutions remarked at a recruitment […]

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Employees—greatest cyber security risk | HR Technology - HR Magazine | HR Online

Employees—greatest cyber security risk

Employees are the lifeblood of an organisation, technology helps facilitate ways in which they can work at their optimum. But is this always the case? According to 56% of nearly 2,000 information security experts worldwide in EY’s latest Global Information Security Survey 2015, employees are considered to be the most likely source of cyber attacks within organisations. What’s more, in Hong Kong and China, […]

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IT hiring and pay to rise globally | HR Technology - HR Magazine | HR News

IT hiring and pay to rise globally

Despite a global economic slowdown, especially due to slower growth in emerging markets, the technology industry continues its rapid pace of innovation, disruption and creating new ventures, according to Aon Hewitt. In the next 12 months, technology companies globally are expected to increase the size of their workforce by 40%—internet, e-commerce and software sectors are […]

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HKMA Award for Excellence in Training and Development 2017 | HR Community - HR Magazine | HR Online

HKMA Award for Excellence in Training and Development 2017

With the 26th HKMA Awards in the pipeline, organisations are clamouring to show off their commitment to L&D and how they have built their bespoke training programmes. The awards are a commendation to those who have worked extensively to develop training that is not only effective, but conscious of the human impact. Trainers from a […]

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The harder you fall, the higher you bounce | HR Training - HR Magazine | HR Online

The harder you fall, the higher you bounce

We have all been there—trapped in a long, boring training session in a windowless office that is either far too hot or cold. It is quite often the norm for team building, and while it is sometimes necessary to be in the classroom, a more interactive approach demanding energy expulsion may be more beneficial. Sport […]

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NEBOSH revise H&S diplomas | HR News - HR Magazine | HR Online

NEBOSH revise H&S diplomas

The National Examining Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) offers a range of vocationally-related qualifications to meet workplace health, safety, environmental and risk management need in both public and private sectors. The body has just announced revised syllabuses for its National and International Diplomas in Occupational Health and Safety to better align the two […]

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Snow, ice and lost lifeboats—team building on the South Pole | HR Training - HR Magazine | HR Online

Snow, ice and lost lifeboats—team building on the South Pole

HR Magazine was invited to join the ‘Shackleton Challenge’—a highly unique training day to stimulate team-work and facilitate team-building in a challenging, rewarding and exhilarating fashion. The day was organised by AETG and conducted by Colin Tan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Coach, MetaNoia Intervention. After being fed and watered, the participants were tasked with […]

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Nurturing talent | HR Training - HR Magazine | HR Online

Nurturing talent

AIA setting the pace for developing leaders of tomorrow In March, HR Magazine attended the opening of the brand new AIA Leadership Centre in Bangkok. The insurance giant is once again leading the way through its commitment to enhancing the quality, effectiveness and professionalism of its people. We spoke with Shu Khoo, Group Chief Human […]

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A chance for 50 ambitious youngsters to become Adecco ‘CEOs for One Month’ | HR News - HR Magazine | HR Online

A chance for 50 ambitious youngsters to become Adecco ‘CEOs for One Month’

A springboard to brighter career prospects, with one candidate proceeding to become Adecco Group ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside Alain Dehaze Adecco Group, a HR solutions provider, is giving 50 entrepreneurial and ambitious youngsters the chance to become ‘CEO for One Month’ alongside the Adecco top management in their home countries. Online applications will be […]

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Organisational Coaching: What it is, how it has evolved and the future | HR Features - HR Magazine | HR Online

Organisational Coaching: What it is, how it has evolved and the future

By John Raymond, Head of Coaching, IECL What is Organisational Coaching? There is still much confusion between different fields of coaching including organisational, life and business coaching. If one looks at the definitions, we see, Coaching itself is a goal-oriented, solution-focused, question-based conversation to support the development of the trainee and achievement of their goals. […]

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Lifting the vision: why organisations need to develop new generation leaders now | HR Training - HR Magazine | HR Online

Lifting the vision: why organisations need to develop new generation leaders now

Knowing the best way to manage and develop Generation Y and Millennials into the next generation leaders is often the subject of intense debate within and amongst organisations. Though what most are in agreement about is that managing the newer generations—who will make up the majority of the workforce by 2020—will require new skills and […]

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Building high performance teams: a formula for organisational success | HR Training - HR Magazine | HR Online

Building high performance teams: a formula for organisational success

The quality of a team’s performance is one of the best predictors of organisational success. Businesses that understand this and commit to building high performance teams are those most likely to thrive in challenging times. It doesn’t matter how large or small your organisation is – if you want to improve performance, create and maintain […]

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