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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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Business travel is secret to professional success

Employees in Hong Kong see business travel as opportunities to achieve their professional growth ambitions: 37% seek inspiration for their work, and 35% look to learn a new skill Over half say adding leisure time to a business trip makes them more successful in their business meetings  Business travel is valuable, if not essential, to […]

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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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Does an outrageous résumé pay off?

Probably not. Job seekers want to stand out from the crowd, and often think attention-seeking stunts and an embellished résumé will do the trick. However, a recent survey from CareerBuilder shows that 3 in 4 HR managers reported having caught a lie on a résumé, and only 12% of HR managers are more likely to […]

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Aon’s Best Employers reveal effective HR strategies

Aon has unveiled its Best Employers across APAC, revealing trends relevant to HR. In line with the strategy of ‘Invented in China’, Chinese companies have moved beyond the trial period of overseas investment and shifted to become pace setters in the world. Wanhua Chemical Group aspired to become one of the top 10 chemical companies […]

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Is this the biggest myth in recruitment?

A new report by Checkster revealed the biggest myth held by many senior people in talent acquisition: that interviewing is the best way to predict future employee’s performance. The report The biggest myth held by talent acquisition professionals and why it holds them back used hard data to prove the myth wrong, and provides insights […]

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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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320 students join Hang Lung Young Architects Program

A total of 324 secondary school students are divided into 18 teams to take part in their first activity in the “Hang Lung Young Architects Program” – a guided walking tour in appreciation of the architectural features and stories of the Central and Admiralty districts.

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, school representatives, renowned architects and academics who will serve as Program Advisors joined the senior management of Hang Lung to inaugurate the Program.

Acting as Advisor for the “Hang Lung Young Architects Program”, Ms. Christine Lam (right), Global Design Principal of Aedas, and Mr. Dane Cheng (2nd from right), Executive Director of Hang Lung Properties, share with students the inspirations from architecture.

Dane Cheng, Executive Director, Hang Lung Properties, remarked during the Opening Ceremony, “As one of the major property developers in Hong Kong, Hang Lung is dedicated to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities across the full spectrum of its influence, with fostering youth development as a major focus. This campaign allows Hang Lung to fully leverage its network, advantages, and talents to serve the community. Architecture has a close relationship with our daily lives.”

He continued “In addition to having practical functions, each building is in fact a cultural artefact, carrying the history and stories of our city. By participating in this Program, Hang Lung hopes to encourage youths to appreciate the fine details of the environment that surrounds us. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our Program Advisors.”

Hang Lung has leveraged its own talent pool to engage the esteemed project management team, joined by renowned architects and academics in Hong Kong to act as Program Advisors. The 14 seasoned consultants form a strong advisory team to furnish the Program with their professional opinions and suggestions.

Further information can be found at https://youngarchitects.hanglung.com/

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.
  • The top advantages of innovative technology for financial services companies include increased productivity, cost saving, increased efficiency and market expansion (41%).

Hong Kong financial services companies are having to increasingly adapt to digitisation within the workplace as the sector continues to experience a major digital and technological transformation. However, adapting to digitisation does not come without challenges as research commissioned by Robert Half revealed Hong Kong financial services companies are struggling to adapt to the pace of digital change, which is why the majority of CFOs in the industry plan to expand their staff headcount.

The rise of digitisation—challenges within the industry

Almost three in four Hong Kong CFOs within the financial services sector say it is challenging for their finance team to keep pace with rising digitisation and more than half say their finance teams find it challenging to adapt to new technologies implemented by the company, highlighting the need for up-skilling and continuous professional development.

 The financial services industry understands the need to leverage the benefits of technology disruption and to increase its financial resources in order to fully do so. More than six in 10 CFOs within financial services agree technology budgets in their department are likely to increase over the next five years and a similar number said digitisation is already part of a robust strategy to deal with technology disruption.

This sentiment is reflected in a recent Deloitte report on the impact of increasing digitisation on the financial services sector, which emphasised the impact should not be considered a threat, but instead, the start of an ongoing journey that embraces change.

Adam Johnston, Managing Director, Robert Half Hong Kong said, “With the impact of disruptive technology set to change the face of the modern workplace, no industry will be the same in 10 years’ time.” The financial services sector is no exception and will particularly benefit from digitisation initiatives such as cloud technology, Big Data analytics, fraud detection, and state-of the-art interfaces for customers and suppliers.

He continued, “Financial services companies are in a race to stay relevant and competitive, and embracing disruptive change is an ongoing process. Hong Kong has always been a global marketplace keen to adapt to positive change—and part of this change is to secure the skills and talent required to successfully reap the benefits of digitisations, thereby driving business success.”

 Hong Kong companies hiring contract specialists 

Emphasising the need for additional talent to manage and implement technology initiatives, digitisation is driving more than half of Hong Kong companies to hire temporary/contract specialists to manage new technology initiatives, while more than four in 10 are hiring permanent specialists.

More than one in three are creating new teams specifically for digitisation initiatives and adapting to change for existing employees is also a key focus point for financial services CFOs as 56% are implementing training programs.

Implementing change within any organisation requires the right talent, and bringing in contract professionals with specialist digitisation skillsets is a very cost-effective method of implementing long-term change. Johnston noted, “However, this should be part of an integrated approach to adopting new technologies that includes a permanent workforce adept in digitisation processes, as well as the proper investment in employee training to ensure their staff is equipped with the skills of the future.”

 The advantages of innovative technology

2017 has already proven to be a starting point for many innovation projects at Hong Kong companies. More than six in 10 are increasing their focus on customer-focused analytics to become more innovative, and almost half are adopting digital capabilities to meet compliance initiatives, followed by 27% who are developing digital interfaces that can interact with external stakeholders.

Johnston concluded, “It’s definitely an exciting time to be working in financial services. Demand for professionals within the sector who are quick to adapt to change will only continue to grow as Hong Kong companies continue to implement digitisation and adopt new technologies within the workplace.”

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.

Her career has included generalist and business partner positions with large and mid-sized companies in various industries including retail, telecom, banking, financial service, fire & security and HVAC.

During her prior tenure with UTC, Samantha has developed graduates hiring programs for entry level engineers, wide varieties of employee engagement activities, talent development programs, driving cultural changes for organizational change, global HRIS transformation and employer brand building.

Samantha earned her BA degree in Communication from the City University of Hong Kong and a Diploma in Human Resources from the University of Leicester.

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 industry especially in business partnering, people engagement initiatives, talent acquisition and organizational development.  The workforce of the Group has increased from 3,000 to nearly 5,000 since her joining the Group. Having made genuine effort in driving various HR initiatives, Hang Lung is named as one of HR Asia ‘s Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2017 and clinched the title of Family-Friendly Employer in the 2015/16 Family-Friendly Employer Award scheme. She led the team to win the Employer of Choice Award in the Employer of Choice Awards 2016 as well as six honors at the International Customer Relationship Excellence Awards 2016.

Prior to Hang Lung, Janet worked in the property industry for more than 14 years gaining expertise in both Human Resources and Learning & Development.  She graduated from University of Leicester with a Master degree of Training & Human Resources Management, and also holds a Business Administration degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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 includes succeeding in: 1) The most admired Fortune Top 30 multinational Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company, Procter & Gamble Company Ltd., which was awarded No.1 “Fortune’s Most Admired For HR Globally” by The Hay Group and Human Resource Executive professional magazine. 2) The leading Asia conglomerate, Jardine Matheson - Dairy Farm International with leading retail businesses. 3) The European privately owned retail fashion market leader, C&A Retail Fashion. She is also recognised for her commitment to nurturing leaders and fostering the advancement of HR and women in the market via such professional community work as award judging, training, mentoring and serving as a conference chairperson, facilitator and speaker.

Being a strategic, engaging and global HR leader, Ms. Kris Lui has been relocated around the world to lead Global, Asia and Greater China businesses in developed and developing countries from commercial, retail service to supply chain functions. She is known as and has been recognised for being a strategic partner, change agent, foundation builder and employee champion to meet various business needs with success in creating new capabilities, reversing declining trends, stabilising realignment and accelerating success. Her track record of HR leadership has been earned across multiple industries (FMCG, Retail, Fashion, Property Development, etc.), corporate headquarters (Sino Group, C&A Sourcing, Dairy Farm International), geographies (Asia, US, Europe, etc.), functions (marketing, sales, finance, supply chain, etc.), retail & services (SKII, Olay, Supermarket, Convenient Store, Property management, etc.), mergers & acquisitions (RongCheng, Clairol, Wella, Gillette, Hong Kong-Taiwan Hub) and plants.

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, the hotel continues to promote their inclusive and equitable company culture. “At Hotel ICON, we always go the extra mile to ensure that we are going to be fair and consistent for all of our associates”, according to Richard Hatter, the General Manager of Hotel ICON.

Hotel ICON is very committed to its diversity and inclusion programme. For example, the hotel also reaches out into the community by being the hotel sponsor for events such as Pink Dot and the Pride Parade. Hotel ICON is also the venue sponsor of many diversity and inclusion events such as the career expo for disabled students and the LGBT + Index Award.

As part of Hotel ICON’s mission to nurture the next generation of hospitality leaders, the development of interpersonal relationships, active listening and associate engagement at every level and throughout every operation is key. Throughout the year Hotel ICON holds a number of social activities under the theme of “We Love to Care” to bring the teams together; dragon boat racing, singing contests, family days, massage days and many more. These work alongside a range of CSR activities including a Going Green programme, to reinforce the company values and to create a happier and more engaged team who cares about their roles.

Night shift work linked to an increased risk of obesity

 

Has Kim Jong Un been on the night shift roster for a while now?

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 shift workers had a higher frequency of developing abdominal obesity than other obesity types. Permanent night workers demonstrated a higher risk than rotating shift workers.

Dr Lap Ah Tse, senior author of the study commented, “Globally, nearly 700 million workers are engaged in a shift work pattern. Our study revealed that much of the obesity and overweight among shift workers is attributable to such a job nature.” He continued, “Obesity has been evident to be positively associated with several adverse health outcomes, such as breast cancer or cardiovascular diseases.”

Business travel is secret to professional success

  • Employees in Hong Kong see business travel as opportunities to achieve their professional growth ambitions: 37% seek inspiration for their work, and 35% look to learn a new skill
  • Over half say adding leisure time to a business trip makes them more successful in their business meetings 

Business travel is valuable, if not essential, to achieving professional success today, not only because of its positive impact on businesses but also for the opportunities it offers employees to expand their horizons and reach their fullest potential. According to Booking.com For Business, six in ten working professionals in Hong Kong say experiencing new cultures and destinations adds value to their job, a sentiment echoed most by those in the Banking (73%) and Manufacturing & Logistics (70%) sectors.

These are among the top findings of new research from Booking.com for Business, the global leader in connecting business travellers with the widest choice of places to stay. Conducted with more than 17,000 working professionals from 24 countries, the research reveals the extent to which they view business travel as essential to professional growth and business success, including key differences across professions.

Growth opportunities

When asked what they most hope to achieve when travelling for business, four in ten working professionals in the city cite growing their company’s business. This is followed by gaining inspiration to apply to work and learning a new skill.

More than half of the local working professionals say that being able to take a few off-the-clock hours during a business trip to enjoy the destination improves their performance in business meetings. The key factors influencing their decisions to incorporate some leisure time during their business trip are the chance to explore a destination previously unvisited and having time away from work to recharge. In particular, those in Retail & Sales are more inclined than other professionals to be influenced by the ability to extend the trip through weekend.

See you in Paris 

Despite the benefits of modern technology and real-time communications, a real business case for in-person meetings still exists. In Hong Kong, 58 % of working professionals agree that travelling to meet clients or colleagues face-to-face is essential to business success. On the flip side, one in three Hong Kong working professionals prefer to avoid human interaction with travel or accommodation providers as much as possible on work trips.

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 Smart City initiatives well underway, new independent research by Robert Half revealed what impact technology leaders expect the initiatives to have on the sector. According to the research, almost half of Hong Kong CIOs believe Smart City initiatives, which aim to use innovation and technology to enhance city management and improve people’s livelihood, will lead to increased job opportunities for IT workers—and more than one in five think it will lead to an increase in average salaries for IT professionals.

When asked about the potential impact of Smart City initiatives on the IT market, job opportunities are expected to increase foremost within SMEs, with 54% of CIOs in small and medium-sized companies anticipating a surge in jobs, compared to 28% of CIOs within large companies. However, almost one in three CIOs in large organisations believe average salaries for IT workers will increase as a result of the government initiatives, as opposed to 16% of CIOs in SMEs.

Fierce competition

Still considering the potential impacts, more than one in ten CIOs say the Smart City initiatives will increase competition for top IT talent. Just under 8% believe it will result in a greater influx of skilled IT candidates into the area and merely 4% think it will lead to more government investment in IT education leading to more local IT candidates. A further 4% say the government initiatives have not had an impact yet.

Adam Johnston, Managing Director at Robert Half Hong Kong commented, “The government’s ‘Smart Hong Kong’ initiatives are expected to further promote Hong Kong as a globally recognised innovation hub. By further implementing such projects, more jobs are anticipated to be created for IT professionals in the city, while positioning Hong Kong as a global magnet for international IT workers looking to work within a city-wide innovation project.”

A modern city

Building a better-connected and efficient city driven by the latest technology will also create strong demand in the local IT talent market. As a result of the supply/demand imbalance within the IT employment market, salaries for IT talent will serve as a primary incentive with companies willing to increase starting pay to secure top technology talent. Job opportunities are expected to expand particularly within SMEs.

However, despite the ambitious goals of its Smart City initiatives, Hong Kong is currently experiencing a shortage of suitably qualified IT talent. According to the overwhelming majority of Hong Kong CIOs, it is now more challenging to source qualified IT professionals than it was five years ago.

Does an outrageous résumé pay off?

Probably not.

Job seekers want to stand out from the crowd, and often think attention-seeking stunts and an embellished résumé will do the trick. However, a recent survey from CareerBuilder shows that 3 in 4 HR managers reported having caught a lie on a résumé, and only 12% of HR managers are more likely to consider calling a candidate that does something unusual or outrageous in for an interview.

Perhaps the need to stand out comes from wanting to make every second count. Among human resource managers, who are typically the gatekeepers of which applicants get in front of the actual hiring managers, 39% said they spend less than a minute initially looking at a résumé. Nearly 1 in 5 spent less than 30 seconds.

Rosemary Haefner, Chief human Resources Officer, CareerBuilder noted, "If crafted well, your résumé is one of the most valuable marketing tools you have. In a matter of seconds, it can make or break your chances of moving along the hiring journey with a company.” She continued, “That's why it's important to be proactive with your résumé and avoid embellishments or mistakes. Take advantage of the tools available to you — the worst thing you can do is send a generic copy out to employers and then sit and hope for a response."

Most outrageous résumé mistakes
In the survey, HR managers and hiring managers shared their most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes. These embarrassing résumé blunders serve as a reminder to always proofread your résumé.

  • An applicant claimed to have written computer code the hiring manager had actually written. Both had the same previous job, but the applicant did not know that fact.
  • An applicant included a picture with all of his pets.
  • An applicant said he worked for Microsoft but had no idea who Bill Gates was.
  • An applicant's résumé was lifted from the Internet, did not match the cover letter.
  • An applicant said he studied under Nietzsche.
  • An applicant stated that he had tried and failed a certification exam three times, but was planning to try again.
  • An applicant claimed to be an anti-terrorist spy for the CIA at the same time period he was in elementary school.
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