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MAHRP held their first outer atoll event in Addu.

Maldives Association for HR Professional (MAHRP) has successfully conducted its HR Best Practice Share session in the city of Addu. The two hour session, held at Equator Village was attended by about 130 participants from different organizations. The areas focused on in the session included change management and mindset, disciplinary procedures and guidance for human resources professionals in these areas.

The speakers at the event included Head of HR business of Bank of Maldives – Ahmed Ibrahim, and the general manager –  HR of Universal Enterprises, Ali Adam. Moreover, a panel discussion on issues relating to gender inequality and harassment in the workplace was also organized within the session. The president of MAHRP, Hussain Afeef, who is also the regional director training of Lux resorts highlighted the positive response to the session which was directed for the human resources professionals of Addu city. He expressed interest in conducting similar sessions in the future as well as organizing a leadership conference in Addu.

MAHRP is the first NGO in Maldives dedicated to train and create awareness for HR professionals. The main objective of MAHRP is to provide assistance to HR professionals and to provide much needed resources for HR by connecting with key personnel from the international arena.

The co-hosting partner for the event was Equator Village, while Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives  (SCEAM) was its NGO support partner.

The first ever event of MAHRP organized outside the capital city was covered by its media partner, AO news.

(Captured from AO news)

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MAHRP to Host ‘HR Best Practice Share” session in Addu

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has announced plans to bring its popular knowledge sharing series — The Great HR Best Practice Share — to the southernmost atoll of Addu.

The session — the first event in Addu by MAHRP — will take place from 10am to 12pm on Saturday at Equator Village resort. It will be conducted in partnership with Equator Village, as well as Southern Community Empowerment Association of Maldives (SCEAM) and AO News.

The Great HR Best Practice Share session in Addu will focus on topics related to change management and mindset, disciplinary procedures and their relation to HR professionals. A panel discussion will also be held on key challenges such as gender equality and harassment at workplace.

Ahmed Ibrahim, Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives (BML), will deliver a keynote on the topic, ‘Change 4.0 – Transformation Meets Agility’, where he will highlight specific aspects on developing the mindset necessary for any successful change management project or transformation. Ali Adam, General Manager HR at Universal Enterprises, will share the best practices in handling disciplinary issues with respect to existing labour laws.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Athif, Director of HR at Kandima Maldives, will moderate the panel discussion on the topic, ‘Gender Equality and Harassment at Workplace’.

Confirmed penalises include Aishath Manal Khalid, former Assistant Research Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives who is currently pursuing higher studies at ADA University in Azerbaijan; and Mariyam Shifana, an educator and community leader who had previously served as the principal of Adh. Dhigurah School.

Two more panellists are awaiting confirmation.

“MAHRP encourages all interested HR professionals, community and business leaders attend this event. During this event, MAHRP will also facilitate and introduce its membership programs to Addu community,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“MAHRP takes this opportunity to thank the Addu community and its leaders for their tremendous support to this event.”

The HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their practices in various aspect of human resources management. These regular sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, the first ever National HR Convention and Expo, and the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

To register in MAHRP’s Great HR Best Practice Share session in Addu, please use this form, call +960 7778035, or email events@mahrp.org.

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A Culture of Learning is a Culture of Winning

By: Tharaka Appuhamy
07 August 2019

Setting aside our  understanding on the concept of ‘The Culture’ in a workplace in today’s day and age, we should first take some time to decipher this term a bit more and with some detail. Culture is how a group of people live, follow, and work towards achieving a vision and getting along with each other and aligning with similar values and beliefs. Culture is a very strong feeling; a feeling that creates a purpose that in turn, drives a group of people. It becomes a purpose driven life for a certain group. Culture is everything you do to make yourself live out in that feeling.

This was part of a presentation that was conducted by Mr. Tharaka Appuhamy, who is the head of Talent Management & Quality Assurance for seven resorts in the Maldives under the Aitken Spence Group, a well-regarded conglomerate based in Sri Lanka. He revealed that once, he had emailed his L&D calendar to all the resorts of which L&D he handles, specifically requesting for nominations to be provided for a certain training program. The program was titled “The Training LEED, a 4-day Train the Trainer” program.

He disclosed that he was quite surprised and taken by a response followed by a call from one of his very own senior directors who also currently works in a VP level, and who exclusively divulged his desire to become a trainer! This corporate official wanted to participate as a trainee in Mr. Tharaka’s training program! “This is the best example that I can bring out to say that we have created a learning culture within our organisation. If you have a learning culture that is inconsiderable of the level then all associates will be ready to learn, unlearn and relearn,” Mr. Tharaka added, following this revelation.

So, the first question that comes to our mind is, what is a Culture, Learning and Winning? Elaborating further, Mr. Tharaka disclosed, “I believe that it is a strong feeling; a feeling that you create about your establishment. It is a commitment of the leadership and positive actions of followers. A combination of effort creates the organizational culture.”

Culture If one has a strong sense of culture, it also means that there is a strong feeling in one’s beliefs and values. Scientists have discovered that our feelings have an effect on the world around us. They have the power to change the world in wonderful ways.

Everything is energy around us. Energy affects the feelings of other people and the consciousness of a group or community. One can create any kind of feeling or experience they want by changing the energy of the thoughts and feelings of their staff which would eventually help create the culture that is required. Even one’s thoughts affect the DNA in our cells. Loving, caring, happy thoughts have a positive effect on the DNA and they benefit our health. Negative thoughts on the other hand, have a negative effect on our DNA, and hence, affects our health negatively. So, we do need to be careful with our thoughts.

Our DNA emits light called bio-photons. Every cell in our body makes us shine like a lighthouse. The bio-photons carry information about our emotional state, feelings, and thoughts, and about the kind of person we are. You can change that information by changing those thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The more loving you are, the better it is. The bio-photons and the electromagnetic energy created by our thoughts, feelings, and emotions affect our body’s energy field (aura). Loving and caring thoughts have high frequency energy. Negative thoughts have low frequency energy. A person’s energy field (aura) can feel pleasant or unpleasant because of this.

While extracting information from past surveys, according to a study by the research and advisory firm Gartner, both CEOs and CHRO’s have disclosed that “managing and improving the culture” is the top priority for talent management. All starts in a very simple way within us, in what we believe and our thoughts. So what good will a company’s philosophy and brand or the SOP’s credo have if we don’t tune our people’s thoughts? We will never be able to create that desired culture.

Learning A learning culture is what we do in the organization to create a learning atmosphere where people will be ready to Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn, Mr. Tharaka explains. He also emphasized that starting a company from scratch helps you build that culture from the very beginning. However, the case was not the same for him. “I faced a major challenge when I commenced L&D functions in the Maldives. When I started my journey in this beautiful country in 2016, the organization I was working for had already been operating in the Maldives for almost 25 years, while also being the fourth biggest foreign investor in the Maldives with seven resorts and a room inventory of 770, accommodating 1500 associates from almost 35 different nationalities,” he opined.

L&D was never positioned as a business partner in the organization and so, he reiterated that the audience would now be able to understand how high, big, fat and tall the challenge was. In terms of deciphering ‘Learning,’ it can be denoted as something that is a result of any training activity. Learning is gaining knowledge and skills through experience or study, as described by CHT – AHELI.

In creating a learning culture, the prime task is to come up with an L&D Strategy, Policy and L&D approach. All L&D approaches need to be aligned with the organisational objectives and here the following L&D approach was the guiding principle to execute L&D activities within these resorts.

Associate TrainingTrainings provided to enhance competencies of associates in their current roles.

Associate DevelopmentSolutions to enhance competencies for future job requirements.

Associate EngagementActivities to enhance employee motivational levels.

Certification TrainingAchieving certifications through associate participation and uplifting a more competitive streak in the market.

Process DevelopmentTrainings which are conducted in operational process development with solutions to meet standards and consistencies in relation to resort operation.

WinningWinning in this culture can be denoted as achieving organizational objectives through aligned learning and development approaches, as put forth by Mr. Tharaka. He went on to explain that he had another challenge, which was to “reach all associates with limited L&D manning.” So, they strengthened the departmental trainers by emphasizing their own training skills and created a unit of over 45 departmental trainers who were proficient in delivering on the job training programs.

In winning you need to ensure that everyone understands the importance of learning and by creating all section / unit managers trainers will establish a strong learning culture in your establishment.

In an industry where you find that a majority are rankers, they need to be aware of the wonders that Learning can do, mainly the WIIFM principle – what is in it for me, for the organisation, for the customer and the trainee. When they are aware that knowledge is the power that can change and add value, they will take the lead to create that learning culture. A learning culture will challenge the orthodox and people will be creative and take smart risks in adding value. They will embrace failure and learn from these lessons. 

“We faced another challenge; the lack of local representation in management. Being a brand with a firm focus of enhancing the local touch, we developed the Kurimagu – the biggest local Management Training Programme in the Maldives to attract local talent and to create a perception of developing this talent and attaining a good work culture. We were the first and only international company to conduct such a large scale development programme for local youth in the Maldives with the idea of guiding them to be future leaders of the industry,” he further reiterated.

Kurimagu is a classic example of creating local diamonds, in line with their L&D motto, “WE MAKE DIAMONDS”. Those who had completed their programs had gone on to become Assistant Front Office Managers, Executive Butlers and HR Executives. When the associates witness a learning role model, then eventually the rest will feel as what a learning initiative can do and will get motivated with that learning culture. Learning role models will help any organisation to retain talent within the organisation.

Many recent studies show that employees are not engaged at their work and employees are actively looking for joy at their workplace. How can L&D be a part of reconnecting people at work and make learning a fun activity?

A learning culture can be generated in many creative ways. Moving out of the traditional learning patterns, we understand that associates need to be engaged, face competition, and be celebrated. This is when they decided to roll up associate engagement programs such as the Dhivehi Rahathah Challenge, Bed Making & Decoration Competition, Beverage Champions – Mocktail, High Tea, Cocktail and Coffee, Tell your Story (Guest Interpretation) and Table top decoration competitions.

Social Media Campaigns include the Learning & Development (Facebook Account). In a generation where we are heavily judged by social value, L&D started social media accounts to act as a creative bridge between the resorts and the public in order to address the following needs; to socially validate their associates, to share all their associates’ hard work and commitment, to share their trainings and competitions with the public and to encourage employee branding along with recognition of the work they do within the resort in the eyes of the public.

Leadership Leadership always matters when it comes to envisioning and establishing a learning culture. First and foremost, the leadership must believe that learning can change a culture. Leadership must show commitment towards achieving and creating a learning culture. “In terms of my workplace, I truly am blessed to have a leadership that is committed towards enhancing that learning culture,” Mr. Tharaka added. He further explained that leadership matters when it comes to creating the learning culture because people mirror their managers or leaders. It affects their ideas and thoughts and eventually, their followers reflect on the qualities, etiquettes and attributes of their leaders and tend to replicate them, be it professionally or personally.

Mr. Tharaka further added, “As a leader or manager, one has to set up structures, processes and incentives in their organizations and put in an effort in building the ground for a learning culture. That is the part of leadership that people often miss out on; enabling your organization to actually adopt the new culture you so seek to have.” People see themselves visualizing themselves as successful individuals since a culture of learning gives them the ability to do just that and hence, become innovative in their stance. They then begin to formulate ways to work towards their visions. These visions or aspirations can be linked with organizational objectives and eventually, when they achieve those objectives, they will in turn, achieve their personal aspirations. What do we do when we want to plant a tree? We tend the soil accordingly the same way a leader would need to create the background for talent to grow.

As such, associate competencies will develop and they will stay in tune with the organization whilst holding on to a learning that encompasses a positive vibe, feeling and energy. “We have achieved many awards, both locally and internationally. We are not in any competition, however, winning is now the way we operate and live because we have succeeded in reaching that level of intensity due to our learning culture,”

Mr. Tharaka finally adds that he believes that doctors and trainers have many things in common; they use their KNOWLEDGE TO TREAT OTHERS. Doctors use their knowledge to cure patients. Trainers they use their knowledge and intellect to change the behaviour of the learner or we teach them how to catch fish so that they will make a livelihood for their entire life.

He says he loves what he does as he gets that self-satisfaction by adding value to talent for the betterment of their lives whilst helping to improve the organisation’s culture. “I’m sure all trainers feel the same way,” he relayed. In his own words, he mentioned, “We are the Stelliers who help sailors row their boats.”

This is why L&D professionals are a big part of creating a great winning culture in an organisation.

Use our knowledge for the benefit of others. To create a learning culture in your organization, which will be the fuel for a great winning organisation culture.

Author : Tharaka Appuhamy, Assistant General Manager – Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels. The StelliersSouth Asia Human Resources Hotelier of the Year 2019. CIPD, MBA-MGU, (Hon) BHM, Adv.Dip.HM (Sg), Mgt Dip HCM – SLITHM, LCHSGA

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MATI, MAHRP host career guidance talk for A-Level students

Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) and Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has held a career guidance related talk targeted at A-level students.

Organised in association with Villa International High School, the talk was titled, ‘Dream, Decide, Develop – Seizing your dream career within the Hospitality Industry.’ The aim of the talk was to enhance awareness of the widespread career paths available in the hospitality industry and disseminate knowledge and insights that would assist in pursuing them.

State tourism minister Ahmed Solih, Villa College Rector Dr Ahmed Anwar, Villa International High School Principal Saeed Ahmed attended and spoke at the event.

Other attendees included executive board members of MATI and MAHRP, as well as senior management personnel of Villa International High School, teachers and A-level students.

The event included a keynote address with the theme, ‘What to consider when choosing a career?’ by MAHRP President Hussain Afeef. Case study presentations were also delivered by two guest speakers — Mohamed Adil, Jr. Sous Chef at Faarufushi Maldives resort, and Azhoora Ahmed, Surf Experience Manager at Soneva Fushi resort — detailing their journey within the hospitality industry.

The event also included a panel discussion and Q&A session with the theme, ‘How do you find your passion within the service industry?’ The panel consisted of Iyaz Waheed, Executive Board Member at MATI, Ali Adam, Executive Secretary at MAHRP, and Tharaka Appuhamy, Assistant General Manager of Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels.

This is the inaugural career guidance event organised by MATI and MAHRP, more of which are to be organised and executed across the country.

As a non-profit established since the introduction of tourism in Maldives, MATI has been at the forefront of almost all travel and tourism related activities and issues in the Maldives for the past three decades. The association coordinates with government and liaise with organisations locally and internationally to solidify member services and operations in the tourism sector.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

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MAHRP Launches Speakers Club

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has launched its Speakers Club, a first-of-its-kind initiative in Maldives.

The club was launched at a special function held at Maldives National University’s auditorium Sunday evening. It was attended by over 85 HR professionals and various business leaders from all aspects of operations.

During the inaugural function, MAHRP hosted two keynote speeches by international experts. Shia Nacino, Founder of HR Summit Global and international speaker, shared tips on overcoming stage fright, whilst Kenneth Kwan, a leadership speaker and high performance strategist, spoke on improving public speaking skills.

With the launch of this club, MAHRP aims to help, support and facilitate in developing great speakers throughout Maldives. This platform will provide opportunities for HR professionals and others interested in developing their speaking and public presentation skills.

The ultimate goal of MAHRP is to provide speakers a platform to perform at local and international events, beginning from local ones and gradually reaching international stages. Participants will gain the confidence required to develop public communication skills for a panel discussion, to participate as a moderator, facilitator or even as an MC.

Monthly sessions will be held under the new initiative, focusing on structured workshops, brand development as speakers, enhancing social media connection as speakers and many more.

MAHRP will be partnering with TEDx to ensure the quality and consistency of its speaking events and teaching practices.

“Building professional and better speaking networks is one need of our members, hence one reason why we launched the Speakers Club. We intend to bring Toastmasters International and TEDX talk to Maldives under MAHRP Speakers CLUB,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

MAHRP will also host the Maldives’ first Speakers Convention on August 8, 2020 in which world-class speaking professionals’ associations will participate. Potential participants include officials from Asia Professional Speakers Association (Singapore), India Professional Speakers Association (India), Ted Talks, and Toastmasters. This event will feature the best of the best in the world of speaking and at least two world champions in public speaking.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, the first ever National HR Convention and Expo, and the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

MAHRP’s Speakers Club is open to its members as well as students and everyone interested in public speaking and improving their communication skills. Those who are interested can sign up using the form below: https://form.jotform.me/90695404416459

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MAHRP Hosts Maldives’ first Learning, Development Conference with over 230 participants

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully hosted the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives, with over 230 professionals attending the one-day event.

Held at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium on Saturday, the Maldives Learning and Development Conference 2019 focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

Topics that were covered during the conference include: global best practices in training, supporting a culture of learning, redefining learning ROI, building effective learning and development programmes, learning for millennials, strategies to attract Gen Z workers, retaining top talents, and successful programmes to get new talents on board.

Some of the speakers include:

  • Kenneth Kwan: leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Tharaka Appuhamy: Assistant General Manager – Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels
  • Ahmed Saeid: Director of HR and Training at Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
  • Ahmed Ibrahim: Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives
  • Mohamed Ashraf: Manager, Learning and Development at Bank of Maldives
  • Iyaz Waheed: President of Universal Foundation
  • Shia Nacino: Founder of HR Summit Global, and international bestselling author and speaker
  • Adam Naseer: Director of Technical Services at Auditor General’s Office
  • Emma Jackson: Lead Engagement Consultant for Asia at CIPD
  • Dr Ibrahim Zuhuree: Secretary General at Civil Service Commission

“It was amazing to see the response from the public for this event and we saw the need of having forums that add value to professionals. MAHRP will continue its efforts to develop the nation’s HR strategies and other related activities,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

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The session on Employee Relation was well received – President Hussain Afeef

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully concluded an HR best practice share session.

The Great HR Best Practice Share July 2019 edition, which was held at the Faculty of Education Auditorium on July 14, attended an audience of 115 participants. The theme of session was Employee relations focusing on grievance management, handling discipline issues, policies and procedures; and a panel discussion on equipping today’s HR Managers to handle employee relations.

Mohamed Shihab, Chief Operating Officer, Damas Pvt Ltd, gave a presentation on employee Handling disciplines policies and procedures, whilst Guraisha Ismail, Manager Employee Relations, Maldives Airports Company Ltd, shared practical aspects on managing grievances at workplace.

The panel moderated by Alim Adam, Human Resource Manager at Voyages, walked the attendees through several aspects of employee relations and key touch points. Lawyer Hussain Siraj, Maldives Law Institute, Mohamed Athif – Director Human Resources, Kandimma Maldives, and Asiyath Mohamed – Manager Employee Relations highlighted the importance of having clear guidelines in place to ensure consistency of decisions made by the management, and importance of considering all aspects when making decisions.

“This session is very well received by the public, and this is our first event held on week days. Success of this event shows HR professionals always find time for self development and their eagerness to learn and share their knowledge with others” says Present of MAHRP. Further he thanks all the speakers and panelists who contributed for this event.

The Great HR Best Practice Share series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their practices in various aspect of human resources management. These monthly sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

Following the successful HR best practice share session, MAHRP is gearing up to host first ever Learning and Development Conference in Maldives. Total 06 international speakers and 05 local speakers will share knowledge on very specific and important themes for L&D professionals. This one-day event will happen on 3rd August 2019 at MNU Business School Auditorium.

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MAHRP to host “HR best practice share” session on Employee Relations

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has announces plans to host an ‘HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session’ on employee relations.

This latest edition in MAHRP’s series of ‘HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session’ initiative will be conducted on July 14. The session will take place at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium from 8-10pm.

During this session, Mohamed Shihab, the Chief Operating Officer at Damas Pvt Ltd, will give a presentation about the best practices in handling disciplinary issues as well as related policies and procedures at workplace, whilst Guraisha Ismail, the Manager Employee Relations at Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL) will speak on grievance management and its implications at workplace.

Followed by these two presentations, a penal discussion will be held on the topic of, “How equipped are today’s HR managers to handle employee relations?”

The HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their practices in various aspect of human resources management. These regular sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

Meanwhile, MAHRP is gearing up to host the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives. Set to take place on August 3 at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium, the Maldives – Learning and Development Conference 2019 is a one-day event focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

The association will also launch its Speakers Club initiative on August 4.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

Those interested in participating in MAHRP’s next edition of the HR Best Practice Share and Knowledge Session series can register here

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MAHRP to host Maldives first Learning and Development Conference

Maldives Association of HR Professionals (MAHRP) has announced plans to host the first ever learning and development conference in Maldives.

Set to take place on August 3 at the Maldives National University’s main auditorium, the Maldives – Learning and Development Conference 2019 is a one-day event focused on finding smart, creative strategies and techniques to meet the current demand and needs of learning and development, to address today’s challenges and to handle the future workforce.

Topics that would be covered during the conference include: global best practices in training, supporting a culture of learning, redefining learning ROI, building effective learning and development programmes, learning for millennials, strategies to attract Gen Z workers, retaining top talents, and successful programmes to get new talents on board.

Some of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Kenneth Kwan: leadership speaker, author and high performance strategist
  • Tharaka Appuhamy: Assistant General Manager – Talent Management and Quality Assurance at Aitken Spence Hotels
  • Ahmed Saeid: Director of HR and Training at Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
  • Ahmed Ibrahim: Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives

“We saw the need of having an event like this, targeting one of the key components of HR and organisational development which is learning and development. Through this event, we want to value and connect with the learning and development professionals in the Maldives,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

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MAHRP Concludes successful HR best practice share session

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has successfully concluded an HR best practice share session.

The Great HR Best Practice Share April 2019 edition, which was held at the Faculty of Education Auditorium on April 13, attracted an audience of 87 HR professionals. The event focused on three different streams of HR: happiness at work, employee engagement, and rewards and recognitions.

Ibrahim Inaz, Resort Manager at SAii Lagoon Maldives, gave a presentation on employee engagement and its role in building organisational cultures, whilst Sujatha Haleem, Chief Operating Officer at the Maldives Pension Administration Office, walked the attendees through a case study covering several initiatives taken by the pension administrator in oder to ensure that their employees were happy and felt productive at work. Hassan Shamaam, HR Manager at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa, highlighted the strengths of an organisational culture which is driven by a set of rewards of recognitions that celebrate the employees’ work and make them feel valued. The facilitator include Ibrahim Inaz, Resort Manager at SAii Lagoon Maldives, Sujatha Haleem, Chief Operating Officer at the Maldives Pension Administration Office, Hassan Shamaam, HR Manager at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa.

he Great HR Best Practice Share series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their practices in various aspect of human resources management. These monthly sessions always bring out wonderful stories of how things can be done in organisations regardless of their resources or financial strength.

Following the successful HR best practice share session, MAHRP is gearing up for a general get together of its members on April 28. During this event to be held at Ghiyasuddin School in capital Male from 8.15-10pm, Kirunba Shankar, President of the Professional Speakers Association of India, will deliver a keynote address, drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur, digital marketing and social media consultant, and author.

The association will also launch its Speakers Club initiative on August 04.

MAHRP is the first professional association registered in the Maldives, dedicated to human resources and people development. The association’s mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most current and comprehensive resources, and to advance the profession by promoting HR’s essential values, setting professional standards and providing the know-how. It is committed to linking and connecting HR professionals and practitioners locally and oversees through signature events and membership activities.

As part of its aim to develop human resources, MAHRP regularly hosts knowledge share events. The association also organised an exclusive training event in Maldives with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman, and the first ever National HR Convention and Expo.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 is identifying key challenges in human capital development and work towards adding value to every aspect of HR throughout the country. This includes a series of activities, including HR knowledge share, best practice share, HR organisational level quizzes, HR convention and debate sessions, as well as inspirational talks with world-class speakers.

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