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MAHRP Wraps up 2018 activities with powerful HR best practice share session

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has concluded its series of activities for 2018 with a powerful HR best practice share session. The Great HR Best Practice Share December 2018 edition, which was held at the Faculty of Education Auditorium on December 15, attracted an audience of 70 HR professionals covering eight different sectors and 24 different organisations. The event focused on three different streams of HR: Employee Engagement via Training and Development, Rewards and Recognition, and Employee Wellness.

Adam Naseer, Director Technical Services at the Auditor General’s Office, delivered the keynote on Employee Engagement through Training and Development, during which he emphasised the importance of focusing on the growth mindset of employees, as well as having customised learning and development programmes for all team members. Organisations must spend time and effort in making their employees better through continuous learning programmes that result in employee engagement, he said.Speaking on the topic of Rewards and Recognition, Hassan Saeed, the Resort Manager at Dhigali Maldives, shared the best practices employed by his resort to enhance organisational efficiency and productivity. He highlighted the importance of praising employees, whilst bringing humanity and practicing humility by all levels of managers and team members. At the end of the session, a panel discussion was held on Employee Wellness. 

Moderated by Ahmed Irash, CEO of Nishy Pvt Ltd, the thoughtful discussion featured Ahmed Ibrahim, Head of HR Business Partner at Bank of Maldives, Hussain Shahid, Executive Assistant Manager at Holiday Inn Resort 

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.

MAHRP’s main focus for 2019 will be 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.

Kandooma Maldives, and Aminath Shaly, Cluster HR Director at S Hotels and Resorts. Through practical examples from their respective organisations, they highlighted the important role played by the wellbeing of employees and their state of mind in maximising productivity.

“Our aim is to continue to add value to the HR network. We have a wide range of activities planned for 2019, including some great programmes at different regions of Maldives. Now our focus will be the upcoming National HR Convention and EXPO, which is scheduled for February 24-25 at Dharubaaruge – Male city,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

 

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Global wage growth hit lowest since 2008 – ILO Global Wage Report 2018/19

Recent reports released by ILO on Global Wage 2018/19 shows global wage growth has been weak while the gender pay gap, at about 20 per cent globally, remains unacceptably high. Global wage growth in 2017 fell to its lowest rate since 2008, far below levels before the global financial crisis, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

The Global Wage Report 2018/19  finds that in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) global wage growth declined to 1.8 per cent in 2017 from 2.4 per cent in 2016. The findings are based on data from 136 countries.  In analyzing wage growth, the report finds that in advanced G20 countries real wage growth declined from 0.9 per cent in 2016 to 0.4 per cent in 2017. By contrast, in emerging and developing G20 countries, real wage growth fluctuated between 4.9 per cent in 2016 and 4.3 per cent in 2017.

“It’s puzzling that in high-income economies we see slow wage growth alongside a recovery in GDP growth and falling unemployment. And early indications suggest that slow wage growth continues in 2018,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “Such stagnating wages are an obstacle to economic growth and rising living standards. Countries should explore, with their social partners, ways to achieve socially and economically sustainable wage growth.”

In the last 20 years, average real wages have almost tripled in emerging and developing G20 countries, while in advanced G20 countries they have increased by just 9 per cent, the report shows. But, in many low- and middle-income economies, wage inequality remains high and wages are frequently insufficient to cover the needs of workers and their families.

High gender pay gaps

The report calculates gender pay gaps in innovative and more accurate ways, using data covering some 70 countries and about 80 per cent of wage employees worldwide. It finds that globally women continue to be paid approximately 20 per cent less than men.

The report finds that in high-income countries it is at the high end of the pay scale that the gender pay gap is wider, while in low- and middle-income countries the gender pay gap is wider amongst the lower paid workers.  Using empirical evidence, the report also shows that traditional explanations, such as differences in the levels of education between men and women who work in paid employment, play a limited role in explaining gender pay gaps.

“In many countries women are more highly educated than men but earn lower wages, even when they work in the same occupational categories,” said Rosalia Vazquez-Alvarez, econometrician and wage specialist at the ILO and one of the authors of the report. “The wages of both men and women also tend to be lower in enterprises and occupations with a predominantly female workforce. To reduce gender pay gaps more emphasis therefore needs to be placed on ensuring equal pay for women and men, and on addressing the undervaluation of women’s work,” she said.

Another factor which weighs on the gender wage gap is motherhood. The report shows that mothers tend to have lower wages compared to non-mothers. This may be related to a host of factors, including labour market interruptions, reductions in working time, employment in more family-friendly jobs with lower wages, or stereotypical promotion decisions at enterprise level.

According to the report, a more equitable sharing of family duties between men and women would in many instances lead to women making different occupational choices.  Surprisingly, the evidence shows that even before women reach motherhood, there is already a pay gap. This suggests a need to combat stereotypes and discrimination at the point of entry into the labour market.

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New amendment to immigration law

November 29,2018

A bill has been proposed to a parliament to amend current immigration law of Maldives. Aim of this bill is to regulate illegal immigrant workers, and immigrant workers who change their employment without consent of current employer, and stop expat employees changing their employment within the contract period without knowledge of the employer. As per the amendment, anyone who help them to change their employment or the expat worker who found crossing the employment against the law will face one-year imprisonment or fine between MVR 500,000.00 to MVR 1,000,000.00. The bill was proposed by MP Mr. Moosa Maniku who is also sitting VP of parliament.

Further he says employers are now facing a lot of challenges and incur high cost to execute various projects as workers switch their employment so easily. Moreover, he highlighted the importance of this bill to reduce socio-economic impact of illegal workers. As per the bill, it will be effective from the day it is ratified by the president and published in government gazette.

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MAHRP signs landmark professional support pact with CIPM Sri Lanka

Date: November 26, 2018

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has signed an agreement for cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (CIPM) of Sri Lanka, in a bid to develop the HR professionals network in Maldives.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at a special gala dinner held at the Water’s Edge in Sri Lankan capital Colombo on November 26. 2018.

Under the agreement, MAHRP and CIPM will share technical expertise in developing and building the HR network in the Maldives, work closely with the HR community in offering programmes through the CIPM Business School, provide opportunities to MAHRP members in achieving various HR related certification programmes, and organise cross exposure activities in the Maldives and Sri Lanka for HR professionals of both the countries.

“Having a professional agreement and understanding between a well-established and reputed human capital management organisation like CIPM would bring a great set of values to MAHRP in its mandate to develop the HR network in the Maldives as well as to MAHRP members,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

“We signed this MoU at a historic time as the institute transforms from the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM) to the Chartered Institute of Personal Management (ICIPM). We congratulate CIPM on their achievement.”

CIPM President Dhammikka Fernando commented: “We are delighted to sign this professional agreement with the first well-established HR professionals association in the Maldives. We have over 60 years of experience in managing human capital development and excellence throughout Sri Lanka and we intend to share, collaborate and support MAHRP in various aspects. Maldives is one of our closest neighbours, and we are pleased that MAHRP chose us as their first international collaborator.”

One of the first activities supported by CIPM include the upcoming National HR Convention and EXPO by MAHRP.

During the event, to be held from February 24-25 at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male, CIPM will act as an endorsing partner. The institute will support MAHRP in various technical aspects of the National HR Convention and EXPO, which is slated to be “the HR Event of the Year”.

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.

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HR Digitalization and Innovation share

A session on HR digitalization & Innovation has successfully concluded on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at MNU Business School Auditorium. Aim of this session is to showcase local HR solutions readily available in the market. “There are very good local HR software, however there is no platforms for them to showcase their products. We are very proud to be the first professional Association taking the initiative of connecting HR practitioners, companies across the industries and HR software developers in one platform. It helps for them to build relationship among themselves, and explore local products. This is the first of its kind in Maldives” said MAHRP president Hussain Afeef.

During this event four HR solutions were presented which includes FahiKeplar by Link Serve, RAS by Leniakea, and HR Maldives eHRMS. During the event, Ali Adam – Human Resource Manager of Universal Enterprises presented a case study on adopting customized HR Solution to a company for effective use.

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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International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI)

Four members of Maldives Association of Human Resource Profession MAHRP participated in 2018 annual research conference called the International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI) organized by the Institute of Research and Innovation of Villa College. The two days conference from 18 – 19 November 2018 was held at the Villa College QI campus.

Panelists include Fazna Mansoor – Senior Manager Organisation Development – Ooredoo Maldives, Ahmed Ibrahim – Head of HR Business Partner – Bank of Maldives,  Hussain Shahid – Executive Assistant Manager – Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort and Hassan Saeed – Resort Manager – Dhigali Maldives. The session was moderated by Ibrahim Moosa- Director of Human Resources – Villa Group. The topic of the panel was “the Role of HR as a Business Partner and How to bring it ALIVE!; focusing on how HR leaders can walk the talk of the concept of HR Business Partner, adding value to Team Members and Organisation”.  All the panelists have shared their professional thought-provoking experience, and answered various questions posed by the participants.

HR practitioners and higher education students to share their knowledge on Social Research and Innovation. The main theme for the third ICSRI is ‘Awakening the Intellect: Inspiring Innovation’.  MAHRP signed an MOU with Villa college on 10th April 2018 to collaborate on various aspects of HR Professional development including collaborative research, helping researchers to collect data through MAHRP network, and encourage HR Professionals to engage and contribute to research community.

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MAHRP concludes Great HR Best Practice

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has concluded a very successful HR Best Practice Share session on 27th October 2017. The session was held at Maldives National University Auditorium, Faculty of Education. “Total 87 people attended for the event representing 37 companies and 5 industries” said Mr. Hussain Afeef – The President of MAHRP. The presenters of this invent include Neil Short House – Founder & Chief Executive at Shorthouse Hospitality. He shared his personal experience and his secrets in getting the best fit for the company, and how he handles recruitment for various companies. He highlighted the importance of checking the employment background of the candidates. Furthermore, he stressed how companies could use personal connections, and professional networks to get suitable candidates faster.

Mr. Mohamed Ashraf – Learning & Development Manager of Bank of Maldives presented on performance management system. He shared how the national bank of Maldives capitalize technology in Managing employee’s performance. Furthermore, he discussed various ways by which a company could increase employee engagement through performance management, and how to set KPI properly, and how to set meaningful objectives for business.  Mr. Ashraf is a certified KPI professional from KPI institute of Singapore, and he is a certified L&D professional too. He has worked in Maldives Airport Company Limited for 17 years, and Dhiraagu- the largest telecom company, and now works in Bank of Maldives

Ibrahim Fayaz, Senior Manager for Customer Installations and Cable Networks at telecom giant Dhiraagu, presented on the topic of employee engagement and key achievements of Dhiraagu in the area of creating brand ambassadors through employee engagement. He shared very successful and result oriented techniques that he uses at Dhiraagu. Moreover, he emphasized participants to evaluate employee engagement methods, and approaches whether it will increase the positive impact. Warmly received event was concluded with Q&A session moderated by MAHRP Present Mr. Hussain Afeef.

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 to host second ‘The great HR best practice share’ session on Oct 27.

Back by popular demand, Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) is to host a second session in the series, The Great HR Best Practice Share.

The event will be held on October 27 at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium, which is located on Ameenee Magu. The session will take place from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

“We are pleased to bring the second forum on this topic of HR Best Practice Share. We believe success secrets and stories should be always shared and it will add value to the nation, HR community and overall human capital development,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, who also serves as the Regional Director of Training, Development and Quality Assurance at LUX* Resorts, said.

Speakers for the upcoming event are from some of the best local organisations.

Ibrahim Fayaz, Senior Manager for Customer Installations and Cable Networks at telecom giant Dhiraagu, will give a presentation on the topic of employee engagement and key achievements of Dhiraagu in the area of creating brand ambassadors through employee engagement. Mohamed Ashraf, Learning and Development Manager at the Bank of Maldives (BML), will speak about performance management and how the process works at the bank, which has been recognised as an employer of choice.

Neil Shorthouse, Founder and CEO of Shorthouse Hospitality International, will also join the local experts. The industry veteran will present concepts and case studies of the best recruitment practice one can follow in the Maldives environment.

The Great HR Best Practice Share series is a special knowledge sharing forum where participating organisations will present their great HR practices in various aspect of human resources management. The October session is aimed at sharing best practices in performance management, recruitment and employee engagement.

“We believe that this new segment of HR Best Practice Share and other sessions by MAHRP would further enhance the level of HR awareness amongst the Maldives business leaders, HR network and professionals, and will lead to pathways in taking various actions to add value to bring the best out of their people,” Afeef added.

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.

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MAHRP Hosts Workshop on HR Research in Decision Making

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) has hosted a successful workshop on the topic of Essentials of HR Research and Data in Decision Making.

The workshop, held as part of MAHRP’s commitment to adding value to the HR network and community, was conducted in collaboration with Villa College’s International Research Centre on Saturday. The session was attended by over 60 HR professionals covering all industries.

During the session, officials from MAHRP shared the importance of HR professionals being aware of big data and how it can be useful in finding solutions for various challenges that they encounter on a daily basis in managing human capital. Ideas were shared around how HR data can be used in research as well as how research findings can be used as guidance in dealing with HR challenges.

Keynote speaker Dr Ali Najeeb, who serves as the Vice Rector at Villa College, shared a compelling presentation on establishing data collection methodologies and research findings, and how it can be published to the community and used it as a base to finding solutions for evolving HR matters. This keynote also included several activities and quizzes which allowed participants to work as a team to discuss HR challenges in the community.

“Having a workshop like this is crucial to keep the HR professionals aware about how to make decisions using big data and HR researches. Everyone was able to take some key learnings from these sessions. It was a privilege to host this session at Villa College. We have future research and HR survey projects which we will work closely with MAHRP,” Dr Najeeb was quoted in a statement issued by MAHRP, as saying.

As a follow up to this session, MAHRP and Villa College’s International Research Centre will work together to conduct workshops on research abstract writing and research questionnaire as well as workshops on other topics of interest that will help interested HR professionals to develop and publish their research.

MAHRP’s next event will be held on October 27 at the Maldives National University’s Faculty of Education Auditorium, which is located on Ameenee Magu. Members interested in joining the half-day event can register through MAHRP’s Facebook page.

Inaugurated in February, 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. Click here to see more pictures

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MAHRP successfully concludes service training with Ron Kaufman

Maldives Association of Human Resource Professionals (MAHRP) on Saturday hosted an exclusive training event with world’s leading customer experience consultant Ron Kaufman.

Titled Secrets of Achieving Superior Service Excellence, the day-long training programme took place at the main auditorium of the Maldives National University in capital Male. A total of 357 representatives from over 87 companies operating in the Maldives attended the event, which was sponsored by local telecom giant Dhiraagu.

“We are humbled by the positive response. Our event was sold out 10 days before the event, and even on the event day we received requests for seats. Special thanks to all our participants as we all made it happen and most importantly our main event partner Dhiraagu was amazing,” MAHRP President Hussain Afeef, said.

“Special thanks also goes to Allied Insurance, Pro light Photography, Metal Signs, Print Lab, Salsa Royal and Event Maldives for their support in making this a success.” During this event, Ron shared powerful insights on achieving a sustainable competitive advantage through uplifting service, which has delivered substantial business results in many major companies around the world. His vast experience and scope with customer service experience across a range of businesses, from government agencies to world-class multinational companies including Singapore Airlines, Changi International Airport, Xerox, Marina Bay Sands, Wipro, Singtel, American Express, HP and Nokia was also shared as a part of this learning experience.

Key learning points from this event:

  • Exceed your customers’ rising expectations
  • Stand out with an excellent service mindset
  • Climb the stairs to Unbelievable! levels of service
  • Manage your customers’ expectations
  • Appreciate the value of customer complaints
  • Bounce Back! with effective service recovery
  • Shift from blame and shame to taking personal responsibility
  • See the world from customers’ point of view

“It was a privilege to have this event with MAHRP and to add value to Maldives as a nation. I look for many visits and seeing the country grow and develop,” Ron said.

Inaugurated in February, 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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