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Unlocking the potential of employees

  Mar 4, 2014

“You cannot keep away from learning. Send your employees for training with a particular target in mind,” said Pauline Warui during a Human Resource Learning Series held at Strathmore Business School (SBS) on February 19, 2014. Mrs. Warui the Customer Care Director at Safaricom, is also an alumni of SBS programs: The Effective Director and Advanced Management Program on which she stated that the two programs have had a positive impact in transforming her career and personal life.

Human Resource (HR) Managers have the key role of ensuring that they employ the right employees for a particular position in their organizations and most important, they are tasked with the responsibility of unlocking their employees’ potential so that there is maximum delivery in the organization.

Naomi Mwangi, the HR Director of Strathmore University gave the Welcome Note which lead to the panel discussion graced by: Christine Okoth, Head of Talent and Resourcing and HR Business Partner for Corporate Centers at Safaricom Limited and Stella Atela, the HR Director and Supply chain at Unilever (Central Africa). Both engaged the audience in discussing some of the strategies that have worked in their organizations and the challenges faced by HR practitioners. These discussions lead participants to freely seek solutions to problems experienced in their organization.

Vice Dean, Executive Talent Development at SBS, Patricia Murugami, led the learning session on “Evolving Excellence in Measuring Talent Development”. She stressed on the importance of HR practitioners knowing their Corporate DNA, which would guides them in knowing the attitude, character, behavior, culture and norms that define theiremployees. She added, “Learning embedded with coaching is more transformative…employees should have a coach, mentor and sponsor in the organization who will lead them to their personal growth as well as the organizations”. Mrs. Murugami’s parting shot to the host of HR practitioners that attended the learning series was that they should ensure employee competence will be inculcated in their behavior; which in turn will translate to great results in the organization.

The next HR learning session will be held in June this year.

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