26th HR Sharing

Adventure! That’s what everyone has on their mind as the year end approaches. Adventure planet was invited to grace the 26th HR sharing and they did not disappoint participants with their many activities. Even simple games from the inappropriate setting of a classroom could instantly change the mood as participants forgot that they were in a serious setting of desk and chairs. Such were their skills in handling a serious environment and transforming it into a ‘fun’ activity.

Success, Trust, Belief, Communication and Leadership, these are the keywords that mean quality for Adventure planet. They have been in the business for many years and if you have a need for teambuilding activities, these are the guys you would want to talk to. Cheers! To the Adventure planet and we hope to see them again at the next HR Sharing, so that we could look forward to more fun activities.

Handling Sexual Harassment at the workplace
Sexual harassment at the workplace has been a bane for most organizations and most HR professionals aren’t sure how to handle it, or does it even exist? HR Professionals, Managers and CEOs’ were all ‘ears’ as Veronica and Corinna, representatives from the Advocacy group AWARE (Association of Women for Action & Research), shared insightful information and the definitions of sexual harassment. Methods on how to handle such sensitive and complex issues were also discussed, with past case studies used as examples. Participants’ were also invited to attend workshops conducted by AWARE. The workshop would equip Managers on the skills and knowledge in handling sexual harassment. Participants were indeed impressed, as AWARE had handled numerous cases of sexual harassment and offered counseling and legal advised to those in distress.

By Michelle Yeo

25th HR Sharing

For the very first time, our regular HR sharing session produced 3 presenters. A wide variety of discussions to serve members better. Most notably was the presentation by Sean Rudge, a representative for Orange T. Many regard Orange T as a property agency, but to the surprise of many HR professionals, Orange T has set up a department specifically to assist HR professionals in dealing with the expatriate employees. From receiving them at the airport, to sourcing their accommodation and even quality schooling for their children. All these ‘chores’ would be handled by Orange T, assisted by an online system that would allow the HR administrator to log in to view at which stage of care has Orange T rendered to the expatriate employee. Orange T’s help would be right from the start of receiving the employee at the airport right up to the time the employee leaves Singapore. With Orange T, outsourcing has taken on a new meaning.

Chris Choong, a HRmatters21 associate discussed some of the secrets when conducting an interview. How to tell if the candidate is a visual or a sound person? That’s a trade secret Chris shares at his regular Interview and Selection workshop.

New laws with new challenges, third presenter Martin Gabriel of HRmatters21 presented what’s in the pipeline to proposed changes to the employment regulations. As Martin attended a presentation by the Ministry of Manpower at the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices, he was of the view that it would be useful to share such up to date information with employers, as he was briefed at the TAFEP seminar. This ensures that they get a head start in preparing, what is to come. The proposals discussed were older workers working beyond their retirement age of 62 and a wider scope of coverage to protect Executives in cases of salary disputes and/or dismissal.

By Michelle Yeo

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