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Role of human resources changing

Update: December, 01/2012 - 09:45

HCM CITY (VNS)— Human resources (HR) management assumes greater importance in times of economic difficulties and becomes key to a company's competitiveness and survival, experts said at seminar yesterday.

Addressing a year-end seminar organised by Talentnet Corporation, a leading HR service provider in Viet Nam, Tieu Yen Trinh, its general director, said that historically, the HR department has been viewed as an administrative overhead.

"But the role of the HR department is changing nowadays," she said.

HR practitioners cannot focus only on manpower management, they must also understand and engage in the business operations of their companies before they can map out appropriate HR strategies to serve their companies' development.

Change management, talent management as well as the ability to create a good working environment are among the skills that CEOs expect from HR staffers, she said.

"If we look at the market, enterprises investing in people and in HR management usually achieve great success," Trinh said.

Good HR management has therefore become indispensable for a company's development, she told the seminar that marked the company's fifth-year anniversary.

She noted that local companies were paying more attention to making their HR management more professional.

"I believe that in the coming time, HR management systems at local companies will match that of the region and the world," she said.

Ajit Nambiar, APAC head of Compensation and Benefits for Google Inc, shared with seminar participants insights and information about his company's policies and approaches to recruiting, developing and retaining talent.

About 1,000 representatives of local and foreign companies attended the seminar. — VNS

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