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HR conference to address workforce preparation

Guardian Business Reporter

Published: Oct 18, 2013

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President of the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHRDA) Rachel Rolle said the industry is challenged to ensure that employees are in a “state of readiness”.

As a human resources professional, Rolle said it’s a challenge that she encounters on a daily basis.

“Sometimes within our organizations, we are looking for employees to advance but they are not where they need to be, so most times the organizations would advertise internally but then you have to go external because you don’t have all of the expertise,” she said to Guardian Business.

“Because again, employees don’t want to invest in and develop themselves.  I think it’s the Bahamian mindset to wait for the organization to make that investment but as HR professionals across the board, we see that as a challenge.”

Next week, the BHRDA will host its 23rd annual HR Conference and Awards under the theme, “HR… Shaping the Future”.

Conference speakers will include Kim Ades, Wayne Munroe, Robert Farquharson, Denise Wilson, Delmaro Duncombe, Marisa Mason-Smith, Thomas Epsky and Obie Ferguson.

“We are looking at preparing ourselves and the general workforce for what’s coming with the new developments that are going on around town.  We are looking at workforce readiness in general,” Rolle said.

“Are we ready as a people?  We need to begin to regroup, retrain, reinvest in the organizations and ourselves.  It’s the people that make up the organization, so we have to take a different approach.  We need to be ready for the future.”

The two-day conference takes places October 24-25 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and will conclude with an awards presentation.

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