Escalate hosts HR meet

  • The Kathmandu Post Escalate brings together members of the HR Society Nepal for a round-table on the country’s best HR practices
- ALISHA SIJAPATI, Kathmandu
HR personnel need to have knowledge, skills and the right aptitude—Kumar JoshiPresident of the HR SocietyIf nepotism was once widespread, it’s no longer relevant today —Shailendra Raj GiriManaging Director at merojob.comYoung people these days want fast results. They want more money and are very aggressive — Shalav RisalSenior HR and OD Manager at PSI Nepal

May 30, 2016-On May 25, The Kathmandu Post Escalate organised a HR Meet for professionals working in the field of Human Resources Management in the country. The event, which was attended by members of the HR Society Nepal, aimed to discuss the issues and challenges faced by the human resources sector in the country and its possible solutions. 

“The focal point of the HR Meet is to bridge the gap between the HR Society and the media and also to try and resolve the issues human resources professionals are going through,” said Mahesh Swar, AGM of Kantipur Media Group. “We, through our Escalate page, and as a media group, will zero in our focus on addressing human resource issues and help spread the word to the public,” he added. 

“Human resource personnel need to have knowledge, skills, attitude, technical skills and the right aptitude,” said Kumar Joshi, President of the HR Society. “The main idea of establishing this HR Society was to strengthen the human resources sector in the country, to bring solutions and strengthen the areas where we are weak,” he asserted. 

During the event, questions over retention, recruitment and nepotism were raised. Shailendra Raj Giri, Managing Director at merojob.com, said, “Earlier there weren’t many educated people in the country and there was a lot of nepotism and we hired people on the basis of that but now, things have changed—it has become competitive; there are more competent applicants vying for the same position.” In addition, Shalav Risal, Senior HR and OD Manager at PSI Nepal, said, “Young people these days want fast results. They want more money and are very aggressive. Many even blame organisations for hiring personal contacts; this is false.” Following this, Swar too said, “When I find a qualified candidate through vacancies published in newspapers, and if he/she is more qualified than someone who has been recommended to me, I will definitely prefer the one who has more qualification.”

Speaking during the event, Rupesh Shrestha, Professor at Himalayan White House College, mentioned, “We provide an education to our students that gives an exposure about what HR departments of organisations demand from them. Also, we teach our students to be more flexible and be ready to take over any kind of responsibility.”  

One of the most interesting discussions held during the event was: Why do youth prefer the banking sector over others? Clarifying the statement, Amit Sharma, who works in the sector, mentioned, “Banking sector is very transparent, you know how much you’ll get paid, the bonuses and also,  the position you’ll be in the future, hence, this particular sector will always be in demand.” In addition, Chudamani Parajuli, Assistant Manager-Personnel and Administration at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, too mentioned that youth also prefer the hotel management sector, and fierce competition has increased drastically over the years. 

As the Nepali market begins to catch up to the best practices across the world, the role the HR sector plays in the future is sure to grow as well. With that in mind, conversations like these will continue to shape the direction and influence the sector plays in the years to come.

Published: 30-05-2016 08:45

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