HR practitioners say departments are grossly underfunded
By Standard Reporter
| Dec 23rd 2021 | 2 min read
HR practitioners in the country have decried the underfunding of the Human Resource (HR) function despite its critical role in the economy.
Speaking at the recent HR Awards and gala dinner in Nairobi, the practitioners called on the government to recognise the HR contribution to the growth of the country and allocate more resources to it.
Institute of Human Resource Management Council Chairman Joseph Onyango also urged organisations to mainstream their HR activities with technology to achieve the optimum in their economic output.
“To achieve our mandate as HR regulators, we have realised that technology is intertwined with our activities and incorporated it into our function as a leading trend to achieve the required results,” said Mr Onyango (pictured). Eliud Owalo, who was admitted as an IHRM fellow, said the HR function is integral in the growth of the economy.
“HR in any organisation plays an integral role. If it is about strategic planning - which is the basis of everything that happens in the organisation - HR is the key thematic area. When you talk about organisational restructuring, HR is at the core of it,” said Mr Owalo.
“When undertaking job evaluation in an organisation, HR function facilitates everything. When you are talking about undertaking training needs assessment, HR is the key driver of that. So as an HR practitioner, I am happy the HR function is actually getting its place within the Kenyan corporate world.”
He said the HR profession has not been accorded its due recognition because of misplaced priorities in many workplaces and in government.
“Whenever there are budgetary cuts, the first place that’s targeted is the HR; Whether they are downsizing staff, rationalisation or cutting down training and capacity building interventions within the organisation, the HR is the first to feel the weight,” said Owalo.
During the event, Isuzu East Africa HR Director Fred Wasike won the HR Director of the year Award.
Since the enactment of the Human Resources Professionals Management Act and the introduction of the certification process, it has entrenched professionalism in HR in the country,” said Mr Wasike.
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