At the recently held event dubbed, HR Mix&Mingle, organised by HR Focus Magazine, the HR Focus Conference and Awards 2017 has been launched. It was launched with a call on organisations and individuals to send in their nominations to vie for any of the 20 categories that make up the awards this year.
The HR Mix&Mingle was organised ahead of this year’s HR Focus Conference and brought together HR professionals to unwind, relax and engage in discussions on the theme, “HR and Wellness: My Contribution.” This event took place on the 19th of May 2017 at the Aviation Social Centre, and was sponsored by MTN in partnership with C&J Medicare Hospital, Allure, Herbalife, Nourish Lab, Delcielo, Decathlon, First Choice Hair and Beauty, Welllink Physiotherapy Service, Starlife, Nyaho Medical Center, and Aviation Social Centre.
Mrs. Amma Benneh-Amponsah, the HR Executive of MTN welcomed participants in an address centered on how institutions should adopt wellness strategies to prevent illness. She cited MTN as an example, explaining the different interventions introduced to mitigate sick leaves, depression, deaths, etc. She explained that if wellness programs were embraced by institutions, it would go a long way to increase productivity and reduce staff costs.
On wellness, Dr. Joyce Djabatey, the CEO of C&J Medicare Centre addressed the professionals present on “the role of HR in Championing Employee Wellness.” She highlighted how HR Managers can encourage their firms’ workers to maintain a lifestyle of good health to boost productivity in the workplace. Mrs. Gauri Bhagwat also spoke on “Health Safety and Wellness – A Mandate for ISO Management Systems.”
Participants were given experiences including eye tests, massages, skin and hair diagnoses, BMI checks, body and health assessments, healthy snacks and many assorted health products. There was also an aerobic session for all participants.
In an interview with CEO of HR Focus Magazine, Dr. Mrs. Ellen Hagan, she mentioned that people, being every firm’s greatest asset must make it a priority to ensure that every worker is enjoying the best of health. She explained that once your workers are unwell, your business on a whole will be unwell; “a healthy workforce is a productive workforce.” On the HR Focus Conference and Awards, she said this is an opportunity for organisations to showcase their HR best practice and for HR practitioners to come together to provide innovative solutions to issues affecting the world of work.
The HR Focus Conference and Awards 2017 takes place over two days: the 12th and 13th of October 2017. On Day 1 of the event, HR practitioners and business leaders will deliberate on issues affecting the world of work at the HR Forum. Shortly afterwards on the same day, the Career Development Session and business Challenge will take place to help equip students, jobseekers and young workers with tools necessary for career development. All this will take place at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. On the second day, the HR Focus Awards, to be held at the Accra international Conference Centre, will recognize and award those who have distinguished themselves in HR Best Practice over the last two years.