HR Focus has successfully organized the 5th HR Focus Conference and Awards. The events took place at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Banquet Hall – Statehouse on the 12th and 13th of October respectively. The Conference and Awards saw various industry players, stakeholders, and students come together to deliberate on issues affecting the world of work, inspire innovation and ingenuity, and to award excellence in HR practice.
The event comprised the Websoft Solutions HR Forum, Career Development Session and Business Challenge, and the HR Focus Awards alongside corporate exhibitions.
Websoft Solutions HR Forum and Speakers
The Websoft Solutions HR Forum brought together over 500 corporate executives and professionals to discuss issues in the world of work around the theme “The Future of HR; Talent and Culture.” The first speaker, Kobina Ata-Bedu, CEO of United Wealth Limited, addressed the professionals gathered on the topic, “Wealth Management, Getting the Best from your Talent.” He spoke on the need to place value on talent in order to generate value.
The second speaker, Taaka Awori, Managing Director of Busara Africa, addressed the topic “Shifting Organisational Culture through Innovative HR Leadership” and spoke about the key role an organisation’s culture plays in advancing the institution into its desired vision or future. The third speaker, Anne-Magriet Schoeman, Country lead of Mercer Consulting, presented on the topic: “HR in a Globally-Diverse Workforce and Technologically Savvy Employees.” She positioned the minds of professionals on being forward-thinkers and to embrace new trends in order to remain relevant in the world of work. These discussions yielded a fruitful and interactive discussions between the executives gathered.
Career Development Session
The Career Development session, which sought to equip students, job seekers and young business executives with the necessary tools for career advancement had engaging speeches from Rev. Celia Apeagyei-Collins, founder of Rehoboth Foundation and Mr. Michael Adjei-Djan, CEO of African Concrete Products. Their speeches incited participants to move beyond their scope and improve themselves to be of higher value to institutions. Topics presented were: “Self-Leadership – The Winning Factor,” and “Building your Employable Skills.”
Mr. Michael Adjei-Djan, CEO of African Concrete Products giving a talk at the Career Development Session
The Career Development session ended with the HR Focus Business Challenge, which saw participants from Wisconsin University College, University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Pentecost University College, and University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) competing for first place. The challenge saw each school working to solve a business case. Judges then adjudicated and gave a few pointers to help the students in their individual career exploits.
Team Pentecost University College Team Wisconsin University College
Team UGBS Team UPSA
In the end Pentecost University College emerged winner of the Business Challenge, proving their entrepreneurial and strategic prowess. University of Professional Studies came up as 1st runner up, Wisconsin University College as 2nd runner up and University of Ghana Business School placed 4th in the Business Challenge.
MTN Ghana exhibition stand Ozone exhibition stand
Awake exhibition stand Bond Savings & Loans exhibition stand
The event also included corporate exhibitions, where various organisations exhibited their products and services to participants.
HR Focus Awards 2017
The HR Focus Awards 2017 crowned the conference with a grand and classy celebration at the banquet hall on 13th October 2017. This year’s events meted out over 22 prestigious awards across all industries, rewarding the HR Function in various institutions for exceptional work over the past two years.
In a speech at the awards, Mr. Kwesi Agyeman Busia, the Chief Executive of DVLA said, “HR Focus Magazine has performed a laudable feat, consciously awarding the broadening scope of HR in the various fields of work.”
Also in attendance was the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, who presented the “Employer of Choice” Award.
MTN Ghana receiving an award
At the end of the night, MTN Ghana came out as the “Overall Best Company in HR Management” in Ghana, with Mrs. Ama Benneh-Amponsah of MTN Ghana taking home the award for HR Practitioner of the year. Below is the list of awards won by the various companies who participated in HR Focus Awards 2017.
HR Management in Financial Services – Fidelity Bank
Best HR Management in Hospitality – Accra City Hotel
Best HR Management in Energy & Natural Resources – Tullow Oil
Best HR Management in Telecommunication and IT – MTN Ghana
Best HR Management in the SME Sector – Herbalife
Best Organization in Learning & Development – Vodafone Ghana
Best Organization in Employee Relations – Vodafone Ghana
Best Organization in Rewards Management – Barclays Bank
Best Organization in Performance Management – Airtel Ghana
Best Organization in Recruitment & Selection – Vodafone Ghana
Best Organization in HR Information Systems – MTN Ghana
Best Organization in Organizational Culture – MTN Ghana
Employer of Choice – MTN Ghana
Most Promising Organization in HR Practice – Amaris Terminal
Promising HR Management in the Public Sector – Food & Drugs Authority
Promising HR Management in the Finance Sector – Omni Bank
Promising HR Management in the Healthcare Sector – Lister Hospital
Promising Organization in HR Information Systems – Genser Energy
Promising Organization in Recruitment & Selection – Old Mutual
Promising Organization in Performance Management – Expro Gulf
The HR Focus conference and Awards 2017 was proudly sponsored by Websoft Solutions, The First Group, Mercer, British Council, GCB, Barclays, Unibank, United Wealth, Interactive HRM. Other sponsors include: Starlife, Bond Financial Services, TXT Ghana, Focus Digital, L’AINE services, Ozone, Crystal Oasis, Awake Mineral Water, Zoomlion, Mido Production, ACP, and Ecobank. Media partners included: TV3, Daily Graphic, Ghana Web, 3fm, Citifm.