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IPM to work on a national human resources strategy

Tim Ekandjo, founder and president of the Institute of People Management of Namibia (IPM).Tim Ekandjo, founder and president of IPM, says the institute has achieved many milestones in its one-year history.
Established at the beginning of 2011, the Institute of People Management of Namibia, has made remarkable strides and already boast a membership of over 100 individual and corporate members, he said.
“We have taken a number of resolutions at the November, 2011 IPM Convention which will form part of the IPM’s strategic objectives for 2012. At the top of our agenda is to immediately start working on the formulation of a National Human Resource Management strategy for Namibia, something we still do not have,” said Ekandjo.
He added that for any country to succeed, there should be a national HR strategy which spells out how the country will address critical human capital development issues and how it plans to respond to the challenges.
“It is therefore of paramount importance that we finalize this piece of document with the assistance of all relevant stakeholders. We have also tasked all IPM members to play a more active role in preparing graduates and University students by assisting them with the necessary work experience that they need. We have adopted the slogan, “Making every organization a training ground for students” which we plan to implement in 2012,” Ekandjo added.
He also said that of importance on IPM’s agenda is to sensitize key decision makers to review the membership composition of their board of directors to ensure that the majority of the boards have a professional HR representative that can advice the boerd on people development issues.
“We therefore implore the appointing authorities to seriously consider this recommendation,” he said.
Ekandjo urged all HR professionals to protect the integrity and professionalism of the profession. Recent reports of HR professionals being accused of making sexual favours part of their criteria for assessing job suitability , is embarrassing and reflects on all in the profession, he said.
“We cannot allow this to continue and I urge applicants that are subjected to such behaviour to report such incidences to IPM Namibia who will deal with those individuals,” Ekandjo said.

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