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The Montego Bay chapter of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ), was officially launched at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, on April 6.
Members include human resource professionals and practitioners, management consultants, teachers, project leaders and business advisors.
Addressing the launching ceremony, HEART Trust/NTA Regional Manager, Merton Jones, emphasized that human resource management was necessary now more than ever, due to the competitive forces that have to be faced today and in the future. He said that these forces demanded organizational excellence as the norm.
“We can achieve this excellence by focusing on continuous learning, on quality, on teamwork, and in many instances, re-engineer the way organizations get things done,” he said.
Mr. Jones pointed out that human resource management would help all concerned in facing the competitive challenges that would be presented by the introduction of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), from globalization and from technology.
He stressed that each staff member within an organization needed some form of support during his or her employment, and that Human Resource Managers must be able to guide staff in their career path, to develop all the necessary skills to achieve high results in the workplace.
Mr. Jones said he was confident that the move to launch a chapter of HRMAJ in Montego Bay would provide the support and encouragement needed by local human resource practitioners to fast track the development processes in their organizations.
Senior Vice President of Human Resource at the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica Limited, and Chairman of the Finance and Planning Committee of HRMAJ, Michael Jones, said that in today’s Jamaica, human resource management had a place at the strategy table. He said the practice has been labeled, among many other things, “the keeper of the conscience of the organization”.
He added that governance could only be helped when different disciplines were brought together to oversee the affairs of institutions. “As human resource managers, we must continue to find ways to stand as a buffer against the situational management practices that sometimes undermines the life of organizations in both the private and public sectors,” he added.
The Montego Bay chapter of HRMAJ is the first chapter to be formed outside of Kingston.