HR Standards project launched to turn labour turmoil around

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The HR professional and quality assurance body of South Africa, the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) has launched  the most exciting national HR project in South Africa ever –  the creation of the first set of national HR Standards at the HR Standards Development Summit on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 in Johannesburg.

Says Marius Meyer, SABPP Chief Executive Officer: “In extensive consultations with senior HR professionals throughout South Africa last year following the Marikana massacre, we identified the lack of national HR Standards as a major obstacle to establishing sustainable HR professionalism and sound people practices in the country.”  The following problems were identified:

  • An absence, variance or lack of HR Standards at company, sector and national level;
  • Inconsistencies in the way in which HR is practised;
  • Concerns about the vastly different models consultants and “experts” suggest to organisations;
  • The absence of national HR benchmarks for the purpose of benchmarking and pursuing best practices;
  • The variance in standards has resulted in HR professionals generally being taken less seriously than other professionals at companies.

A set of 13 national Standards titles has already been brainstormed by HR Directors and it is now time for HR directors to get together and generate the necessary standards. The standards are strategic HR management, HR risk management, talent management, workforce planning, learning and development, performance management, reward, employment relations, wellness, HR technology, organisation development, HR service delivery and HR measurement. These areas are critical in improving the quality of people practices in organisations.

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The purpose of the national HR standards Development initiative, therefore, is to formulate a consistent set of HR Standards for South Africa, including all areas of specialisation. While still recognising unique operating contexts, industry and company differences, national standards will create a consistent framework for high quality HR work practised by true professionals throughout the country. All participating HR Directors, their companies and professional bodies will be acknowledged as the pioneers in setting HR standards for South Africa.

Siphiwe Moyo, Chairman of SABPP adds: “I trust that HR Directors will join this special project and share their excitement regarding the strategic significance of this project for South Africa.  In fact, proper HR standards can add meaningful value to the current focus on integrated reporting.”  

Any enquiries about the project can be directed to the CEO of SABPP, Marius Meyer on marius@sabpp.co.za.

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