Today October 8 is being celebrated as Human Resource Professional Day. The day was first referenced as HR Day by the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen on October 8, 2013 and on October 1, 2018 a Proclamation from the Deputy Governor General, Alvin Ridout Fuller made it an annual celebration.
The week of activities, which is being hosted by the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ), kicked off its week on Sunday with a church service at the Webster Memorial United Church in St. Andrew.
According to President of HRMAJ, Karl Williams, who is also the Senior Vice President of Group Human Resources and Corporate Sales & Services at Sagicor Group Jamaica, HR Professional Day and HR Week is to recognise and celebrate human resource professionals and practitioners who play an integral role in ensuring organisations’ success by nurturing and developing human capital.
“The HR role is a dynamic and challenging one, yet is rewarding as it encompasses the management of the most valuable and valued asset in every organisation – its people”, Williams added.
During the week of celebration HRMAJ is especially encouraging employers to plan activities to treat and recognise their HR team members.
“At HRMAJ, our role during HR week is to bring the HR profession to the forefront of the minds of the Jamaican employers and to positively contribute to the image and continuous development of the occupation”, Williams noted.
As part of the activities for the week, HRMAJ will also be hosting a public lecture at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites on Thursday October 11 starting at 6:00 p.m. and a blood drive on Saturday October 13 at the National Chest Hospital between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.