Crack whip on illegal human resource practitioners – Baffour Awuah

The Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) has been challenged to crack the whip on illegal human resource (HR) practitioners in the country to uphold the integrity of the profession.

“Any person that calls himself an HR should be accredited by the Institute so we can take out quacks who are practising. People are taking the job of HR for granted and mistaken it as one that can be practised by anyone at all.

People call themselves HR managers yet do not have any training to that effect and we should strengthen efforts at effectively regulating the practice,” Minister of Labour and Employment Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah stressed.

He made the call in Accra yesterday at the launch of the Human Resource Service Providers Association of Ghana (GHRASP), an alliance of top HR firms in the country to harness efforts at streamlining HR to improve the world of work.

The association also intends to, among others, be at the forefront of influencing positively government policies relating to human resource development and service provision on the labour front.

The minister raised concern over ‘emotional abuses’ and human rights violations suffered by workers in several companies, particularly workers outsourced by HR companies.

“We mostly perceive work safety as physical but we must look at the emotional aspects as well. For instance, you don’t just call a worker and tell him to the face that you are sacked or ignore a worker bereaved; these attitudes affect the world of work,” he observed.

Mr Awuah thus entreated the association to use its medium to champion the rights of workers and improve their lot to promote a safer working environment in the country.

Dr Mrs Ellen Hagan, President of GHRASP noted that ‘system lapses’ in the HR practice, accounts for impostors that had infiltrated the profession.

“There are genuine issues of non-payment of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions, withholding tax by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) among others that effect employers and employees and we will ensure that the right thing is done,” she said.

Dr Hagan who is also Chief Executive Officer of L’AINE Services, urged all other stakeholders to rally behind the vision of the association to propel highest standards in the HR practice.

By Abigail Annoh

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