Maureen Katusiime is a Human Resource Officer at Solar Now, a leading solar company in Uganda
Great Vision Without Great People Is Irrelevant so says a celebrate author and management consultant Jim Collins. The human resource is the most foundamental resource for the success of any organization. In today's Career Spotlight we caugh up with Maureen Katusiime, A Human Resource Officer at Solar Now and she shared some deep career insights about Human Resource in the context of the work place. This is what we asked
I initially had no idea what course to take at the university but eventually i talked to my sister's friend who owns a recruitment firm and she advised me to do Industrial&Organisational Psychology which she explained at the time might not be understood in the Uganda career field but will later emerge as a need in many organisations.I felt it was a good idea given my personality and need to interact and solve problems head on.
Human Resource Management and Industrial psychology both deal with people in the work place.The only difference is that Human Resource Management focuses alot on the work place processes and policies while Industrial Psychology involves understanding employees' behavior in the work place and why they perform the way they do and relate it to the HR processes.Industrial Psychology inter-connects HR processes with human behavior to ensure a high productivity in the work place.
What i like about my job is that it is not a monotonous job.Every day has a new challenge and it gives me ground to provide different solutions to different challenges.It also creates a learning environment for my career growth.
What i do not like about my job is that when you make one mistake,it affects a large number of people in the organisation.
Most of these skills develop over time and also one needs to be passionate and have the ability to put into practice the theory learnt in school.
My salary was doubled after 3 months into this company.I was proud to be part of a team that appreciates effort and hard work.As a Human resource Officer i take pride in my role as a payroll officer when salary is paid on time. When i help an employee improve performance or when an employee with my guidance makes the right career move!
In the Industrial psychology field,i see this role evolving into a more people centered approach than an autocratic approach because human beings are dynamic.You cannot force them to stay in one place.Therefore recruitment,performance management,Rewards and recognition.etc. will be different.
Today an employee might be happy getting a certificate for good service but in the future with a generation that asks "Why" you could see the rewards going to a course in a particular field,a coach,a mentor.etc.OR even people moving to a professional approach to building sustainable businesses and at this time,HR will be crucial in determining the trend of these changes.
My personal advice would be if you want to join the HR movement.You need to be passionate about people,understand them,relate with them and enjoy the role.