Public Service discusses ways to improve HR practices


The Department of Public Service and Administration [DPSA] met to discuss improving human resource management at their second HR forum.

The two-day forum which was held in Port Elizabeth, was attended by Human Resource managers and deputies in the public service.

"Delegates indicated that this forum should take place on a quarterly basis as part of the roll-out of interventions to improve the HRM (human resource management) function in the Public Service.

"However, due to capacity constraints, it is not feasible to arrange the forum on a quarterly basis and it is proposed that the forum takes place, at most, twice a year,' the department said.

This could be done by ensuring that there was one meeting every year where the focus is on the day-to-day human resource management challenges and another where the focus would be more on strategic matters aligned with Government?s programme of action, the department added.

The department said among the forum?s aims was the discussion of its new policy initiatives.

"The main reason for this is that the DPSA is currently involved in a number of new policy initiatives such as strengthening the human resource function, the review of the SMS and the Single Public Service that should be shared with departments.'

The forum also aimed to continuously support and build capacity of human resource managers through sharing of information and best practice models.

The forum also looked at learning networks to improve service delivery;

capacitate human resource managers on current human resource developments that impact on service delivery in the Public Service;
and ensuring that human resource managers in the Public Service have a complete understanding of Public Service human resource policies and are able to translate them into implementable programmes.

The first forum was held last year in Johannesburg. The department said the re-establishment of the Human Resource Forum is also in line with one of the recommendations made to improve the human resource management function in the public service.