To have a strong corporate emphasis in our taught courses, it has always been a priority to have strong links with the industry. The Faculty of business Administration understands that in order to produce graduates of international caliber, we need to have the inputs from the experienced corporate professionals and to have them interact with our students on a frequent basis.
Keeping this mindset in view, from the Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of business Administration, a guest from the corporate sector was invited to be a guest lecturer in the class of Performance Appraisal Management on October 16, 2018. The guest was Mr. Shahariar Rahman, Manager, Human Resource Department, Pathao. Pathao is a Bangladeshi transportation network company headquartered in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It operates services in 3 main cities of Bangladesh: Dhaka, Chittagong, and Sylhet along with several suburbs of Dhaka and Chittagong. Besides ride-sharing services, it has ventures in E-commerce, merchant, courier and food delivery services.
Mr. Rahman discussed that to be taken seriously as HR professionals, we need to be relevant to our audience. To be relevant to the organizational leaders and executives we serve, we need to understand and adopt the goals and objectives of the organization and make them our goals and objectives. To do this requires that we directly link our HR strategies to the strategies – and ultimately the success – of the business we are serving.
He also explained that the traditional performance management systems often fail to deliver desired business objectives because communications from the top are not always clearly understood further down the line, leading to a mismatch between corporate strategy and how it is translated into targets at a team or individual level. Then, if the business goals and strategy and the employee motivation and culture are not in harmony, results certainly suffer. This missing link can be complemented by the strategic performance management (SPM) approach.
It was a very fruitful session and the students enjoyed it thoroughly as the speaker had a very accessible attitude and persona. The session was followed by a Q & A round. At the end, coordinator of the Department of Management & HRM, Ms. Samia Shabnaz, Senior Assistant Professor, delivered a vote of thanks and presented the guests with the souvenir. The program was arranged and organized by the course faculty, Ms. Hafsa Maryam, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Management & HRM.