workforce key to success, management expert
By Thushara Matthias
A foreign management expert has called on businesses and other organizations
to pay special attention to their employees, saying they will benefit
immensely from having a contended workforce.
an expert in “ Whole Brain Management” and “Talent
Management”, said Human Resource Development was particularly
important in the context of Sri Lanka, as a country just emerging
from a turbulent period.
resources are an asset. It has to be developed or else it will depreciate.
Talent has to be identified and then nurtured. Or else it will go
elsewhere or die,” Dr. Shephard said in an interview with
the Sunday Times FT.
the Managing Director of Brain Dominance Technologies Sdn.Bhd, was
in Colombo to address a two-day workshop on ”People Power
2002". The workshop covered a wide array of subjects such as
talent management, creativity and innovation as a tool for generating
sustainable competitive advantage and strategic management.
It was organised
by People Power International (Pvt) Ltd and Brain Dominance Technologies
Sdn.Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and sponsored by Ceylinco Insurance
Co.Ltd. Taking the example of a seed growing into a healthy tree
if sunlight, water and fertilizer are received on time, Shephard
compared it to Human Resource Development (HRD).
that organisations should carefully draw up a strategic plan to
develop human resources. Management should understand the importance
of HRD, he added. The employees should be given the opportunity
of trying out everything and discovering what they are best at.
In this way the organisation will benefit immensely and the employee
too will be satisfied without being bored at work.
ties up with Apollo Hospitals
Insurance, Sri Lanka’s largest private sector insurance company,
has joined hands with Apollo Hospitals to offer value-added benefits
free of charge to families and members of corporate accounts who
are covered by its Suwa Sampatha, a company spokesman, All
Suwa Sampatha policyholders are entitled to a complimentary lifetime
registration with Unique Hospital Identification to all Apollo Hospitals
A free ambulance
service will be made available to customers within Colombo city
limits for emergency admission to Apollo Hospital. Also patients
are guaranteed a room within the shortest possible time. Furthermore,
all ‘Suwa Sampatha’ membership cardholders will have
a special facilitation desk at the Hospital.
Also customers will be invited to lectures conducted by Apollo to
educate clients on common diseases and lifestyle modification practices.
Sampatha health insurance covers hospitalization expenses, out patient
treatment, laboratory tests, emergency transport to hospitals, and
other specialized services.
NDB Bank in
has opened another full-service branch at Nawala road, Nugegoda.
“As a much sought after residential area and fast developing
hub of commercial activity, we selected Nugegoda as a prime location
for one of our first sub-urban branches”, said NDB Bank’s
Chairman, S. K. Wickremesinghe.
The branch will
be fully networked with the head office, so transactions will be
updated on-line and in real time. It will also be equipped with
NDB Bank’s touch-screen Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which
uses web-based technology that will enable a host of innovative
features in the future.
covers social, economic issues
Professor Sirimevan S. Colombage,
(Former Director of Statistics, Central
Bank of Sri Lanka.)
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Open University
of Sri Lanka (OUSL) recently launched the maiden issue of its annual
journal, VISTAS. This is an outcome of the Faculty’s continuing
commitment to enhance its research and teaching capabilities.
With the rapid
pace of global integration, the social, cultural, technological
and economic landscape of Sri Lanka has been changing swiftly. Although
these changes have facilitated the socio-economic progress of the
country in general, there have been a negative fall-out as well.
gap between the rich and the poor, digital divide, deteriorating
quality of education, inadequate skills development, social inequity,
poverty, human rights violations, youth unrest, child abuse, violence
and drug addiction are some of the problems faced by our society
today. A proper understanding of these emerging quandaries is needed
to find ways and means to deal with such adverse consequences.
community has an obligation, in addition to its routine functions,
to investigate these problems and to create public awareness. Regrettably,
there is a severe dearth of such research in Sri Lanka. Therefore,
the universities, in particular, have been criticized for the paucity
of research and their inability to contribute to national-level
policy making. In this context, the path-breaking initiative taken
by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the OUSL not
only to inspire such research but also to disseminate its research
findings to a wider audience through this journal is commendable.
contains several research papers and a few research communications.
They cover a wide array of current issues including teaching techniques,
youth empowerment, gender equity, children’s rights, human
rights and poverty.
Several authors have focused on various teaching methods in their
papers in this journal.
In her paper,
Dinali Devendra looks at the readability of a text on the comprehension
of a particular type of cohesion, called reference, in teaching
English as a secondary language. Based on a sample survey of students
in the post-graduate diploma education programme of the OUSL, T.S.
Fernando concludes that a majority of the students indicate an improvement
of their teaching competence.
the tutor comments on essay type assignments of the same diploma
programme, Dayalatha Lekamge and Swarna Jayatilleke make several
recommendations to improve the programme. Anne Gold, Elanie Unterhalter
and Louise Morley of the University of London, in their paper, have
addressed the question of managing gender balance in higher education
across the Commonwealth.
As regards human
rights, the paper by Asoka Silva sheds light on the European Convention
on Human Rights. He analyzes the political background that gave
rise to the Convention, and also examines the rights and freedoms
guaranteed by the Convention. Rohana Ratnayake, in his presentation,
looks at the problems of representing children’s rights in
has not ignored the socioeconomic problems faced by the country
today. Recognizing the need to integrate youth into development
programmes as a means to poverty alleviation as well as to conflict
prevention, Markus Mayer investigates the potential of social science
graduates to act as facilitators of development activities. Upali
Vidanapathirana examines the nexus between poverty and indebtedness
in two peasant communities using micro-level data.
communications contained in this volume have focused on labour in
small tea holdings (by A. S. Chandrabose), students’ perceptions
and reactions (by D. Devendra and V. Medawattegedera), gender analysis
of managers (by R.M.J. George), web-based learning materials (by
S. Karunanayake) and second language academic listening comprehension
(by V. Medawattegedera).
Given the diversity
of issues covered and their in-depth analysis, VISTAS will provide
valuable reference material for teachers, students, researchers
and policy makers.
A number of journals were launched by the universities and various
research organizations in Sri Lanka in the past, but many of them
failed to continue for long owing to various reasons. I sincerely
hope that the same fate will not fall upon this valued journal.