Most modern Human Resources principles are based on ideas that originate from developed western countries. No matter how applicable those principles are, it is important to adapt these principles accordingly to the cultural nuances that are present in the local context to ensure its effectiveness. Simply put, conceptualising HR practices in Asia by replicating practices from US, or European countries, in their entirety is ineffective.
Case in point. What are the factors to look into when we want to establish an office in Indonesia? How do we go about attracting the top talents from the universities in Vietnam? How can we enable flexible work arrangements in the Philippines? How can we maximise productivity in view of the foreign-local talent quota in Singapore? The list simply goes on.
To address this issue, ThriveInAsia.com (also known as TiA) was created in mid-December 2015 to serve as a non-profit platform where HR professionals are able to share advice and thoughts that they have gathered from their experiences in Asia. This website enables HR professionals working in Asia to publish quality HR writings for fellow professionals to learn from, interact with fellow professionals online and offline. As we learn from one another, we have the vision of not only creating a close-knit HR community in Asia, but for all of us to become better HR professionals.
What's unique about ThriveInAsia.com - Writing and Engaging
TIA is all about substance over form. We share relevant and practical HR writings from fellow HR practitioners in Asia, with no information clutter that dilutes the true value of the content. Furthermore, this website has a few differentiating features, such as the ability for readers to comment, like or share contributors' writings. In addition, readers are not bombarded with commercial advertisements, ever, and content contributors will have an avenue to link readers back to their professional LinkedIn profiles.
An active Community of Practice requires people to come together, to engage one another face-to-face. On this, we are proud to inform that we held the first TIA gathering in partnership with LinkedIn in March 2016. There will be more gatherings organised by TiA Community Leaders in different cities across Asia, as more volunteers stepped up to contribute to our cause.
Lastly, TIA co-founders are currently working on enabling an online platform for fellow community members to engage one another actively, cutting across geographical boundaries.
Ready to contribute? Start contributing to your HR fraternity now
The most effective means for HR professionals to develop their HR capabilities is via the following: 70% of our time spent on practicing our craft, 20% of their time spent on engaging or sharing with fellow practitioners, and 10% of our time on learning from different sources. TIA serves as a meaningful platform in attending to the latter two avenues of development. Lets not wait any further, participate in TiA now. It can be a simple LIKE or article comment, engaging one another via gatherings or online platforms.
Click on the following button to register as our Community Member. Our membership is growing, and we look forward in having you to join our cause.
See you soon, from the inside!
Ben Whitter, Benny Rachmadin, Catherine "Cathy" F. Herrera-Hung, Christina Ambarwati, Laurence Smith, Manikandan Gurumurthy, Monir Azzouzi, Ong Chuon Yan, and Bambang Yapri.