Over 100 human resource professionals in Rwanda are meeting in Kigali to discuss and share experiences on how to transform and create organisational culture that boosts and promotes employee productivity, wellbeing and performance. The discussions are happening at the ongoing Human Resources Management Training Conference. The two days training conference is organised under the theme: “Transforming Corporate Culture and Effective Talent Sourcing”. It is organised by Rwanda Human Resources Management Organisation (RHRMO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA) and will run from March 30 to 31, 2022. Delegates follow a panel discussion session at the ongoing Human Resources Management Training Conference in Kigali on March 30. Courtesy The forum aims to examine the latest tools and global best practices that help organisations and companies to create a culture that drives strategy execution. Opening the workshop, the representative from the Ministry of Public Service and Labour, Comfort Mbabazi, said that the training was in line with the country’s vision of establishing Rwanda as a globally competitive knowledge-based economy. Aaron Turamye, the Vice Chairman of Rwanda Human Resources Management Organisation, said that the conference will look at global based practices in terms of enabling corporate culture that drives organisational performance. “Many companies in Rwanda struggle to create organisational culture that drives productivity and employee wellbeing and in situations where organizational cultures exist, many staff do not embrace it. For many organisations, employees tend to retain individual diverse behaviours that are not aligned to the organization vision, mission and values,” he said. Through this conference, Turamye added that participants will be trained on how to make staff attitude and behaviours be aligned to the overall values of the organization. “This will help us set shared values, attitudes, goals, leadership practices, and communication styles in our organizations, embraced and practised by all staff,” he added. In a bid to drive human resources professionals in the country, Rwanda Human Resources Management Organization, in partnership with other international and regional human resource firms launched a human resource certification programme during the two-day workshop to enable people who did not study human resources to undertake its professional programs so that they can practice it in a standard way. Jocelyne Uwamahoro, the Head of Human Resources at Rwanda Energy Group (REG), said that this conference is helping her gain more skills on how to transform corporate culture and talent sourcing in her company which is a necessity in each organization. About talent sourcing, Uwamahoro clarified that she’s looking up to learn more about it because it is still challenging to transform people from different backgrounds and cultures and make them have one goal, especially in a big organization like the one she works for. “This is a good development, especially in the era of covid-19 when employees have been working at home for a long time. With what we are learning here, we hope that life in a workplace will be improved,” Uwamahoro told The New Times. To Steven Murenzi, who works in the department of human resources at Rwanda Revenue Authority, this conference is an awakening call to start practising corporate and cultural transformation in different institutions in Rwanda. “We are going to implement the experience learnt from the workshop to revamp organizational culture for strategy execution in our institutions,” he said. According to Murenzi, changing organisation culture is challenging and needs time and committed leadership to change employee attitudes and behaviours, and lessons learnt in this forum will ease it. The two-day workshop supports the National Strategy for Transformation through creating corporate culture practices that drive Strategy execution and productivity. Participants and experts at the workshop will also share experience on the best talent recruitment practices and strategies to ensure that companies and organizations hire the best skills in the market.