Thursday, 18 December 2014

Employees recognized for years of service and exemplary performance

The 2014 Gems of IRRI: Annual Service Award recipients, celebrating
their 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service

The Gems of IRRI: Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program, which brings the IRRI community together to acknowledge the years of service and celebrate the accomplishments of staff members, took place on 12 December 2014 at headquarters. The ceremony also recognized the winners of the Year-end 2013 & Mid-year 2014 Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA) and the Manager’s Discretionary Awards (MDA). Deputy Director General for Research Matthew Morell, Director for Human Resource Services Christine Croombes and Director for External Relations Corinta Guerta presented the plaques and certificates of recognition to the program recipients.

L to R: Carlos Huelma, Cecilia Salonga, and Alfredo Mazaredo delivered their inspiring speech
during the awarding ceremony

During the ceremony, three of the selected service award-honorees were invited on stage to share their inspiring experiences of working at IRRI. They are: Carlos Huelma, Senior Specialist at Seed Health Unit (30-years); Cecilia Salonga, Secretary III at Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology (35-years); and Alfredo Mazaredo, Manager at Physical Plant Services (40-year). Carlos, Cecilia and Alfredo felt honored for the opportunity to share the challenges and the achievements that they have accomplished during their service at IRRI.

L to R (top): Celebration Treat / Thanksgiving Dinner at IRRI Recreation Center; Christine Croombes (HRS Director).
L to R (bottom): Joyce Finegan (HRS-WRAS Manager); Margeorie Vasquez (HRS-WRAS Advisor)
and Vito Butardo, Jr. (GQNC Post Doctoral Fellow)

A Celebration Treat / Thanksgiving Dinner followed after the ceremony where HRS Director Christine Croombes gave her welcome greetings and congratulatory message. HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) Manager Joyce Finegan expressed her gratitude to the 2014 Working Committee for extending their assistance and valuable contribution in making the event successful. Strings & Quartet rendered some light and glamorous music, making the occasion more special. HRS-WRAS Advisor Margeorie Vasquez and Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) Post Doctoral Fellow Vito Butardo, Jr. lively hosted the program.


Service Awards recipients

Figure 1
As shown in Figure 1, a total of 113 employees were awarded, consisting of both Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) and Globally Recruited Staff (GRS) at Headquarters and Country Offices. Of the total recipients, 23.0% (n=26) has served IRRI for 10 years; 19.5% (n=22) for 15 years; 15.0% (n=17) for 20 years; 6.2% (n=7) for 25 years; 26.5% (n=30) for 30 years; 8.8% (n=10) for 35 years; and 0.9% (n=1) for 40 years.

Figure 2
Majority of the service award recipients in headquarters, as shown in Figure 2, are from Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Biotechnology (PBGB), comprising 24.7% (n=28) of the overall program participants. Next to PBGB were Crop & Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) with 18.5% (n=21); Physical Plant Services (PPS) with 7.08% (n=8); and both Experiment Station (ES) and T.T Chang - Genetic Resources Center (TTC-GRC) with 5.31% (n=6) each. In country offices, 2.65% (n=3) were from Bangladesh Office and 3.54% (n=4) from Thailand Office.


SATA and MDA Program recipients

L to R: SATA winners - STAR/PBtools Development Team of the Biometrics & Breeding Informatics in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Biotechnology (2013 Year-end) and Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Social Sciences Division (2014 Mid-year)

The SATA winners include STAR/PBtools Development Team of the Biometrics & Breeding Informatics in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Biotechnology (2013 Year-end) and Geographic Information System (GIS) of the Social Sciences Division (2014 Mid-year). Previous HR News posted online provided more information of the winners.

Figure 3                                                       Figure 4

Overall, HRS received 76.4% (n=13) SATA program nominations in 2014 (Figure 3). This showed an increase of 52.9% in the applications compared from the previous year of only 23.5% (n=4). As shown in Figure 4, majority of the nominations, since its first program implementation in 2013, came from Plant Breeding Genetics & Biotechnology (PBGB) with 35.0% (n=6); T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center (TTC-GRC) with 17.0% (n=3); Crop & Environmental Sciences Division (CESD) and Events, Visitors & Exhibits Office (EVEO) with 12.0% (n=2); and Social Sciences Division (SSD), Experiment Station (ES), Information Technology Services (ITS), and Communication Unit with 6% (n=1) each.

L to R: Wenceslao Larazo (on behalf of the late Oscar Gonzales), Jack Elendil Lagare, Merlito Frias, Jr., Ronilo Guevarra, Argem Gerald Flores, Christine Croombes (Director - Human Resource Services), Corinta Guerta (Director - External Relations), Ria Anna Dimapilis, Ramon Oliveros, and Matthew Morell (Deputy Director General -Research)

On the other hand, the MDA winners in 2014 are Jack Elendil Lagare, Systems Analyst / Programmer (PBGB); Argem Gerald Flores, Systems Analyst / Programmer (PBGB); the late Oscar Gonzales, Research Technician II (PBGB); Merlito Frias, Jr., Research Technician II (PBGB); Ronilo Guevarra, Research Technician II (PBGB); Mary Archana Costa, Secretary III (Bangladesh Office); Lizbeth Baroña - Edra, Science & Development Communication Specialist (Communication Unit); Apinporn Phuengwattanapanich, Assistant Manager II (Thailand Office); Ramon Oliveros, Executive Assistant I (DDG-CP Office); and Ria Anna Dimapilis, Assistant Manager II (EVEO). Previous HR News posted online provided more information of the winners.

Figure 5                                                   Figure 6

As shown in Figure 5, HRS received 37.0% (n=10) MDA nominations in 2014. There is however, a decrease of 25.9% in the applications compared from the previous year of 63.0% (n=17). As illustrated in Figure 6, majority of the nominations at headquarters, since its first program implementation in June 2013, came from Plant Breeding Genetics and Biotechnology with 29.0% (n=8); Experiment Station (ES) with 26.0% (n=7); Grain Quality & Nutrition Center (GQNC) with 11.0% (n=3); Communication Unit with 7.0% (n=2); and Donor Relations & Project Coordination (DRPC), Events Visitors & Exhibits Office (EVEO), Office of the Deputy Director General for Communication & Partnerships (DDG-CP), and Human Resource Services (HRS) with 4.0% (n=1) each. For country offices, majority of the MDA nominations came from India Office (IIO), Bangladesh Office (IBO) and Thailand Office (ITO) with 4.0% (n=1) each.

IRRI through HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services continue to provide a meaningful employee recognition programs to staff. For related inquiries on Annual Service Awards and Employee Recognition Program or future SATA and MDA nominations, please contact HRS-WRAS team at HQ ext. 2935 / 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-135



Tuesday, 2 December 2014

HRS announces 2015 Learning Calendar

Human Resource Services (HRS) is pleased to announce its 2015 Learning Calendar. Please click here to view the full calendar.


​Please note that courses and schedules ​may be subject to changes. HRS will inform staff of the changes at myHR.irri.org​.

For inquiries and registration on the 2015 Learning Calendar, please contact HRS ​Organization & ​People Development Services ​at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-131


2014 Year-end Performance and Development Review

Human Resource Services (HRS) will introduce a one form to be used by all staff called 'myPAD', which stands for "my Performance Plans, Appraisal and Development." The aim is to simplify the 'form-filling' process and make it less bureaucratic. More details will be sent out in due course and information sessions will be conducted by HRS in January 2015. For proper guidance, staff are advised to follow the steps below:

STEP TIMELINE
1) Staff member completes 2014 Year-End Accomplishments in IPaD/PAS 08-19 December 2014
2) Guide to myPAD: Information Sessions for all IRRI Staff 12-23 January 2015
3) Staff member completes (draft of) 2015 Performance Plans in myPAD 26 January-06 February 2015

4) Supervisor and staff member meet, discuss and agree on:

IPaD/PAS
  • 2014 year-end achievements 
  • Demonstrated strengths and development plans 
  • Final rating 
myPAD
  • 2015 Performance Plans/objectives for the year (with weight and desired results for each objective)
09-20 February 2015

5) Have the IPaD/PAS (with final rating) signed by
  • Staff member 
  • Supervisor 
  • OU/Division Head
23-27 February 2015
6) Deadline of submission of signed IPaD/PAS to HR 09 March 2015


For related inquiries, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-130 



Friday, 28 November 2014

Three employees recognized for their exceptional performance

Human Resources Services (HRS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Manager’s Discretionary Awards (MDA) in November 2014. They are Apinporn Phuengwattanapanich, Assistant Manager II - IRRI Thailand Office; Ramon Oliveros, Executive Assistant I - Office of the Deputy Director General for Communication and Partnerships; and Ria Anna Dimapilis, Assistant Manager II - Events, Visitors, and Exhibits Office (EVEO).

Manager's Descretionary Award recipients in November 2014 (from left to right): Apinporn Phuengwattanapanich,
Ramon Oliveros, and Ria Anna Dimapilis

Apinporn, Ramon, and Ria received a Manager’s Discretionary Award for demonstrating exceptional performance in their respective roles, which include supporting many of the Institute-wide events that were recently held. Their commitment and dedication beyond their duties and responsibilities contributed substantially to the success of the programs they have managed. In effect, such tremendous effort gave IRRI an opportunity to reach out to the international community, enhance existing ties with the current stakeholders and build up potentially productive partnerships in the future.

Apinporn, Ramon, and Ria were selected after a nomination process which began at Organizational Unit (OU) level and which included a review and assessment by the relevant Deputy Director General.

The award recipients will be honored on the upcoming 2014 Annual Service Awards and Recognition Program on December 12.

HRS through Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) continues to receive MDA nominations. Please read the MDA Guidelines for details. For inquiries, please contact HRS-WRAS at HQ ext. 2363 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-129. 


IRRI holds first "PostDocs' Day"


IRRI holds the first "PostDocs' Day" on 17 November 2014 at Scout Hall, Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna.

To formally start the program, Deputy Director General for Research (DDG-R) Matthew Morell  gave the welcome greetings and opening remarks to the participants. Program facilitators were Grant Singleton, Principal Scientist; Christine Croombes, Director for Human Resource Services; Noel Magor, Head of Training Center, and Chris Dixon, Director of Growing Edge Limited (based in Hong Kong).

33 PDFs joined the first PostDocs' Day. In attendance were Jessica Rey (PBGB), Shanta Karki (C4), Govinda Rizal (C4), Ando Radanielson (CESD), Balram Marathi (PBGB), Alexander Stuart (CESD), Alexandre Grondin (CESD), Hsiang-Chun Lin (C4), Sung Ryul Kim (PBGB), Mohammad Rahman (PBGB), Dixit Shalabh (PBGB), Sheetal Sharma (CESD), Khin Thawda Win (CESD), Maria Stefanie Dwiyanti (PBGB), Anca Macovei (PBGB), Suchit Shrestha (CESD), Ramkumar Gandhimani (PBGB), Vito Butardo Jr. (GQNC), Jolly Chatterjee (C4), Nyo Me Htwe (CESD), Janelle Jung (TC), Pieter Rutsaert (SSD), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Krishna Devkota (CESD), Millicent Sanciangco (GRC), Bryce Blackman (TC), Tun Tun Ye (PBGB), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Geoffrey Onaga (PBGB), Hedia Tnani (PBGB), James Quilty (CESD), Dmytro Chebotarov (GRC), and Parvesh Chandna Kumar (SSD).

Key topics include an overview of IRRI’s Research and Development (R&D) efforts and emphasized how PDFs play a significant role in R&D. There was also an open discussion on development plans for PDFs by giving participants an opportunity to explore their professional and personal strengths and weaknesses.

The day was capped with a dinner at the DDG-R's residence. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-128


4th ​Essential First Aid Training Workshop held at HQ


This year’s 4th Essential First Aid Training concluded on November 11 at headquarters.

The seminar was attended by 21 HQ-based staff, IRS Spouses and dependents including, Julie Van Vlasselaer, Charmian Sackville-Hamilton, Gianina Vergara, Carla Lenore Calumpang (PBGB), Eliza Vie Simon (PBGB), Ma. Carmelita Alberto (CESD), Anny Ruth Pame (CESD), Adari Prasad Babu (PBGB), Darwin Cruz (SSS), Cindy Llorente (GQNC), Mary Jeanie Yanoria (PBGB), Benedick Labaco (PBGB), Bryce Blackman (TC), Maria Krishna De Guzman (GQNC), Cheryll Myra Mercado (HRS), Sara van Gaalen (HRS), Georgina Vergara (PBGB), Victor Francis Roxas (CNTRL), Irish Jean Cansanay (CNTRL), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), and Margaret Catolos (PBGB).

The training focused on responding to cardiac and breathing emergencies, including the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED); responding to common first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, head, neck and back injuries; and recognizing and preventing cardiac arrest.

The workshop was organized by Human Resource Services - Organization and People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) in partnership with Pilipinas 911, provider of the Citywatch brand of emergency assistance services, and the Safety & Security Services (SSS).

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS-OPDS at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-127


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

2014 IRRI Blood Donation Program on November 21!






HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-126

Request for On-the-Job Trainees at IRRI Headquarters

All IRRI employees at headquarters who may wish to request for On-the-Job Trainees (OJTs) are required to complete the online form below.


For related inquiries, please contact HRS Staffing Services at HQ ext. 2775 or send email to irrihrs-staffingservices@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-125


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Employees believe that their work delivers an impact to IRRI’s mission and goals

This year’s Staff Survey was conducted in May by the Human Resource Services. All 1363 employees from HQ and country offices were invited to take part in the survey. A total of 493 employees across different organization units completed either a web-based or paper-based survey, giving a sound overall response rate of 36.1%.

The survey was conducted in order to better understand its employees and their perceptions of the IRRI working environment. The survey also provided an opportunity to collect information about the work experiences and to find out changes or improvements in employee perspectives due to initiatives taken in the last three years since the previous survey.
Since the 2010 survey, a number of actions and initiatives have been undertaken by the Human Resource Services to maintain or improve the quality of employment within IRRI.  Some of these include:
  • New pay scale  for NRS
  • NRS Career Paths and transition to standard job profiles 
  • Modernized approach to Associate appointments 
  • Roll out of the Code of Conduct and Guidelines on IRRI’s Disciplinary Procedures
  • Introduction of the Semi-Annual Team and Manager’s Discretionary Award Programs 
  • New HRS web presence
  • Increased scope of HRS that includes Occupational Health
  • Increased range of employee learning and development programs
  • A range of materials have been developed around Recruitment and C&B Guidelines for country offices
  • Greater emphasis on employee communications through information sessions, staff survey, post activity surveys, focused group discussions, activity-based brochures and posters
  • Strengthening  of the IRRI workplace through health and wellness and social programs
A total of 21 questions including general inquiries were distributed online through the Survey Monkey and was fully accessible from 01 May to 30 June 2014. All were notified of the survey in advance by email from the Human Resource Services. The anonymity of responses was assured in order to encourage higher participation rates and more honest feedback.  Results are provided at an aggregate level and comments to open-ended questions were also taken verbatimly. While there were some new items for the 2014 survey, much of the content remained the same as the 2010 survey, allowing a direct comparison across most items. Therefore it was possible to see what changes have occurred in three years.  The survey questions assessed the following areas: Jobs at IRRI, Workplace, Leadership and Supervision.

An Overall Survey Score is calculated for each group by averaging the responses across all survey items. Each respondent had to rate each item on a 5-point scale, assigned as follows: 5 strongly agree, 4 agree, 3 neither agree nor disagree, 2 is disagree and 1 is strongly disagree. 72.62% of employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job, with 46.25% of employees indicating they were satisfied and 26.37% strongly satisfied. Overall Agreement Score as shown in the graph below is 4.08. This indicates a fairly satisfied workforce, with responses across all survey questions around a strongly agree and agree rating.


KEY POSITIVE FINDINGS

Many strengths were identified, including:
  • The highest scoring concepts were that the Institute is meeting its mission and that employee’s work delivers an impact to IRRI’s missions and goals with 91% agreement rating. 
  • Other concept that scored highly was employees would likely refer a friend to work at IRRI with 88% agreement rating.
  • There was also a clear agreement among employees that they are committed to a long term employment at IRRI with 85% agreement rating.
  • Another statement that received strong support was employees have the resources to do their job well with 84% agreement rating.
  • Employees also obtained accomplishment in doing their job and believe that IRRI values diversity with 83% agreement rating. 

The main improvements compared to the 2010 survey were:
  • The concept of fair wage for work showed quite a marked improvement compared to the 2010 survey; there was an increase of 15% in the percentage of employees who indicated that they are being paid a fair wage for their work. 
  • The concept of commitment to a long term employment was another area that showed a notable increase of 12% compared to the 2010 survey.  
  • There was also stronger agreement amongst employees regarding their view that their work delivers an impact to IRRI’s mission and goals with 10% increase in score compared to 2010 survey. 
  • Staff also reported increased confidence that IRRI values diversity with 8% increase in score compared to the 2010 survey. 
  • There was a marked increase in the percentage of employees who reported having adequate opportunities for professional growth and development, the Institute attracts high quality employees as well as fosters teamwork across organizational units, with 7% increase in score compared to the 2010 survey. 

KEY OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENTS

While there have been improvements in a number of areas, the results indicate that there are opportunities in the following areas:
  • Teamwork and cooperation in the department. The results indicated 15% decrease in percentage score compared to the 2010 survey.  This was one of the lower scoring areas in the survey, where improvement is necessary. 
  • IRRI leadership.  The agreement rating has dropped slightly by 4% regarding the extent to which leaders are setting the research agenda and making it happen. Results also indicated  that employees believe that there could be improvement in leaders serving as role models. 
  • Treatment with respect and fairness. There was also a slightly higher concern about employees perceiving that they are treated with respect and fairness, with 2% decrease in percentage score compared to the 2010 survey.

OTHER FINDINGS

Some additional analyses were conducted for the 2014 survey based on extra items that were included. These related to the experience or observation of harassment or discrimination in the workplace for the last 2 years. A clear majority of 66% employees have not observed or experienced discrimination or harassment in the last 2 years.  However, there are some concerning aspects of the survey wherein, 19.07% employees reported having experienced/observed   workplace bullying or intimidation, 7.30% racial discrimination and 3.25% said that they have witnessed or were victims of gender discrimination.

NEXT STEPS

Results from the 2014 survey will be used to develop new policies and programs for employees as well as track changes and improvements through comparisons with the 2010 results. It is recognized that IRRI is constantly looking to improve procedures, guidelines, processes and systems. Future bulletin articles will share the work which has been undertaken in 2014 to address other employee concerns.

IRRI continues to welcome any staff feedback and ideas on how the Institute can deliver quality research while ensuring that the needs of the employees are addressed accordingly. For inquiries on IRRI Staff Survey, please contact Human Resource Services – Workplace Relations & Advisory Services (HRS-WRAS) at irrihrswras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-124



Typhoon Glenda Relief Funds Final Update

Since 25 July 2014, the Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS) has been monitoring the IRRI community’s financial response to employees who have suffered damage to their homes and personal belongings brought about by storm Glenda. In the final update, the overall total funding now stands at Php 311,073.00 or approximately USD 6,911.20. Of the total funding, the Task Force was able to grant financial assistance to 38 employees who have successfully passed all the eligibility and documentation requirements.

The Task Force was able to release Php 85,000 (or approximately USD 1,886.75) to the first batch of fund recipients (9 staff) on 11 August 2014; Php 77,500 (or approximately USD 1,720.28) to the second batch (10 staff) on 8 September 2014; Php 92,073 (or approximately USD 2,043.75) to the third batch (12 staff) on 29 September 2014; and Php 56,500 (or approximately USD 1,254.14) to the fourth and final batch (7 staff) on 5 November 2014.


A total of 19 IRRI staff gave voluntary financial contributions to the fund drive, including two external donors namely, SUHAY and Helmut Lehner. SUHAY is an organization of international spouses at IRRI that provides support to two feeding centers in Los Baños as well as other projects in the community. Helmut Lehner, on the other hand, is an entrepreneur and owner of the LEHNER Agrar GmbH, an agricultural company based in Germany since 1956.

TGTFSS would like to thank everyone who have contributed their financial donations to support the HQ-based NRS victims of the calamity. You can find the previous news on TGTFSS at http://irri-hr-news.blogspot.com. For related inquiries, please email tgtfsssecretariat@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-123

2014 NRS Medical Insurance Review Task Force created

Chaired by the Director for Human Resource Services Christine Croombes, a Task Force has been recently created to review the medical insurance policy of HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS), which is due to expire on 30 June 2015. The members of the Task Force include Wallace James Daniels, Jocelyn Finegan, Melba Aquino, Jose Luis, Mari Joyce Garcia, and Rogelio Cabunagan.

On 24 March 2014, Human Resource Services conducted a survey among employees at HQ to assess the current HMO provider’s performance. The survey summary will be provided to the Task Force members to help them identify what is working effectively and how improvements can be made.

The Task Force will submit its report and recommendations to the Director General by end of March 2015. Based on the assessment, IRRI will either continue coverage with the present provider, or sign an agreement with another company that commences immediately at the end of the current coverage. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-122


NOMINATIONS OPEN: 2014 Year-end Semi-Annual Team Awards (SATA)



Completed nomination forms must be submitted on or before 5 December 2014.
HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-121


IRRI congratulates Sugandha Munshi of India Office on her nomination for the Indian National Women Achiever Award 2014

"Aadhi Aabadi" is a national award which honors the work of women of India, their contribution to society and their example to the next generation.

Sugandha Munshi has been awarded for her work on gender equity and women's empowerment over the last number of years in her native state of Bihar. She joined IRRI as a Gender Specialist in October 2013 and works with women farmers in Bihar to adopt new technologies and secure better livelihoods. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-120






Written by Sonya McGuinness, IRRI India Office

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Revised Guidelines for Service Agreement Appointment now available

Human Resource Services (HRS) introduces the revised Guidelines for Service Agreement Appointments to inform supervisors how they can meet any short-term human resources needs in their projects and programs. These Guidelines come with two easy to read documents, the Service Agreement Decision Tree and a Short Overview of all Service Agreement Appointments at IRRI.

If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact the HRS Associate Appointment Unit at hrs-associates@irri.org or HQ ext. 2215 or 2417. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-119


COMING SOON: 2014 Blood Donation Program


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-118

APPLICATIONS OPEN: 2014 Early Retirement Program (ERP)


HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-117


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Integration of Staff Learning & Development Programs in 2015

Human Resource Services (HRS) aims to integrate all staff ​L​earning and ​D​evelopment ​(L&D) ​programs into one internal calendar ​in 2015.​

​To​ give HRS a time to plan ahead for​ next year's ​L&D, ​they are calling on all units ​to send in the tentative schedule of​ all (hard and soft skills, etc.) training courses​/workshops​ ​they intend to hold​ ​by sending email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org ​on or before​ 14 November 2014.

The integrated calendar for 2015 will be released before the current year ends. HR​S​ would also be prepared to update the calendar as and when events are planned as it is appreciated that not all events will be apparent at the start of the year. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-116


​HRS holds IRRI's ​2014 E​arly R​etirement ​P​rogram (ERP)​ Information Session


Human Resource Services (HRS) organized this year’s Early Retirement Program (ERP) information session on 17 October 2014 for HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS)​. Held annually, this session provides interested applicants the opportunity to learn about the eligibility requirements,​ ​application process, as well as the post-retirement support ​and assistance ​programs.

Realizing the importance of smooth transition from work to retirement and to further develop targeted employee retirement program support interventions, ​HRS ​Business Partner for Workplace Relations and Advisory Services, Joyce Finegan ​​also ​conducted a ​mini-​retirement​ planning workshop. Individual participants was asked to complete a questionnaire and was later asked to join a group of other attendees with areas of common interest.

Towards the end of the program, Kentjie Masaredo, HRS Administrator for Compensation and​ Benefits,​ ​provided some basic information about government mandated benefits and how​ ERP​ incentives​ in general are calculated.

​All interested applicants can send the completed ERP application form and Succession and Handover Plan to HRS-WRAS ​via irrihrs-wras@irri.org ​on or before 5 December 2014. For ​more details, please read the guidelines here. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-115

It’s PaLaY Time 2 concluded: Pink team champions 2014 IRRI Sportsfest




The Pink team cluster of FF Hill, Khush Hall, Swaminathan, Chandler, Cantrell, Harrar, Brent, Transport Services, Safety and Security Services, and Experiment Station, was declared champion in the 2014 IRRI Sportsfest themed "It's PaLAY time 2."

Finishing with a total of 250 points, the Pink team bested the Light Blue (220 points) and Red (190 points) teams after winning first place in: Football, Women’s Softball and Volleyball, Men’s (Category A) Basketball; and second place in: Men’s Volleyball, Women’s and Men’s (Category B) Basketball, Lawn Tennis, Badminton, and Table Tennis.

The other two competing teams were Light Blue Team who came in at 2nd place (comprised of staff from NC Brady Building), and Red Team who came in at 3rd place (comprised of staff from DL Umali, Hemmi, Drilon, and Service Building).

The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest season officially ended on 17 October 2014. Winners were recognized during the closing program held on the same day, which was hosted by HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services Team (HRS-WRAS) lead by HRS Business Partner Jocelyn Pilapil-Finegan and co-hosted by HRS Advisor Margeorie Vasquez

The program also recognized the sector organizations and assigned team coordinators who have played an important role in making this year's Sportsfest a success by acting as co-organizers for various sports. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to: IRRI Filipino Scientists Association (IFSA) led by Jean Melgar and Joseph Sandro for Basketball and Table Tennis Division; Society of IRRI Non-research Professionals (SINOP) led by Lea Delos Reyes and Fernan Artates for Badminton and Softball Division; Association of IRRI Secretaries and Administrative Staff (AISAS) led by Mishel Ciceron and Shyrelle Quilantang for Volleyball and Lawn Tennis Division; and Association of Fellows, Scholars, Trainees and Residents of IRRI (AFSTRI) led by Aditi Bhandari and Quynh Vu for Cricket and Football Division. The assigned team coordinators were Allan Salabsabin (Light Blue), Jane Girly Cuerdo (Red), and Jane Carlos (Pink). 

After the closing program, a Celebration Treat was held for the program participants.

The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It's PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the HRS Health & Wellness Program. For inquiries, please contact HRS-WRAS team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-114

Thursday, 16 October 2014

2014 IRRI Sportsfest Closing Program


The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the Institute’s workplace wellness programs. For inquiries, please contact your respective sector organization representative and team coordinators. For the overall workplace wellness program inquiries, you may contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-113


Essential interviewing skills workshop held at HQ


Human Resource Services in partnership with Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), holds the Essential Interviewing Skills workshop on 8-10 October 2014 at headquarters.

The 3-day workshop aims to assess the purpose of different types of interview, undertake structured preparation for different interview situations, use sound interviewing techniques to gather accurate information, interpret information and make decisions, and plan and conduct a range of interviews.

​11 HQ-based staff attended including Rogelio Cabunagan (PBGB), Glenn Gregorio (PBGB), Kshirod Jena (PBGB), Janelle Jung (TC), Inez Slamet-Loedin (PBGB), Valerien Pede (SSD), Divina Pernia (Controller-FOP), Hung Van Nguyen (CESD), Margeorie Vasquez (HRS), Hershey Aquino (HRS), and Hope Webber (SSD).

The course was facilitated by Woon Chet Choon, a training consultant from CIPD based in United Kingdom (UK). CIPD is a professional body for HR and people development who bring together extensive research and thought leadership, practical advice and guidance, professional development and rigorous professional standards to drive better capabilities and understanding in how organizations of all kinds operate and perform, and in how they manage and develop people.

For inquiries or registration on upcoming HRS Learning & Development Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-112



Dr. Gelia Castillo speaks at second Mentoring Lunch in 2014


Dr. Gelia Castillo, CURE consultant and National Scientist of the Philippines shared her insights during the 2nd Mentoring Lunch on 13 October 2014.

Dr. ​Castillo​ said that mentors-mentees should "keep in touch with reality" (​especially in setting goals and objectives). ​She also mentioned her guiding principle that "science must serve a human purpose" to remind them how important their work is in fulfilling IRRI's mission to alleviate hunger and poverty.

​Mentoring lunches are held to give mentor-mentee pairs the opportunity to get together on a regular basis and continue discussions in an informal atmosphere. At each gathering, a speaker is invited to share personal thoughts on mentoring, and to interact with the ​ ​pairs. ​HRS also ​shares​ research articles ​with the pairs ​ about mentoring as they go through the program. This is part of the on-going support to mentoring at IRRI, which is organized by the HRS.

For inquiries on future Mentoring Program schedules, please contact HRS Organization and People Development Services at x2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-111


Thursday, 9 October 2014

IRRI welcomes new staff in the employee orientation program



HRS in partnership with various organizational units​ in IRRI ​welcomed ​24 staff during the ​4​th New Employee Orientation Program on ​7-8 October 2014 at headquarters.

The ​two​-day program is composed of classroom type discussion, multicultural workshop, and a tour of the IRRI facilities.

On the first day, participants were given a brief history of IRRI, an overview of its research programs, and a walking tour to meet and greet staff from different organizational units.

On the second day, participants had an opportunity to join the workshop on Working in a Multicultural Organization and the IRRI Code of Conduct followed by the second part of the walking tour.

​The program participants include: Rolflen Ray Atienza (EVEO), Zeynna Balangue (SSD), Noreen Parducho (Controller-FPR), Herman Hermosada (PBGB), Edwin Reyes (PBGB), Mark Anthony Javier (PBGB), Ronald Javier (PBGB), MitchellRey Toleco (C4), Bryce Blackman (TC), Carlo Leo Cabral (CESD), Cerlito Hipolito (PPS), Abigail Domingo (CESD), Prasad Senadheera (PBGB), Lovely Luar (IPNI/CESD), Julie Christine Mateo (ILRI) , Miguel Abriol (CESD), Benedick Labaco (PBGB), Arman Mohammad (PPS), Victor Jacinto Buendicho (ITS), Michelle Sison (Controller-FOP), Lory Lyn Recorte (PPS), Sherwin Malabrigo (ES), Mark Gil Mendoza (ES), and Johnrico Labarda (CESD).

For inquiries or registration on upcoming HRS Learning & Development Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at HQ ext. 2824 or send email to irrihrs-opds@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-110


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Typhoon Glenda Relief Funds Update

Typhoon Glenda Task Force for Staff Support (TGTFSS) would like to thank everyone who had contributed their financial donations to support HQ-based Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) victims of Typhoon Glenda that hit the Philippines in July 2014. The typhoon caused widespread damage and flooding, destroying houses of some IRRI Filipino employees living in Los Baños and other neighboring areas in Laguna.

A number of IRRI colleagues and an external donor responded to support the financial needs of our employee recipients. As of 26 September 2014, IRRI was able to raise Php 263,951.00 or approximately USD 5,860. From that fund, the Task Force was able to grant financial assistance to 31 employees who have successfully passed all the eligibility and documentation requirements. First batch of fund recipients (9 employees) received their financial assistance on 11 August 2014, second batch (10 employees) on 8 September 2014, and third batch (12 employees) on 29 September 2014.

Damages to the houses of the fund recipients require minor to major home repairs and improvements. Pictures below show the construction materials (e.g. galvanized roofing sheets, cement, coco lumber, nails, etc.) that were purchased to help rebuild the house of one staff.

Construction materials

Before and after photos of the houses from two of the IRRI Filipino employee
recipients of the fund drive

The Task Force still calls for additional financial support to help affected staff. Donations are still accepted until end of October 2014. To make your donations online, please click here.

For related inquiries, please email tgtfsssecretariat@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-109

Schedule of Championship Games: 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!


The 2014 IRRI Sportsfest: "It’s PaLAY Time 2!" is part of the Institute’s workplace wellness programs. For inquiries, please contact your respective sector organization representative and team coordinators. For the overall workplace wellness program inquiries, you may contact HRS Workplace Relations & Advisory Services team at ext. 2935 or send email to irrihrs-wras@irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-108

Information Session on 2014 Early Retirement Program



To participate, please register online here. For details of the ERP guidelines, please click here. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-107


2nd Business Writing Workshop held



The 2nd Effective Business Writing workshop was held in IRRI headquarters on 23-24 September 2014.

The nine-module program was attended by 14 staff: Prosperidad Abonete (SSD), Maria Theresa Castro (SSD), Anchilie Francisco (C4), Walter Krystler Israel (C4), Pauline Jasmin (PBGB), Tobias Kretzschmar (PBGB), Ma. Renee Lorica (CESD), Verna Jessa Marcelo (TTC-GRC), Rizza Eve Mendoza (RMQA), Cheryll Myra Mercado (DHRS), Lilia Molina (GQNSL), Victor Francis Roxas (CNTRL-FPR), Mary Grace Salabsabin (SSD), and Savita Sharma (IRRI-India Office).

Participants learned the principles in business writing (e.g. correctness, clarity, conciseness) and were trained on how to deliver bad news in a professional and client-focused approach.

The workshop was facilitated by Bobby Alvarez of Guthrie-Jensen, a leading management training and consultancy firm in the Philippines.

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS Organization People Development Services at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-106


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Join our upcoming Multi-Cultural Workshop and Code of Conduct Information Session

Human Resource Services (HRS) will conduct the Q4-2014 New Employee Orientation (NEO) on October 7-8 at Seminar Room, Harrar Hall, IRRI headquarters. In line with this, HRS extends the invitation to all interested IRRI staff to join one of NEO's upcoming activities:

Activity Time Registration
Multi-Cultural Workshop 8:30 AM - 12:00 NN Click here
Code of Conduct Info Session 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Click here

For inquiries on Learning & Development (L&D) Programs at IRRI, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-105

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Learning & Development Courses in Q4-2014

Learning & Development (L&D) Courses in Q4-2014:

No.
Course Title / Facilitator
Description
Target Audience
Date(s), Time, and Venue
Registration Links
1
New Employee Orientation Program
By: IRRI HRS
Provide an introduction to IRRI's mission, goals, values, culture, HR policies and procedures, 
Organizational Units (OUs), and other resources and services available to staff.

New
Staff
October 6-7
8:30AM-5:00PM
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall,
IRRI HQ
Click here
2
Essential Interviewing Skills
By: CIPD,UK
Assess the different types of interview, undertake structured preparation for different interview situations, use sound interviewing techniques to gather accurate information, interpret information and make decisions, and plan and conduct a range of interviews.

By Invitation
October 8-10
8:30AM-5:00PM
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall,
IRRI HQ
n/a
3
Effective Presentation Skills
By: Guthrie-Jensen
Use techniques to lessen the stress caused by presentations, sell ideas and services by coming up with well-planned, organized and customized presentations, and influence the audience to decide favorably on their proposal by looking and sounding confident.

All Staff
October 14-16
8:30AM-5:00PM
Seminar Room, Harrar Hall,
IRRI HQ
Click here
4
Essential First Aid Training
By: Pilipinas 911
Respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies, common first aid emergencies, including burns, cuts, head, neck and back injuries, and recognize and prevent cardiac arrest.

All Staff
November 7
8:30AM-5:00PM
​Umali Room C, DL Umali Bldg​, IRRI HQ
Click here
5
Media Skills
By: Broadcast Media, UK
Feel more in control of a media transaction through intense reworking of preparation and delivery techniques and quickly devise a robust strategic position that can be delivered in any media situations.

By Invitation
November 26-27
8:30AM-5:00PM
Umali Room C, DL Umali Bldg, IRRI HQ
n/a

For inquiries on Learning & Development (L&D) Programs at IRRI, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-104


Automated External Defibrillator Awareness Training held for staff at HQ


The IRRI Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee conducted the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Training on 12 September 2014 at headquarters. The training aims to raise awareness to the IRRI community on what could be the early steps to take during a life-threatening event such as cardiac arrest.

41 HQ-based staff attended the training including Blesilda Enriquez (PBGB), Paquito Pablico (C4C), Randy Boy Benedicto (PPS), Rolflen Ray Atienza (EVO), Romnick Pascual (SCS), Charmian Sackville Hamilton (IRS Spouse), Ramon Oliveros (DDG-CP), Regina Mendoza-Armiendo (HRS), David Johnson (CESD), Maria Ymber Reveche (PBGB), Hernan Austriaco (C4C), Ramon Gil Cuyat (C4C), Erlinda Oracion (ES), Anselmo Reyes (FHS), Apollo Neil Monroy (C4C), Carla Lenore Calumpang (PBGB), Cyhdar Racho (SSS), Artemio Madrid Jr. (GQNC), Michael Thomson (PBGB), Meehris Galapon (SSS), Irma Tamisin (PBGB), Carlo Monpon (C4C), Rosendo Gutierrez (SSD), Renato Folledo Jr. (ICRAF), Ricardo Hernandez (ES), Emily Alcantara (PBGB), James Quilty (CESD), Carlito Balingbing (ES), Zilhas Jewel (PBGB), Darwin Cruz (SSS), Evangeline Gonzales (SHU), Jerwin Pascua (FHS), members of the IRRI Medical Clinic Team: Katherine Canubas, John Roman Diones, Jonilynn Frances Lorzano, Richmond Reyes; and Pilipinas 911 Staff: Danica Faye Manalili, James Allen Diego, Jillian Marie Sitchon, Sheryl Bombita, Sarah Paras.

The training was facilitated by Jose Luis Domingo, Director of the Emergency Research Center, Inc., a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered, non-stock, not-for-profit, non-government organization dedicated to community-based Mass Emergency Preparedness, Management and Education based in the Philippines.

For inquiries ​on ​future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS People Development Services at​ ​irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the Learning & Development online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-103



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

2014 Early Retirement Program Information Session for NRS HQ-based staff in October!



HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-101


IRRI holds NRS-HQ based benefits information session


Human Resource Services (HRS) in partnership with Intellicare, AON Hewitt, PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS), and Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or Pag-IBIG Fund successfully concluded the NRS-HQ based Benefits Information Session on 5 September 2014 at headquarters.

A total of 5​9​ NRS HQ-based staff participated in this event, they ​we​re: Kevin Palis (TTC-GRC), Evangeline Ella (CESD), Meehris Galapon (SSS), Cheryll Myra Mercado (HRS), Catharine Adaro (SSD), Eugene Aquino (CESD), Darwin Cruz (SSS), Annielyn Lapiz (PBGB), Charisse Grace Arlegui (PBGB), Victor Francis Roxas (Controller), Ronald Santelices (PBGB), Michelle Sison (Controller), Arnel Pocsedio (PBGB), Ray Atienza (EVO), Sherwin Malabrigo (ES), ​Annabelle Aquino (HRS), ​Mark Gil Mendoza (ES), Abraham Darius Llave (C4), Carla Calumpang (PBGB), Vanica Apostol (PBGB), Cresenciana Dimaculangan (PBGB), Nonnie Bunyi (CESD), Crisanta Culala (PBGB), Kimberly Ilagan (DRPC), Ricardo Hernandez (ES), Nelie Delos Reyes (PBGB), Marlyn Rala (PBGB), Lucia Gamel (DDG-R), Julie Ann Basconcillo (CESD), Elisa Mercado (CESD), Jacinta Evangelista (CESD), Mercy Dy (PBGB), Belinda Caspillo (TTC-GRC), Janice Victoria (TTC-GRC), Jocelyn Torres (TTC-GRC), Christopher Cabrado (CESD), Ma. Socorro Carandang (PBGB), Carmencita Bernal (CESD), Annalhea Jarana (PBGB), Geisha Sanchez (PBGB), Onofre Mendoza (CESD), Maximo Pelagio (CESD), Lamberto Licardo (CESD), Pedro Gapas (CESD), Alicia Bordeos (PBGB), Marietta Baraoidan (PBGB), Rolando Pacion (ES), Dharyll Aquino (HRS), Janet Lazarte (HRS), Regina Mendoza-Armiendo (HRS), Selene Ocampo (HRS), Kentjie Mazaredo (HRS), Richievel Ibañez (PBGB), Alicia Malabanan (SCS), Sheila Mae Mercado (TTC-GRC), Eric Jhon Cruz (GQNSL), Ma. Elizabeth Naredo (TTC-GRC), Lauro Atienza (TC) & Velinda Ilao (DRPC).

The seminar was facilitated by Mark Nikko Montesur (Intellicare), Sam Meris (AON Hewitt), Irene Mojado (PhilHealth), Roman Belen (SSS), and Donald Alilio (Pag-Ibig).

For inquiries ​on ​future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at​ ​irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-100




Conflict management workshop held


IRRI holds Conflict Management Workshop in partnership with ​Guthrie-Jensen Consultants Inc., on 3​-​4 September 2014 at headquarters.

The 2-day workshop was attended by 14 HQ-based staff including Deacart Don Arreza (RMQA), Rogelio Cabunagan (PBGB), Princess Lilia Dela Cruz (ES), Rosalinda Del Rosario (DGO), Joyce Finegan (HRS), Rhea Gonzales (GQNSL), Jennine Rose Lapis (GQNSL), Patrick Lumanglas (PBGB)​, Jhoana Opeña​ (CESD), Julie Mae Pasuquin (CESD), Jastin Jocelyn Pacia (PBGB), Edrian Revilleza (PBGB), Margeorie Vasquez (HRS), and Gina Zarsadias (SSD).

​The training consists of nine modules focused on taking advantage of conflict as a positive force to iron out issues in the workplace, strengthen relationship, deal with conflict successfully, feel in control of one’s emotions and behavior, apply more productive ways to handle and manage conflict, and respond to conflict positively and skillfully so it does not interfere with one’s personal success or the organization’s business goals.

The training was facilitated by Angela Palenzuela-Cruz​,​ training consultant at Guthrie-Jensen.​

For inquiries on future Learning & Development (L&D) Programs, please contact HRS Organization & People Development Services (HRS-OPDS) at irrihrs-opds@irri.org or access the L&D online calendar at irri.org. HRS Workplace Communications Article No. 2014-099