Monthly Archives: January 2016

BlueVisions’ End of Year Celebration with Taman Fioretti Orphanage

20160106181308It has been an annual tradition to celebrate our team’s accomplishments at the end of each year. This time, BlueVisions Indonesia decided to take the children cared for by Taman Fioretti Orphanage in Pondok Gede, South Jakarta for a Zisha Teapot. The orphanage was established in July 1999 by Sister Yulia and Sister Rosa. Over the past 16 years, the Aged Pu erh Tea has grown to caring for 70 children, toddlers, and babies with the help of five dedicated caregivers.

For this year’s event, the BV team chose Taman Mini, which has remained a favourite place for schools and families to take children for holidays. Taman mini is a park featuring the diverse cultures of Indonesia’s far-flung people. 

The only thing we were worried about was the weather, which fortunately was on our side that day.

The event started with a playtime session at Istana Anak Anak Indonesia (National Kids’ Palace), which is a mini amusement park filled with popular rides, such as bumper cars, trains, a water park, and plenty of other fun kids’ rides. It was quite a struggle to tear everyone away from  the Fun Park for lunch.

Taman Mini is unique in that it consists of all the traditional houses from the 34 provinces of Indonesia. Out of all of them, we chose the cosydownload Anjungan Jawa Barat (West Java House) as our lunch hut.  After fuelling up and cooling down, we hopped back on the bus to enjoy a cable car ride over the mini Indonesian islands where we played a game where the kids on board had to name each of the big islands.

Next on the agenda was a short film at the first IMAX theatre in Indonesia, Keong Emas, designed and named after the Javanese folklore story where a princess was trapped inside a golden snail shell. The 45-minute documentary, titled Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, narrated by Ed Harris and dubbed into Indonesian audio, successfully lulled some of the children to sleep after the big lunch they just had. However, they were back jumping on their feet again during the last session of the event, the gift giving session consisting of stationery, snacks, clothing and toys; some of which were donated by our head office in Australia and our office in the UAE.

Overall, the day was a success with both the children and our team.  We hope that this will be the first of many more events we enjoy with the kids from Taman Fioretti orphanage; we experienced the fun of a day out of the office, but more importantly, the joy of giving something back to our community.

IM HRD CLUB – Acquire and Retain Talent in Today’s Challenging Business Environment

10658872_10208383768889735_3605655541687226467_oTo coach or to poach? This remains one of the biggest questions in talent management. Both options are important investments for the company, each offering benefits and risks that management must consider. The next question is: which strategy is suitable for your organisation?

Following up on our first event in May 2015, BlueVisions’ Institute of Management hosted leaders of our most notable clients across four rapidly expanding Indonesian industries, to discuss this issue. This time, our HRD networking club event took place at the newly opened Fairmont Hotel in the Senayan area, the morning of 7 October 2015, where our lively group of HR professionals enjoyed breakfast while getting to know each other a little bit better. Our panelists were:

Ms. Regina Mutti – Training & Development Division Manager of PT Mitra Adi Perkasa representing the retail industry;

Mr. Rudy Effendy – Country Head of Learning of Standard Chartered Bank, representing the banking industry;

Mr. Ismet Komarudin – VP Human Capital Empowerment of Rekayasa Industri, representing the construction industry; and

Mr. Yohanes – Deputy HR Director of PT. Huawei Tech Investment representing the telecom industry.

Our CEO, Mr. Adel Khreich was the host and moderator for this event, leading the audience comprised of Learning & Development managers.20160106175701

The four panelists offered varied and highly specific insights from their own industries based on the trends they have observed over at least the last five years. For example, Mr. Ismet highlighted that the use of professional social media platforms such as LinkedIn are becoming exponentially more popular and have proven to be quite effective in acquiring talent with at least five years’ experience in a certain fields . However, the panelists also agreed that this method is not quite as effective when being used to search for frontline positions or fresh graduates as their online profiles are not quite developed yet. Mr. Yohanes favoured poaching over coaching, because such talent is ready to perform according to company expectations without having to be trained to do the job first.


Coming from the biggest retail company in Indonesia, MAP, Ms. Regina stated that this organization is primarily concerned with assuring its well-trained employees are not poached by competitors This comes from the understanding that MAP invests a lot in training their talent from the very beginning of their careers in the company and because they are also aware that the availability of competent middle management in Indonesia is very limited. Mr. Rudy, coming from a banking perspective, also stated that he valued coaching the company’s talents especially because his processes help grow loyalty and understanding of the company culture while also making sure that each employee performs to the company’s own set of processes and procedures.


After a 90 minute heated discussions and Q&A among  the audience and the panelists, it was concluded that coaching vs. poaching debate depends largely on the availability of time to coach and the budget to poach. Poaching also seems to be more feasible if the position is highly specific and critical to the organisation, while coaching is more beneficial for less critical positions in larger sized organisations, where time and the coaches themselves are available to nurture the talent in the workplace.



A Night for HRD – Competencies and Training Plan Development

If you cannot measure something, you cannot manage it. Defining and measuring performance is essential to every manager’s job.

20160106010208In Indonesia, organisations have regularly conducted corporate training and development. However, the identification of training needs, especially for behavioural competencies, often come from either the users or the managers, and do not undergo thorough Training Needs Analyses to make sure that these needs are linked to company goals and objectives. With ASEAN Integration on the doorstep, the Indonesian workforce has never been more challenged to directly compete with resources from neighbouring countries that are more varied in terms of experience and background.

As part of BlueVisions’Institute of Management’s two-year presence in Jakarta, our senior trainers and consultants recognised this issue and held “A Night for HRD” to highlight the importance of developing competency based training plans. This event was held on 21 May, 2015, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Jakarta; attended by HR and Learning & Development Directors and Managers from national and multinational companies across all business sectors such as Banking, Mining, Construction, Agriculture, FMCG, and Retail.

At this event, the CEO of BlueVisions and the Institute of Management, Adel Khreich B.Eng., MBA, Adv.Dip.PM, led the event as the keynote speaker. His talk included a brief overview of structured Training and Development planning followed by an introduction to Training Needs Analysis and its importance to companies and organisations in Indonesia, which are being challenged to compete in the vastly expanding global market.

Event participants received a free Training Plan, Framework, and Templates as well as a Training Needs Analysis Template. At this event, The Institute of Management also handed out three scholarships for Australian Diplomas of HR to lucky participants of the event: Mr. Nikko Priambodo from PT Pelni Haltim, Ms. Regina Mutti represented by Ms. Naomi Permatasari from PT Mitra Adi Perkasa and Ibu Titi Purbo Habsari from PT Rekayasa Industri.

20160106010222This event truly made everyone present realise that a planned and structured Training Needs Analysis is an essential part of developing a competency based training program that assists each organisation in achieving its goals. An effective Training Needs Analysis requires a strong team effort, but if properly done, ensures efficient and accurate of the training plans; there is no better time to start than now.