Capacity Building for Records Management Officers
The ‘joy of empowerment’ is addictive as any drug. The key to good teaching is to find that place between encouragement and critique where the student learns what they must do and gains the confidence to do it. (Robin Baratta)
While tertiary education equips one with the necessary papers to get the job, with the HR enabling them to get quality induction, the route to being a successful employee is being able to build your capacity in your area of specialization.
In records management the constant changes in the field require one to be abreast with the changes.
In most workplaces, one is lucky to secure one chance to attend a conference, workshop or even a seminar, while in others it takes a lifetime. In the field of records management, a year in the dark without getting such opportunities means missed education, quality practical training, networking opportunity among others. Attending them offers an opportunity to develop new professional relationships, meet new friends, gain knowledge and become more successful in your career.
If you are in records management and the following things still sound Greek; the electronic records management, document management, outsourced records management, records management policies and manuals, retention schedules, information security among others.. probability is you are missing out on many more and such includes even opportunities that may require such expertise.
In June this year, we sent out a questionnaire on one area in records management that guys would love to see in our next trainings and out of the various answers, 80% chose information security, 60% want electronic document management solution, 90% would like to attend one on digitization/bulk scanning and about 20% chose policies and procedures. Not to forget 100% confirming need to learn about set up/management of records centres among other areas. See the questionnaire here
Now ask yourself when you last attended a workshop?