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HR CONCLAVE MUMBAI CONCLUDES AS A HUGE SUCCESS!

 

The HR Conclave 2016 that kick-started in Dubai wrapped up its final leg in Mumbai with a huge success! Recognising the role of Human Resources as vital in contributing ideas for success and executing companies’ business plans in dynamic organisations of today, the HR Conclave 2016 witnessed some of the countries’ top HR professionals participate in a panel discuss on ’Transformation of work and workplaces’ and 'Redefining the talent agenda - accelerating workforce transformation’.

The HR Conclave 2016 that kick-started in Dubai wrapped up its final leg in Mumbai with a huge success! Recognising the role of Human Resources as vital in contributing ideas for success and executing companies’ business plans in dynamic organisations of today, the HR Conclave 2016 witnessed some of the countries’ top HR professionals participate in a panel discuss on ’Transformation of work and workplaces’ and 'Redefining the talent agenda - accelerating workforce transformation’.

As part of the conclave, SP Jain conducted a large-scale survey of HR professionals, across its campus locations in Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and India, on the theme of workforce transformation, as a run up to its prestigious HR conclave. HR professionals polled during the survey represented industries such as FMCG, pharmaceuticals, banking and financial services and hospitality sectors, among others and spanned across various levels.

The survey threw up some interesting findings which were widely discussed by Prof. Christopher Abraham, the architect of the survey, and HR thought leader at SP Jain who said, “The importance of HR can never be over-emphasised. It is fast emerging as the bedrock on which performance of companies will be benchmarked.” 

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The panel discussions made a strong case for work places to transform to work malls where life and work will converge. Have bots started taking human jobs away? This has started happening in some tech companies, as per what HR leader of Amazon India, Raj Raghavan said at Human Resources Conclave at the SP Jain School of Global Management. In a session brilliantly moderated by Prince Augustine of Mahindra & Mahindra, on workforce transformation, Deodatta Kurane of YES BANK spoke of whether one day, performance appraisals will depend on number of social media likes and if job offers should be delivered as well-packaged as pizzas. The HR leaders seemed to concur that globalisation will throw up a need for different skill sets, one has to break the paradigm of face to face leadership connect.  Employees have to be very comfortable with ambiguity.  In the new era, diversity is not just about age and gender, but also about time.  

Talking about the challenges in front of today’s HR fraternity Rani Desai, Chief People Officer, Deloitte said, “While we create infrastructure, what becomes challenging is managing the mind sets of the two distinct generations and marrying them to one common objective of achieving the organisational goals.” Looking at the problem from a contrarian view, Mohit James, Director, Human Resources, L’oreal India, said, “How can technology be the only basis of differentiation between organisations. Somewhere the culture, potential, capacity to create and nurture talent would still differentiate.

Anju Kurien, Talent Director, India, Omnicom Media Group said, “The use of digital medium is a challenge which we have to bridge and therefore consciously work with the older generation (leadership) and ensure there is a merger between the younger and the older lot.” 

The Five big takeaways from the Conclave- 

  • Bots are becoming personal assistants at tech companies and taking over routine jobs
  • When we walk into a door, there must be another door to run out of, to exit your mistakes.
  • Companies need to move towards purpose driven organisations from just profit driven organisations.
  • HR communication will transform into marketing communication where employees will be the customers and take the centre stage.
  • Looking at the workforce as human beings first-will solve most of the problems. 
 
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