New Delhi: The 3-day SHRM India Annual & Tech Conference organised by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management concluded successfully today. The HR Confluence of 2020 has been an instructive engagement for the participants as well as global HR leaders who pooled in their resources and engaged in insightful deliberations as the world continues to grapple with the changes and new normal brought about by the pandemic that is COVID-19.
The virtual conference and exposition also saw two marquee events in the HR sector coming together to create a joint platform that is focussed on driving a better understanding of the various challenges and present viable solution and technological aids that can help strengthen the practise of HR and their ability to guide and lead organisations through a crisis.
“There is a silver lining about the current times and we must practice empathy and forgiveness to drive through these times, said Emily Dickens, Corporate Secretary, Chief of Staff & Head, Government Affairs, SHRM in the opening keynote session: ‘Leading in a time of crisis’.
“We create a plan for our employees with their purpose, how they want to grow and what skills they have, helping us to know when they are low on energy or mental well-being and as a company, help them with anything they need’, said Leena Nair, CHRO, Unilever in a candid conversation with Johnyy C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, President & CEO , SHRM.
Inaugurated by Achal Khanna, CEO – SHRM India & Business Head – APAC & MENA on 9th December, the conference under the theme “Together Towards Tomorrow” saw over 75 exciting knowledge Sessions on topics such as ‘Leveraging the immersive virtual platform’, ‘Get ahead of the WorkTech curve’ and on topics that focussed on being equipped to be future ready and succeeding with remote teams. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP President & CEO, SHRM; “Tiger” Tyagarajan CEO, Genpact. Dr. Sanjeev Goenka Chairman, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Shri Suresh Prabhu Member of Parliament, Government on India. Ramanan Ramanathan Mission Director, Atal Bharat Mission were some prominent speakers at the event.
Speaking about the conference, Achal Khanna, CEO – SHRM India & Business Head – APAC & MENA, said, “HR has a very important role to play in the current evolving scenario due to theCOVID-19 pandemic and we are overwhelmed to witness the industry’s leading voices on the virtual stage at SHRMI20 and the response of the delegates who learnt about the emerging work models, the wellness imperatives and renewed business strategies from eminent CXOs, thought leaders, and industry experts’’.
Along with the address from eminent personalities from the HR field, Government functionaries, and Honchos of corporate houses, the event also saw some candid discussions from a panel of experts and HR leaders from some of the biggest names in the corporate world from across the world. Some of the pertinent topics of discussion at the event were ‘Addressing skill changes in the new normal’, ‘Human capital in the time of COVID-19’, ‘The human and AI shared workplace’, ‘Digital disruption in people management and governance’ and ‘Employee engagement in the cyberage’.