5th SHRM India Annual HR Conference and Exposition 2016 concludes successfully - WorldHRDiary

October 02, 2016

5th SHRM India Annual HR Conference and Exposition 2016 concludes successfully

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management concluded its 5th Annual conference & exposition in New Delhi recently. The two-day conference and exposition held at Hotel Taj palace,  New Delhi witnessed the presence of over 1000+ delegates, including HR professionals, corporate leaders and over 90 speakers and acclaimed thought leaders from all over the world.

This year’s conference was based on the theme “‘DARE – A Bold New HR” that highlighted the rapidly evolving HR practices that are both refreshingly different and daring. The tectonic shift in people management practices require the professional to think out of the box and push oneself to the edge to strike the perfect balance between expectations and optimum output. SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition also presented the opportunity for all attendees to network and engage with fellow delegates through a series of impactful sessions.This year’s conference shines the spotlight on the millennials and their penchant for risk taking and bold moves that had challenged traditional HR practices and redefined the scope and spectrum of HR management.

The first day of the event started with CHRE Hub, where~130 HR heads of corporate participated; followed by welcome address by Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India, and a beautiful performance by the Children of Salaam Baalak Trust and ended with a glittering HR award ceremony along with performance by ‘Alive Indians’ and Bangalore based NGO ‘Unsung Heroes’.  The first day witnessed some interesting sessions like, Busting the Myth of the Open Organization; The Bold New HR: Courageous and Business Savvy; Shifting Gears: The Talent Acquisition & Metrics Story; Performance cycle and the bell curve; the final verdict; A salute to the spirit of Daring!

The key note address by Genpact’s Founder Pramod Bhasin, pioneer of the business process management in India, showcases how Daring to dream and believe are the corner stone of innovation and necessary ingredient to achieving something big. Subsequent sessions took a deep look at some of the myths surrounding open organization, hierarchy vis-à-vis organizational backbone, culture of political connection and organizational success. Discussions also centers around the role of HR in organizations, how a BOLD new HR is emerging as the main driving force behind a business, discussions also takes a look at how HR can create value impacting bottom-line of an organization.

The second day of the event was marked by interesting sessions like The Face of Talent in the 21st Century; Employee Stress is stressing your bottom-line; 'It’s time for YOUR feedback, HR!! The Performance Appraisal of the HR Department; Dare to Dream! The 'Jio' Story; the Olympic Mindset.

The sessions included address by keynote speakers and other panellists, who shared key insights and their experience while discussing key HR trends currently dominating the industry across the globe. The event, which was the largest gathering of top Chief HR officers of companies across a wide spectrum of industries, also provided an ideal environment for discussion and analysis of the best HR practices.

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog shared his insights on the various activities and campaigns and what it takes to positioning and branding of India as a leading tourism destination globally. A break out session on ‘Employee stress is stressing your bottom-line: A deep dive into how to de-stress Corporate India’ looks at major employee complaints and how such grumbles led to employees leaving an organization and how organizations can achieve a stress free workplace. A question hour on ‘The digital darefor HR transformation puts forth three compelling questions to three CHRO’s on the biggest DARE HR has or will ever face.

Achal Khanna CEO, SHRM India

Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India highlighted the need for organizations to be Bold in their HR practices during her welcome address. “The world today is no longer the one of yesteryears that we remember. Much has changed in the way businesses are conducted and the world itself is in a state of constant change. It therefore would be counterproductive for organizations to remain stuck in the best practices of say 2005 or 2010. Better and innovative metrics to measure employee performance are evolving, and organizations must be Bold enough to change with the changing times,” said Khanna. She also exhorted the CHROs to be innovative so that HR best practices are worthy of emulation globally.

Premlesh Machama, MD, CareerBuilder, said, "Concepts around Human Resource & Talent Acquisition over the last couple of years have been evolving at a rapid pace. It has increasingly become important for leaders and practitioners to share & exchange evolving trends, best practices, challenges and way forward in this domain. Events like these organized by SHRM are the best platforms for such exchanges and immensely help everyone to share & learn from each other. Platforms like these work as facilitators in enabling the evolving change." 

Some of the eminent speakers who attended at the conference were Pramod Bhasin, Founder-Genpact& Chairman- The Skills Academy; Amitabh Kant, CEO - NITI Aayog; Sanjay Jog, CHRO; Reliance Jio; Karl Heinz Oehler, Managing Director–Denison Consulting; AlpanaParida, Managing Director - DY Works + Idiom, Anuranjita Kumar, Managing Director, CHRO - Citi South Asia; Abhijit Bhaduri, Ex CLO, Wipro.; Glenn DittrichDirector Smarter Workforce, IBM Asia Pacific; Vicky Roy Photographer, Forbes 30 under 30 2016; Deep Kalra; CEO, Make My Trip; Gavin Freeman, Sports and Business Psychologist & Author; and Ritu Anand, Dy. Head Global HR & Talent Management, TCS.

Two notable launches were made during the conference this year. The first one was a collaborative study by SHRM India and Career Builder on “Talent Acquisition & Automation”. The study focuses on the hiring metrics, their usage, impact and the level of technology usage within the hiring function.

The second launch was “Talent Assessment Tools in India, 2016’, acollaborative study between SHRM India and MeritTrac which focuses on the various aspects of assessments such as usage, tracking, integration with other tools, obstacles in usage and the future focus.

SHRM India also announced the winners of its annual awards for excellence in human resource management and innovative practices.

Sr. No
Category name
Position/Organization name
Excellence In Social Media - People Practices
Winner – IDFC Bank Limited
Excellence in Talent Sourcing & Staffing
Winner –  Mercer Consulting (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Excellence in Community Impact
Winner – Shree Cement Limited
Employer with Best Employee Health & Wellness Initiative
Winner – Wipro Limited
Excellence in HR - South Asia (Excluding India)
Winner – Brandix Group
Excellence in Developing Leaders of Tomorrow
Winner – Aditya Birla Financial Services Ltd.
Excellence In Diversity & Inclusion
Winner – Wipro Limited

Other attraction at the conference was launch of ‘The Digital Tsunami’ book by Abhijit Bhaduri CLO, Wipro. The book contains useful insights on the rapid transformation taking place in the digital era. How new business models and new rules of business and laws governing them are emerging by the day. And how experience in the past ceases to be a relevant guide for the future. The book promises a good read for those taking the time to read it.

The 5th SHRM conference and Exposition 2016 was concluded with a closing keynote address from Mr. Gavin Freeman- a well-known business and sports psychologist on how to develop an Olympic mindset. The keynote explored deep insights into performing under pressure with a strong message on how an individual can develop a resilient, focused, disciplined and motivated approach to life and work.

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