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India, 13th September 2022: Today’s workplace has evolved and is different from what it was 24 months ago, and it will differ from what we shall witness 24 months from now. The pandemic has disrupted many norms and well-accepted notions. We have grown from a period where work completion was assumed to be dependent on the place of work, and performance on close monitoring and scrutiny, while workplace experience was interlinked to office infrastructure. The 3rd Annual ReThink HR Conclave 2022 was conducted by Sapphire Connect on the 2nd of September 2022 at Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi, and it focused on embracing change and transformation in work, workforce and workplace.

Addressing the audience on Leadership – leading with resilience we had Ms. Preeti Reddy, Chairwoman South Asia Insights Division, Kantar, who started by defining who a resilient is, she said, “A resilient leader sees failure only as a temporary setback and is not something permanent, they recover quickly and the maintain a positive attitude, positive outlook to what they do. When they are faced with ambiguity, they find a way to move forward and not get stuck with baggage and sustain their energy level under tremendous pressure. Resilience is not only mental but physical, and you have to sustain energy levels. Finally, they need to communicate powerfully."

Organisations in future are going to be about implementing an employee-centric approach to design the work-workforce-workplace.
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Organisations in future are going to be about implementing an employee-centric approach to design the work-workforce-workplace.

Organisations in future are going to be about implementing an employee-centric approach to design the work-workforce-workplace. While talking on a panel discussion on Rethinking Performance Management: Future-proofing the Compensation, Rewards, Benefits & Wellness Strategy, Ms. Kavita Dasan, Chief People Officer, ABP Network, said, “For employees to be happy after appraisals, there is no science. There is nothing that can be done where you can please all after the performance appraisals. We must replace annual appraisals with continuous feedback and make it more transparent, structured quantitative and qualitative, and finally data driven." Talking about employee wellness and well-being at workplace, we had, Ms. Pratishtha, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Amaha, she highlighted, “In the past 2 years the need for mental health support has grown significantly. The number of people struggling have increased like 35% in anxiety depressive disorders, 80% increase in health being sort. Most of the organization focus on one size fits all approach, it does not involve leadership. It gives the onus of the employees well-being in the own hands. The employee is at a workplace not to feel better but to do their jobs and for them to be able to focus on doing their jobs someone else needs to focus on them."

With the Future of Work accelerating due to digital adoption and new demands being placed on businesses and employees, employers are redesigning work, workforce and workplace. During a panel discussion on Web 3.0, we had Ms. Kashish Kapoor, CHRO, NEC India share her experience, she said, “Because of the quantum leap that digitization took, we have acquired a lot of tools, we have created a lot of options. The workspace parallelly has been undergoing changes from completely work from home to hybrid to now a mixture of back to office. We are now going to start evaluating on how we are going to build our EVP’s from a long term future of work perspective to bringing in the right kind of mix or tools which we will need to build the efficiency and agility and engagement of this workforce."

The conclave also organized Speed Connect an exclusive one-of-its-kind opportunity for recruitment agencies and academic institutions who had the chance to meet from an extensive list of employment partners.
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The conclave also organized Speed Connect an exclusive one-of-its-kind opportunity for recruitment agencies and academic institutions who had the chance to meet from an extensive list of employment partners.

Furthermore, to build an enduring organization—one with the right people possessing the right capabilities in the right roles at the right time—three talent management strategies are necessary: redeployment, reskilling, and upskilling. Talking about the need to understand skill gap, we had, Ms. Aarti Kohli, Director HR, Bausch + Lomb, she said, “When we look at the skill gap we need to understand what is the barrier which leaders face so as to address the skill gap. The when, what and how is something that all leader’s kind of struggle with when it comes to skill problem."

The conclave also organized Speed Connect an exclusive one-of-its-kind opportunity for recruitment agencies and academic institutions who had the chance to meet from an extensive list of employment partners. The Speed Connect witnessed around 40+ Employment partners, 75+ Recruitment partners, 35+ Academic partners and 50+ MOU’s at the event. Jasminder Singh, Director, Mastermind Network who attended as an Agency Partner said, “The Speed Connect is a faster way to connect & engage with Clients face to face and other partners in the industry as well to build network. I think it is a fantastic platform to learn and connect with the HR fraternity"

Talking about the ReThink HR Conclave, Mr. Rishi Kapoor, Partner & Business Head, Sapphire Connect said, “We have seen a stark change in the relationship between employees and the workplace, organizations have to invest in helping people navigate through their vision for the hybrid workplace and any changes to the physical workspace. By adopting this change employers can seek balance productivity, well-being, and a sense of connection in the evolving future of work. This edition of the ReThink HR Conclave 2022 we highlighted the critical factors shaping the work-workforce-workplace of the future."

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