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Rewriting the future of work & workforce: ReThink HR Conclave

This conclave was held at Hotel Sahara in Mumbai and witnessed 30+ speakers, 120+ HR Leaders in person and in addition 2000+ HR professionals who joined us virtually.

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Rethink HR Annual Conclave 2022 - 2nd Edition

India, 17th March 2022: From rebalancing priorities to rethinking HR, human resource leaders are thinking bigger and broader as they gear up to deal with an increasingly agile and restless workforce. The Sapphire Connect recently concluded the 2nd Annual ReThink HR Conclave 2022 that discussed exactly on how the HR Leaders need to stay abreast and prepare themselves for the future of work as they adapt to new realities. This conclave was held at Hotel Sahara in Mumbai and witnessed 30+ speakers, 120+ HR Leaders in person and in addition 2000+ HR professionals who joined us virtually.

With the world moving digital, it is important to leverage technology in business processes. Thus, making HR transformation an important element that needs to be prioritized, not only for growth and seamless functioning but also for appealing to the millennials who are the latest workforce driving the growth story of organizations all over the world. Rahul Maitra, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ambuja Cements said, “I think we are in a stage where we are evolving, yet to get in a journey where we see dynamic workforce management. We do it mostly in our annual manpower planning processes, employee lifecycle processes, however, the workforce construct itself is changing. In light of that, tech actually helps us disrupt space and plan for the future."

Rishi Kapoor, Associate Partner & Business Head, Sapphire Connect
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Rishi Kapoor, Associate Partner & Business Head, Sapphire Connect

As humans have a basic need for belonging and connection, employees want to build relationships at work. Be it personal connections with managers or leaders or coworkers or customers. Thus, engagement in the workplace has evolved considerably over the last decade. Speaking at the conclave was Ramakrishna Vyamajala, CHRO, HomeFirst who emphasized that, “I would look at it from 2 different perspective if you say employee experience, I will call it a little more individual as its specific, its personalized, it’s about ME as an individual. Whereas when I look at employee engagement, I look at it from the lens of an organization and what all of us together need to do for the organization."

Today, employee well-being has moved beyond physical well-being as they focus on building a culture of holistic well-being that includes physical, emotional, financial, social, career, community, and purpose. However, at the center of this is the growing need for flexibility in where, when, and how employees work. Addressing the importance of employee wellbeing Sumit Neogi, HR Director - South Asia & Middle East, Lubrizol, said, “Organizational culture is being built by the people, by the processes and by what is being communicated. Till the time people are not involved mentally, physically into what is been done every policy practice will fall flat and the culture will go for a toss."

The new way of thinking about D&I focuses on meeting the needs of the individual and not so much on an HR-centered initiative. Today, it is not only about having diversity within a company but leveraging that diversity to produce better products and services. Joy Banerjee, Head - Human Resources, IL&FS asks, “We talk about we are an equal employer. We want to recruit people who have some kind of physical challenges but the question to be asked is ``Is the organization really equipped enough to handle that kind of a scenario?" Thus, ensuring diversity and inclusion across the board – whether that is diversity of gender, race, age or background – is on leaders to create the right environment that will help their employees thrive, regardless of challenges faced at work or in their personal lives. Adding to it, Ms. Naghma Sharma, Partner, Sapphire Human Solutions said, “When we talk about diversity we think about gender, but today diversity is not just gender."

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 50+ Employment Partner, 75+ Recruitment Agencies and 50+ Academic Partners with 90+ MOU’s signed at the event. Mr. Pritul Sanghavi, Managing Partner, Talentor International who was the Agency Partner said, “The conclave went smoothly with great attendance and high participant satisfaction. Considering the pandemic, the event was well organized with all covid protocols followed. The Speed connect round was a great way to meet the clients face to face plus the industry was diverse and we were meeting the decision makers."

D&I Panel
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D&I Panel

Other speakers who graced this conclave were: RM Vishakha, MD & CEO, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company; Animesh Kumar, President – HR & Transformation, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd; Dr. Komal Mathur, HR Head – India Business, Tata Consultancy Services; CS Krishnakumar, CHRO, Essar Power; Surya Shekhar De, Head- Financial Institutions (McLagan), Human Capital Solutions, Aon; Anil Salvi, MD & Group Head | Human Resources, JM Financial; Milind Apte, SVP HR, CEAT Tyres; Minakshi Samant, Executive Director, Human Resources, Ingram Micro; Dipankar Ghosh, CHRO, Bajaj Consumer Care; Reena Wahi, VP - HR, Tata Realty; Anisha Dossa, CEO & Co-founder, Jify; Naresh Taneja, Group President HR & Admin, IRB Infrastructure Developers; Nivedita Nanda, CHRO, Kaya India; Murtuza Shabbir Arsiwala, Head - Multiply Wellness India, Aditya Birla Wellness; Minaxi Indra, President, Upgrad; Saurabh Arya, Vice President - Enterprise Business, Simpliliearn; Navnidh Kochar Karaka, Head HR - Global Corporate Security, Reliance Industries; Vicky Jain, Founder and CEO, uKnowva and many more….

Talking about the ReThink HR Conclave, Mr. Rishi Kapoor, Business Head & Associate Partner, Sapphire Connect said, “Sapphire Connect strongly believes that the global pandemic has primarily shifted the features of traditional working of HR by imposing a positive move from rigid problem solving to designing the workplaces of the future. ReThink HR Conclave is one such initiative that gathers leaders from the industry to understand the changing needs of the organization goals and how they can go beyond and prepare for the future world of work."

Disclaimer: This content is distributed by SRV Media. No HT journalist is involved in creation of this content. 

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Published: 21 Mar 2022, 06:07 PM IST
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