The Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur hosted the fifth edition of its Annual HR Conclave on the 16th and 17th of June, 2017. The event witnessed the participation of illustrious thought leaders in the field of HR from some of the leading companies across industries. The speakers included Yogi Sriram – Senior VP of Corporate HR at LNT, Sandeep Batra – Senior VP and Chief Talent Officer at Vodafone, Ramesh Shankar S – Executive VP and Head of HR (South Asia) at SIEMENS, Abhishek Mishra – Head of HR Downstream at Shell India, A. Thirunavukkarasu – President HR at JK Group, Shraddha Pradhan – VP HR at ICICI Lombard, Sunil Seth – Head HR Dentsu Aegis Network and T. Karunakar – VP HR at Apollo Hospitals.
The umbrella theme of the event “Reshaping the HR Perspective” comprised of two primary panels – one concerning about ways to break stereotypes surrounding HR and the other involving the transformations in HR practices in a world of extensive digitization and automation.
The key-note speaker, Sriram on his address to the students on the first day of the event highlighted the challenges that HR personnel around the world, and especially in a growing economy like India, are facing owing to rapid changes in the socio-economic environment of the world. His interactive session dealt with several insights from a long corporate career and his anecdotes were great sources of knowledge and inspiration for all present. “Hyper-uncertainty is the new normal”, said Sriram. He further talked about the elements that make up a great leader and his leadership style – stability, agility, and humility. He talked about preserving our old fashioned values, and how different leaders in the modern world are changing it with their dynamic leadership styles.
The second day of the event kick-started with an address by the Director of IIMU, professor Janat Shah, who enlightened the gathering about the motto and mission of the institute. The first speaker on the dias Karunakar spoke about how HR can act as a “Game-Changer” in the modern corporate scenario and the “Transformational Role” of an HR practitioner in a company.
Thirunavukkarasu spoke next about what is and what isn’t HR. A practitioner with years of experience under his belt, he gave many live examples to amplify his points and his speech was indeed an eye-opener for students wanting to make HR a livelihood.
Sunil Seth’s presentation was extremely entertaining for the audience. Being a man from the advertising domain, his audio-visual presentation left the audience in splits. He also talked about the employee life cycle and the types of HR managers that are required for the future.
The three speakers were also part of a panel discussion on the topic of “Breaking Stereotypes in the HR Domain” where they opinionated on all the major stereotypes surrounding the field – from women being better at it to the perceived notion that HR is only limited to salary and recruitment.
The second half of the event started off with Ramesh Shankar who was of the belief that organisations around the world are hiring less based on knowledge and skills but more on the right mindset. His speech also cantered around pertinent question on how automation and digitization will impact organisations and the role of HR in the changing status quo.
Pradhan talked about the dos and don’ts of globalisation and how talent assessment and management needs to be done in such a scenario. She talked about the changing perceptions, markets and demands and how it is becoming even tougher for HR managers.
Batra talked about how HR needs to familiarize itself with the business first to have an idea about what the firm is upto. He also emphasized the importance of analytics and technology in HR for the future.
The final speaker of the day was Mishra who talked about how HR is transforming into a strategic partner for the organisation. He talked about the values of relationship and employee satisfaction in an organisation. He concluded by delving into the modern trends in talent acquisition.
The event was well received by the audience who were enthralled and enlightened by the highly capable panel of speakers. A completely student-driven event – right from ideation to delivery, Spandan 2017 was another feather in IIMU’s cap.