P&M HR Roundtable 2016 - The Grand Finale

After successfully conducting sector-specific HR roundtable sessions in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru, People and Management, an imprint of L B Associates (Pvt) Ltd, hosted the final leg of the roundtable in the national capital on March 15, 2016 at the Metropolitan Hotel & Spa.

Ms Linda Brady Hawke, Publisher & CEO, L B Associates (Pvt) Ltd set the tone for the roundtable, thanks to her electrifying speech.

Welcoming the HR leaders, delegates and speakers, Ms Linda remarked: "The HR Journal Indian Ethos At Work is the result of the series of roundtables held on India's Best HR Practices in different sectors. Today is the time for the celebration of Women in Leadership roles. Women are breaking new ground and when it comes to corporate senior decision-making positions, they are hitting the glass ceiling, and may be now it's time to break this ceiling."

The inaugural session started with the launch of the HR Journal Indian Ethos At Work and the People and Management 'companion' edition Women As Agents of Change.

Ms Poonam Barua, Founder-Chairman, Forum for Women in Leadership, and CEO, WILL Forum India, spoke passionately about the importance of women in leadership positions.

"It is important to understand the volume of change that the staggering number of Indian women are bringing, and can bring. We must validate the role that women are playing in leadership positions with numbers," Ms Poonam emphasised.

Mr A Sundara Rajan, Founder and Director, Thomas Assessments Pvt Ltd, moderated the session that witnessed convergence of many experienced and respected HR leaders brainstorming and outlining the key workforce issues pertaining to Retail, Hotel & Hospitality, Healthcare, IT & ITeS, etc.

Several pertinent questions were deliberated upon - what are the best ways to connect with the millennials at the workplace? Are employers in sync with their aspirations? How to better the work-life balance of an employee so that his job satisfaction improves leading to enhanced productivity? How best to smoothen the exit process of employees so that he remains an ambassador of the organisation?

Highlighting the war for talent that continues, Ms Ruchi Bhalla, HR, Pitney Bowes, cited meritocracy as the universal ethos. Deliberating upon the women-friendly policies at the workplace, she said: "Taking care of the decision-making fraternity of the female employees is very important."

Mr Anmol Singh, Head HR, Hotel ITC Maurya shed light on the huge impact of HR on the stakeholders. Maintaining that recruitment/retention remain a challenge, Mr Anmol from the Hotels and Hospitality sector suggested: "At times, it's a good idea to delay hiring. Whiles it's important to understand millennials, the fact remains that people express same values though in a different way. Only satisfied and happy employees can provide quality service".

Mr Rajiv Kapoor, Chief People Officer, EVP, Fortis Healthcare, enlightened the audience about the growing number of women at senior positions. However, he lamented the high attrition rate in the nursing department.

While commending the exemplary role that the armed forces play, Mr Anupam Jauhari, Vice President & Global Head, HR, Infogain, made an emphatic statement: "The passion and commitment that drive armed forces is missing in the industry, which is the root cause of all the HR challenges that we face today".

The day long deliberations brought to focus the current business challenges, and how the business can achieve their goals through innovative approaches to HR.

Besides the brainstorming, the roundtable was made lively by Mr Vineet Tandon, India's one and only Guitar Playing Motivational Speaker, who strummed guitar and chanted mantras to motivate the audience.

PeopleWorks, the Title Sponsor, and Bajaj Allianz, the Associate Partner, gave a demo of their products and services.

ASCO Consultancy was the Associate Partner; the Co-Partners were ThinkTalent and PeopleCart, Event Partners were Delhi Management Association (DMA) and Indus Business School (IBS), and Supporting Partners were Fortis Hospital and PNB MetLife Insurance.

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