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SHRM Concludes 5th Annual HR Conference & Exposition 2016

The two-day conference and exposition 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

Photo Credit : Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India


The world's largest association Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), concluded 5th Annual conference & exposition in New Delhi.

The two-day conference and exposition 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.

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, 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, Career Builder, 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 studies - "Talent Acquisition & Automation" and "Talent Assessment Tools in India, 2016' were launched during the conference. The study focuses on the hiring metrics, their usage, impact and the level of technology usage within the hiring function.

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

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.