Empowering HR through Technology: A way forward
IILM Gurgaon organized a National Conference on ‘Empowering HR through Technology: The Way Forward’ on September 30, 2016.Through this conference it aimed to create a platform where HR professionals could share their insights on the sweep of technology in the area of Human Resource. The world of human resources has experienced something of a revolution over the last decade. Much of that change is due to advances in technology and the opportunities found when hiring managers began embracing the Internet as a new tool in their toolbox rather than just an interesting way to pass the time. The World Wide Web has forever changed the way we do almost everything — and change is good. Change is the only constant force in this dynamic and competitive world. The conference was a conﬂuence of corporate speakers and academia experts to merge the practical and the theoretical spectrum together. This will aid in better understanding of the changing HR arena and how converging HR and technology can create value. The sessions were power packed with the theme to bring forth the clarity of concepts and actionable steps for the audience.
The Objective of the conference were 1.To advance the ﬁeld of HR by incorporating latest technology leading to increase in productivity. 2. Removing human biases through technology in HR practices, increasing value for the organization. 3.Recruiting employees, engaging employees, acquiring talent, retaining employees, optimizing employee performance through technology 4.To understand the ethical value of social media in HR practices.
There were 3 sessions. The conference began with lighting of the lamp by our Chief Guest Mr. Kamal Singh Director General National HRD Network and Mr. Kaustav Mitra Director Xecute HR solution and Dr. Sujata Shahi Senior Director IILM Gurgaon campus. Dr. Sujata welcomed the guests and all the participants of the conference. The theme of the conference was introduced by Dr.Pinky Goswami. In her speech, she stressed on the importance of transition in HR keeping up to the requirements of the Millennial, “A generation born to the digital world”.
Dr. Kaustav Mitra gave the keynote address and talked in detail about the changing nature of HR in all its functions. The plenary session members were, Ms. Vishwapriya Associate Director HR PWC,Mr. Manish Anand– (Vice President IT Max Life Insurance) and Mr. Raj Nehru (Director HR Schneider Electricals). All the plenary speakers gave very interesting presentations about the new age HR and the way it has got about the multi faceted changes impacting an entire organization. It was well appreciated by the participants. The moderator of the plenary session Dr. P.Goswami summed up the session along with a Q&A round.
Session 1: Driving Employee engagement with modern HR Technology
The global forces are reshaping the workplace, the workforce, and work itself. After years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture, executives see a need to reinvent a new design of the organization. Four powerful forces—from demographic upheavals and the rise of digital technology to rapid business-model innovation, and socially driven evolution in the employer-employee relationship—are driving change for both HR functions and the organizations they serve, creating talent challenges and potential solutions radically different from those faced by previous generations of leaders. The speakers for the session was Mr. Debabrata Bannerjee (VP Enterprise Business Application Apollo International) Mr. Kishore Das (HR Advisor and Consultant DCM ) Ms. Pooja Goswami ( Head- People Function HR EKO India Financial Services ) Ms. Prerna Kapoor(Sr. Manager Compensation & Benefit – Pepsico) Ms. Sukanya Devi (Student PGDM Term 4). The moderator for the session
Session 2: Managing People Performance through HR Analytics
The working environment is increasingly becoming very complex and ambiguous. This has put human resources into a challenging situation in terms of making definite decisions in the workplace. HR has to look constantly at new tools for making risk free decisions, and this is where the help of HR analytics comes in. HR analytics is the use of statistical methods like factor analysis, correlation and regression and making use of different sources and variables to arrive at meaningful insights. It helps HR understand the dynamics in the workforce. The speakers for the session were Ms. Neeti Kumar (Manager HR Xceedance) Ms. Manu Gupta (Founder of Innokreat which provides customised Employee Wellness and Analytics Software Solutions to HR) Ms. Shyana Mehta(Student of PGDM Term 4) and Mr. Asif Mir Shabbir (Student of PGDM Term 1). The session moderator Prof. Richa Bhargava finally opened the session for the participants to put up questions to the speakers.
Session 3: Recruiting Talent through social media and ethics of social media: A look into the challenges and downside
Every month million people use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Such social platforms, with the largest audiences available. Recruiters are increasingly turning to the social web to market their companies to job seekers and to screen prospective employees. Is the use of social media an ethical form of screening for recruiters to use, or are they taking candidate research too far and invading their privacy? Recruiters may argue that social media is a public platform, unless the candidate makes it otherwise, and that it’s their own choice to share the content that is available to anyone who searches for it. This session discussed the challenges and downside. The speakers for the session was Mr. Mayank Arora(Cargill Hr Head),Mrs. Malbika Bose(Black Barry- HR head) Mrs. Arti Kohli Ashwani(Bausch&Lombs HR head)Ms. Sonam Yadav (Student of PGDM Term 4). Prof.Ruchi Shah the moderator of the session summed up the session discussion on the positive and negative influences of social media in the HR sector.
The conference concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof. Shivani Ahuja.