The first edition of Post Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management’s HR Conclave – IIMI-NENCE 2020, was held virtually on January 16-17, 2021. Conducted on the theme ‘The Millennial View’, the conclave brought together the brightest of minds in the field of HR, who shared their personal thoughts and experiences to stimulate conversations, which would be instrumental in providing inspiration and mentorship to students – the budding HR professionals and steer them towards achieving greater heights.
Professor Nobin Thomas, Chair, PGP-HRM inaugurated the event with all the PGP-HRM participants in attendance. This was followed by an address by the first guest speaker, Mr. Sudheesh Venkatesh, CPO, Azim Premji Foundation on the topic ‘Hybrid Workplaces: The Future is Here’. Mr. Venkatesh highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid workplaces. He shared his insights on what organizations should do, given that these workplaces are the new reality and the challenges faced during its execution.
Mr. Abraham Zachariah, SVP HR- Leadership Development & Talent Management, GSCs & Technology, HSBC, held the second session on the topic ‘Integrating HR & Technology: From the millennial perspective’. He highlighted the difference between Generation Y and Generation Z and their respective importance in the organizations. The key takeaway was that it is not the generation gap that makes Millennials different but the hierarchy and concept of organization. Moreover, it is not the people who change but the environment that keeps on changing.
The third session of the day was conducted by Mr. Pavan Bakshi, Founder, and CEO of Prime Meridian Consulting India. He discussed how the millennials in the workplace are reshaping the future of human resources. He also spoke about the 17 job skills that are very important while transitioning from college to professional life. Mr. Bakshi shared his real-life incidents, which the students found very enriching.
The second day of the conclave started off with an address by Mr. Rinku Alexander, Director, HR Oracle, on ‘the Millennial View – Everything from top to bottom’. He talked about the values associated with Millennial generation such as technical savviness, dream followers, need for feedback, ability to multitask, sense of entitlement etc. He discussed multiple concepts including the VUCA world, RUPT, IKIGAI, Networking ABCD, to name a few. The session also touched upon topics like neuroscience, neuroplasticity, the SCARF model, Circles of Control/ Influence/ Concern, Multigenerational hacks, and many more.
In the next session, the students had the opportunity to listen to Mr. Azfar Hussain, Senior Vice President, Bajaj FinServ. Mr. Hussain shared his insights on the differences in values of various generations and gave his perspective on the meaning of leadership. It was a very interactive session that also touched upon the importance of self-awareness, emotional quotient, communication, and flexibility in one’s career. The session ended with a healthy vision: “Be authentic, Be inclusive, Be empowering.”
The conclave was concluded by Mr. Praveen Kamath, General Manger and HR Head, Wipro Ltd on the topic ‘How are the millennials reshaping Human Resources’ future?’ Mr. Praveen talked about self-assessment, self-reflection, self-awareness, and factors that affect career choices and situations. He touched upon the nine personality traits and the importance of career management. Mr. Praveen also enlightened the students about the steps that they need to follow to thrive in the industry.
The two-day event came to a close on a high note, with much appreciation from the participants and the speakers alike. The conclave helped the participants to get a lot of food for thought as they prepare themselves to head out to organizations and create an impact.