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SHRM India Annual Conference 2017 concluded - Comprehensive HR policy is the core of winning formula!

The SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition 2017, the biggest event for HR fraternity of the sub-continent, engaged human resource professionals around the theme 'WIN'. The two day event witnessed across 35+ knowledge sessions, 80+ global speakers, 1250+ delegates and 550+ companies gathered from all parts of the globe to discuss the traits required for winning - FIRE, COLLABORATE, EVOLVE, FIRST MOVER, and BELIEF. Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM India set the ball rolling on the first day of the conference by welcoming all the delegates and speakers.
Apt to the theme - WIN - of the event, the keynote address was delivered by Mr. Rajesh Sud, Exe. Vice Chairman and MD - Max Life Insurance. In the session titled : What does it take to make promote winning as second nature in your organization? Mr. Sud explained how one can make bold and transformational leadership commitments to move towards a future that redefines and restores relationship with collaborative winning!
The session was followed by a special address by Dr. Brad Shuck, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and learning at the University of Louisville and Strategic & Academic Partner, BI WORLDWIDE, on the importance of an employee value proposition to build workplace conditions that promotes happier, committed employees at all levels i.e. winning employee.
Following series of concurrent knowledge sessions also got underway on the day one of the event.
  • Transformational talent : Understanding the Traits and Behaviours of Top Talent
  • Personal innovation : Igniting dreams, passions, careers and social impact
  • How can Indian companies tide the wave of automation & prepare themselves for jobs of tomorrow?
  • Experience, Productivity & Business Impact : Empowering employees through digital
In a special session on - Dramatic Conversation, Abhijit Bhaduri one of India's most noted columnist and Ashish Vidyarthi, national award winning actor engaged the audience with a meaningful deliberation on truth and its many shades and the ups and downs face by a person in his life and careers.
In his closing keynote Padma Shri awardee Mr. Ajeet Bajaj, (also an adventurer, explorer and the first Indian to have skied to both ends of planet earth) talked about the leadership and life lessons he has learnt along the way on his arduous and amazing adventures!
The day concluded on a winning note with the HR Excellence Awards Ceremony followed by a Gala Evening. Opening act by Tatva dance Troupe, from Amity University; performances by 'HR's Got Talent' finalists & laugh riot with stand - up comedian Vikramjit Singh were to help soak in the days learning's and rejuvenate for second day of the conference.
The awards handed out in 10 different categories which recognizes organizations for their pioneering and innovative people management practices that impact not just organizations but also business, society and the profession as a whole.
The second and concluding day of SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition 2017 started with a warm - up session, quite literally, with a yoga session. Technology came into play as celebrity yoga master, Vidya Malavade connected with the audience from a remote location.
After the yoga session, what set the tone of the day was the key-note address by Sean McGrath, Vice president - HR of the World Bank Group. Mr. McGrath's presentation captured the entire gamut of human resource best practices in World Bank. However, what caught the attention to a jam - packed room was World Bank's commitment and special attention towards improving the living standards in India.
Other agendas for the day included an eclectic mix of special sessions, panel discussions, book launch, report launch, and knowledge sessions centered on the conference's theme of winnability through HR practices.
The day saw some serious discussions and special talks around ways to build a winning culture such as, mitigating gender bias in the workplace, the future of the international employee during times of political nationalism and the confluence of HR and entrepreneurship.
A series of concurrent knowledge sessions also addressed myriad topics from diversity and inclusion, leveraging technology, employee benefits, wellness, and productivity, to creative leadership and effective collaboration. Eminent speakers from top leadership of corporates and industry experts shared insightful thoughts and ideas on the various panel discussion, special talks, and knowledge sessions. The common thread binding all these sessions together is the focus on building a winning culture and the role of HR in doing so.
Speaking about the conference Ms. Achal Khanna, CEO, SHRM said, "SHRM India is pleased to deliver the region's biggest and most coveted HR platform where top thought leaders from across the globe shared key insights and best practices concerning the business. The platform also facilitated interaction amongst the business community at large. We will continue building the platforms for more such interaction within the HR community and also recognize and reward excellence in the HR Domain."
'Demystifying Sales hiring', report of a collaborative study between Mettl and SHRM India was also launched during the day. This report is the outcome of painstaking research undertaken to try and better understand the nature of sales across industries and experiences to identify key factors leading to success in various sales situations.
The top 10 companies with the best Employee Health & Wellness Initiatives for the year 2017 were also released. The rankings are arrived at through a collaborative assessment of the health and wellness initiatives of numerous companies to identify the best of the lot.
The day ended with a session on 'Secrets of a Super Achiever'. Vikas Singh, Chief of Staff at AP Globale, recounts his life's journey from a small farming village with no electricity and barely any infrastructure to bagging a full scholarship to pursue MBA and working with top global companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and now with AP Globale. The real life story is truly inspiring and highlights the strength of pure grit and determination.