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OLX People recognizes HR professionals for their pioneering efforts during Covid-19

Gurgaon, Haryana, March 11, 2021; India's Leading Tech-Powered HR Platform, OLX People today announced the winners of the first edition of “OLX People HR Excellence Award”. Industry leaders across multiple sectors were felicitated and recognised for their achievements, triumphs, accomplishments, and spirit of HR in the sphere of recruitment and talent acquisition.  

Driven by the pandemic, there has been a swift change in the job recruitment process which has transformed the hiring and onboarding process within organisations. Coming during Covid-19, these awards in its first year, celebrate HR individuals and brands who have successfully overcome the arduous challenges that the pandemic unleashed and led their organisation in reimagining the HR function to make a positive difference to their businesses.The event was held virtually on the 5th of March 2021 and it was mindfully curated by the community, for the community.  

The highlight of the event was the invaluable insights and the business experience shared by the top industry experts, which helped numerous other businesses and industries to be agile and adapt to the evolving times. The event was attended by over 450+ CHROs, CEO's, CTOs, CIO's and various other TA, L&D, R&R, Employee Wellness and other function heads.

The award winners out of numerous nominations were selected by an eminent jury in a closed room brought together by ETHRWorld consisting of senior industry leaders such as Anusha Suryanarayan, CHRO, Signify; Dr Aquil Busrai, Founder, Aquil Busrai Consulting; Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Professor, MDI; Nikhil Arora, Managing Director and Vice President, GoDaddy; Ravindra Kelkar, Area Vice President, Indian Subcontinent, Citrix Systems’ Sameer Wadhawan, Senior Vice President & Head of HR, Samsung Electronics; Varadharaju Janardhanan, Vice President Human Resources, Flipkart. These industry leaders had put their expertise in evaluating and analysing the numerous nominations received under the seven categories. 

The winners under seven key categories include Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, Vikramjeet Singh, Chief HR Officer for the initiative known as COVID Management & Introduction of WFH Policy has won Change Management Strategy of 2020. Saviant Technology, Cheshta Sharma, Talent Development Specialist for the initiative known as Zero-Hierarchy, High-Energy Workplace has won for Excellence In HR Innovation. Larsen & Toubro Limited, Dr C. Jayakumar, Vice President & Head - Corporate Human Resources for the initiative known as PRAYAG: GET/ PGET Onboarding program at L&T Level has won the Innovation In Onboarding award. Infosys, Sudhir Mishra, Sr. Geo Lead- Talent Acquisition has won  Innovation In Recruitment for the initiative known as InfyTQ. Mattel Toys (India) Pvt. Ltd. Pooja Venkatram, HR Head- India & South Asia for the initiative known as Life@Mattel has won Recruitment Campaign award. MoEngage, Jitender Panihar, Global Head-People and CultureIb have won the Start-Up award. Under individual category - Infosys, Sudhir Mishra, Sr. Geo Lead- Talent Acquisition has won  Talent Acquisition Leader award.   

Commenting on this initiative, Tarun Sinha, CEO, OLX People, said, “I congratulate all the winners for their exemplary contribution to the HR landscape. These awards are a testament to the work done tirelessly by HR professionals and brands, especially in the last year that was challenging for every organisation regardless of size.” 

The Awards also had an engaging and inspired panel discussion led on the topic of ‘Employer Branding in Talent Acquisition’. It highlighted the need for employer branding and how it is enhancing the process of new talent recruitment, while drawing a comparison between  building an employer brand versus building a customer brand.

Followed by the panel discussion was an interesting Fireside Chat with the seasoned industry veterans - Katyayani Krishna, Area HR Head - South Asia, Maersk Group and Nilabh Kapoor, Business Head, OLX People on ‘Reimagining recruitment and employee experience in the new work world’. During the session they discussed how the pandemic has caused both the workplace and workforce to transition to the new standard. Leaders also emphasised on digitization of the procurement process and how employees are reshaping and remodelling themselves to stay relevant in the current business scenario. 

The year 2020 brought many obstacles to all the sectors and transformed the whole ecosystem of the way we live. This was the year when people representatives were applauded for their extraordinary contribution and intense efforts to handle companies in such a difficult situation.