22 Apr 2021 22:08 IST

JKBS HR conclave explores the future of work

Industry experts discussed the importance of work-life balance and employee well-being

JK Business School (JKBS), organised its HR Conclave virtually this year. The theme for this year conclave was — “The Future Workforce Reset: 2021 and Beyond.” The event saw participation of 500+ corporate personalities, industry, academia and student community.

The conclave witnessed well-known HR experts from various industries including Yuvaraj Srivastava, CHRO, MakeMyTrip; Gopal A Iyer, Associate Director, EY GDS GigNow; Harjeet Khanduja, VP HR, Reliance Jio; Prriti Narain, Market HR Leader, Google India; Rajiv Kapoor, ED and CEO – Group Head HR UNO MINDA; and Vishal Sehgal, MD, Nischay EduCorp. The conclave was inaugurated by Director Prof Sanjiv Marwah.







Staying afloat

Addressing the conclave, Prof Marwah said, “Technology has changed the paradigm of the business. From sources of hiring, selection programmes to industrial training, every process has seen a new way of conduction in HR. It is very important for every organisation to bet big on technology and online way of functioning as it is not a mere replacement but here to stay for long.”

For the success of any organisation, it is important to build a healthy working environment. Emphasising that idea, Rajiv Kapoor, ED and CEO – Group, Head HR, UNO MINDA said, “Times are difficult, many organisations are still in the process to adjust to the new normal. It is necessary to employ best practices, perfect amalgamation of technology and bet big on employee well-being rather than just profit and business to stay relevant in the times to come.”

With concepts like diversity and inclusion becoming an integral part of an organisation Yuvaraj Srivastava, CHRO, MakeMyTrip said, “It is very important for organisations to redefine diversity and inclusion in the new normal. Handling this new dimension of diversity along with previously defined pillars will define the success of the organisation.”

On the future of workplacea, Gopal A Iyer, Associate Director, EY GDS GigNow, said, “The world of work is changing faster than at any time in history. For the businesses of tomorrow, it is important to embrace the new normal and re-imagine the various codes and ethics to grow and evolve.”

Delivering value

Moderating the session, Vishal Sehgal, MD, Nischay EduCorp, said, “As we enter 2021, the shift to digital will become more significant as companies seek to transform in the face of new challenges, leveraging data to enhance practices, deliver value, and create alignment with a deep-dive focus on outside/in approach. As challenging it seems, this is an exciting time to be in HR if challenge, innovation and personal growth interests you.”

Adding to the key requirements for the future of the workforce, Harjeet Khanduja, VP HR, Reliance Jio, said, “For an organisation to be future ready, it must be ready at present first. Thus, it is vital for every individual and organisation to be adaptable, flexible and agile with time.”

Concluding the discussion, Prriti Narain, Market HR Leader, Google India, said “2020 was a defining year for businesses, as a responsible entity it is very important for organisations to take data driven decisions, promote work-life balance and consider mental and physical well-being as the top priority.”