SHRM India’s Largest HR Conclave Concluded on a High Note

2013 Theme focuses on “Empowering Change – Workplace of the Future”
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CONNAUGHT PLACE, India - Sept. 21, 2013 - PRLog -- New Delhi, September 21st, 2013 – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management today concluded its 2nd India Annual Conference in Gurgaon (NCR). The two-day conference was held at India's millennium city which brought together over 500 delegates, including corporate leaders and HR gurus.

This year’s agenda of the conference was based on the theme of “Empowering Change; Workplace of the Future”, keeping in mind the prevailing economic environment and challenges posed by the slowdown. The knowledge packed event addressed critical issues concerning workplace trends and HR management like Role of Analytics, Assessment, Social Media in HR, How to Turn Generosity into Social Responsibility and Skill Enhancement. Delegates attending from all over the world contributed their valuable thoughts on a variety of issues concerning human capital through a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions followed by national HR quiz and a glitzy award ceremony.

SHRM India also announced winners for its Annual HR Awards held at the conference and chose those companies, which had excelled in implementing best practices and empowered human resource management. SHRM India Annual Awards recognized winners for the following categories: Diversity & Inclusion – Aegis Global, Workplace Flexibility – Arbitron, Community Impact – Cognizant, Developing Leaders of Tomorrow – Pepsico, Employee Health and Wellness Initiatives – SCOPE International, CEO of the Year – Mr Shakti Sagar, CEO, ADP; Academic Institute of the Year – School of Inspired Leadership, Special Recognition for Social Media People Campaign Category: Capgemini

Ms. Achal Khanna (CEO, SHRM India) said, “The success of 2013 annual conference was remarkable and we look forward to grow in the industry with a strong network globally, which will not only give a platform for the HR industry experts to come together but also to share and encourage best HR practices within the system as a whole.”

Some of the eminent speakers who contributed were Dr. Shirley Davis Sheppard (SHRM Global), Gaurav Ahluwalia (JP Morgan Chase), Kia Scherr (One Life Alliance), Ben Casnocha (Entrepreneur & Expert on the Future of Work), Dr. Jeff Pon (Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer - SHRM Global), Frank Ricciardi (Cornerstone OnDemand), Arunav Banerjee (SOIL), Arun Silvester (Fragoman), Yogesh Sood (Leadership Consulting Pvt. Limited), David Lewis (Pinnacle).

Dr Shirley Davis Sheppard, SHRM, shared her inputs on HR role in the context of Diversion & Inclusion. Inclusion is the achievement of a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully. She also stressed on the point that the key drivers of sustainable engagement and retention of an employee for HR manager are leadership; stress, balance & workload management; goals & objectives; workplace flexibility and company culture.

Mr. Ben Casnocha, Entrepreneur & Expert, Future of Work, presented ‘The New People Pact’ – a revolutionary way to invigorate employees for future ready corporations. He outlined some bold guidelines that will serve as a roadmap for creating workplaces of the future. According to him, innovative ideas, entrepreneurial skills, tours of duty, alumni, social media and external network management are the key forces behind creating an HR strategy of the 21st century corporate.

Dr. Jeff Pon, Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer, SHRM shared his inputs about the emerging workplace trends and how the responsibility of the HR executives has grown over the period of time. He also, emphasized on the technological developments, use of social media and its applications in the industry which has brought the community closer to share and connect.

The focus of this year’s conclave was to help the growth and development of Human Resource Executives, CEOs/Founders, Independent HR Consultants, Philanthropists as well as Academic Professionals.

About SHRM

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 2, 60,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org (http://www.shrm.org/). SHRM-India serves the needs of HR practitioners by facilitating exchange of knowledge resources & practices, enabling professional development, and enhanced opportunities for engagement & networking within the Global & Indian HR communities. www.shrmindia.org (http://www.shrmindia.org/).
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