Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Xavier University Bhubaneswar organised their second HR Symposium on July 15, 2017. The theme of the event was “Overview of contemporary HR practices” and “Pushing the boundaries of HR”. The speakers of the occasion were Ms. Arpita Sahu, Senior Manager- Talent and Development, Bharti Airtel; Mr. Ankush Arora, Head of OD and Business HR, at Havells India Ltd.; Mr. Gaurav Khandelwal, HR Leader, Honeywell Process Solutions; Prof. Jose Maria Aulotte, Director of Studies, Magellan Institute for International; Mr. Abhishek Mohanty, Management Consulting professional, PwC India's People and Organisation Advisory; Mr. A B Chandrasekhar, Assistant Vice President, EXL Service, Kochi.
The conference was inaugurated by Fr. Augustine, Registrar, Xavier University Bhubaneswar along with Prof. Snigdha Pattnaik, Dean of Xavier School of Human Resource Management (XAHR). Prof. Dr. Dipak Kumar Bhattacharya and Prof. Sasmit Patra, professors from Xavier University Bhubaneswar moderated the event.
The first phase of the symposium was on “Contemporary HR Practices”, where panelists from various domains of HR discussed about performance management, employee engagement, learning and development and work culture in the era of digitisation and artificial intelligence. Arpita Sahu said that the performance management should not end with just a rating, but a future plan as performance is past but potential is future.
Ankush Arora spoke about HR being a paramount driver for leadership and ethics. He added, “It’s okay to unlearn something to learn something. Always think like a business head, and not only as an HR”.
Gaurav Khandelwal spoke about driving innovation by having people in the organisation who challenge the status quo.
The second phase of the symposium was on ‘Pushing the Boundaries of HR’. Prof. Jose Maria Aulotte, a visiting faculty of Xavier School of Human Resource Management stressed on HR being one of the key players of the business for pushing the existing soft boundaries.
Abhishek Mohanty spoke about “Audacious Rethink” that consisted of fierce catch up, significant leap and leapfrog resulting in creating quality as opposed to quantity. He added “Technology is driving this shift and it means that employees and customer experiences must converge”.
A B Chandrasekhar questioned the concepts of employee engagement, leadership development, performance vis a vis potential and attrition during the discussion. He said, “HR management is uniquely driven by client’s business goals”.
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