The 4th Times of India HR Forum, powered by Times Ascent, which was held on April 24, bought under the scanner growth and challenges faced by the human resource function today, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective. The event was chaired by Arun Maira, Chairman, Boston Consulting Group, while co-chairman was K Ramkumar, Group Head-HR, ICICI Bank Ltd.
The session highlights included key notes by eminent speakers like KV Kamath, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank Ltd, and K Venkataramanan, Member of the Board & President (Operations), Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Some of the subjects covered in the sessions included, ‘Can meritocracies complain about death of employee loyalty and mercenary attitude’, ‘Is perverse price value equation eroding competitiveness’, ‘Making India macro repository of human power’, and ‘Learning and development strategies to shock proof the organisation against human mobility’.
Delivering the welcome address, Bhaskar Das, Executive President, Times of India, said, “In the last four years through this platform, we have endeavoured to explore future opportunities and address imminent challenges faced by the human resource function. The role of HR has been debated upon since time immemorial. However, since the turn of the Millennium, there is a fundamental shift in the global economy towards service and knowledge-based work, further emphasising that human capital is the most important asset for any organisation.”
“Though attrition and employee issues are eternal to an organisation’s existence, this Forum attempts to deliberate on more relevant and contemporary human resource issues. Themed ‘Shock proofing an organisation’s growth’, this year’s symposium intends to discuss transformational role of HR in being a harbinger for ensuring sustained growth of the organization,” Das further said.