‘HumanOurce-2014’, the 1st HR summit organized by GHS-IMR on September 13th, 2014 in association with the National HRD Network (Lucknow Chapter), was an attempt to identify and salute the ‘Human Beings’ in the Corporate World. The idea was to recognize ‘Human Beings’ as ‘Human Resource’, hence the title ‘HumanOurce’. At the same time, the tagline of the summit ‘Human Resource as Human Beings’, seeks to emphasize that the journey nowadays is back to ‘Being’, as ‘Human Resource’ are eventually ‘Human Beings’.
10 Human Resource Experts from different industries, 20 Management Professors, HR personnel of local industries and over 200 future managers converged at the institute to discuss and introspect about questions like how should HR Managers involve themselves in redefining culture of the organization for employee engagement? What challenges are faced by HR Managers in their pursuit to retain talents and how do they tackle with such challenges? What leadership qualities should be possessed and exhibited by HR Managers to be capable to manage organizational change? How should HR Managers develop adequate ‘Mental Resilience’ that gives them direction and motivation and also helps them in achieving balance and enhanced results?
The inaugural session began with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by all the expert dignitaries. In his welcome speech, Dr. (Prof.) Rakesh Premi, Director, GHS-IMR, emphasized on the need for going back to the basics of HR – the human being. According to him, the work becomes crucial as we are on the verge of an economic turnaround. He also highlighted the need to develop ‘mental resilience’ which will give employees the much needed motivation and direction, helping them to turn the table and boosting the eagerly awaited industrial growth.
The program began with the presentation on “Redefining Culture for Employee Engagement” by Mr. R. Kannan, Deputy General Manager-HR, Redington (India) Ltd. He laid emphasis on the need to redefine the organisational culture for gainfully engaging employees. He quoted number of cases where concerned organizations took initiatives to incorporate changes in their culture so as to accommodate and gainfully engage the youth in the corporate world. The presentation was followed by a question-answer session and many participants from the audience asked questions from the expert speaker and got their queries resolved.
The presentation was followed by Panel Discussion I on the topic “Talent Retention”. The Moderator of the session was Mr. Subir Sinha, President and Head-Group HR, RSPL Ltd. (manufacturers of the famous brand of Ghari detergents) and Panel members were Mr. Hitendra Singh, AGM-HR, Idea Cellular Ltd., Mr. Sumit Jhingan, DGM-HR Super House Ltd., and Ms. Anju Malhotra, Business-HR Head, JK Cement Ltd. In this discussion, the experts emphasised upon the need to retain the right talent in the current working environment where attrition prevails. Panel experts also shared the experiences they had encountered in their corporate stint so far as retaining talent was concerned. Session proceedings were summarized by the moderator and then the panel took up questions from the audience.
In the post lunch session, Panel Discussion II on the topic “Leadership and Change” took place which was moderated by Mr. Hitendra Singh,AGM-HR, Idea Cellular Ltd. The Panel members were Mr. Saud Usmani, Manager-HR, Tata Motors Ltd., Mr. V.P. Singh, Senior Manager-HR, Lumax Industries Ltd, Ms. Aparna Mishra, Entrepreneur and Founder-Director of Radiance Corporate Solutions, and Ms. Madhavi Golash,General Manager-HR, LohiaCorp. The panel experts discussed the inter-relationship between ‘Leadership’ and ‘Change Management’ and the implications of this relationship on the organisation’s health. Several real life instances were quoted by the esteemed panel members to highlight the leadership qualities that help HR Managers in managing organizational change. After summarization of session proceedings by the moderator, the panel took up questions from the audience.
The concluding presentation of the day was on the topic “Mental Resilience in HRM” by Ms. Neena Dayal, Business & Personal Coach, Mental Resilience Specialist, Management Consultant, and a Writer. She explained how HR Managers should develop adequate mental resilience that gives them the strength to rise and strive with rejuvenated energy every time they face failure. It motivates them, keeps them focused, and helps them in achieving balance and enhancing their result as well as that of the organization. Ms. Dayal answered several queries put forth by the learned audience.
Students of GHS-IMR of PGDM Year I and II (Devjyoti Singh, Abhinav Agarwal, Akash Jaiswal, Vikas Kumar Verma, Praharsh Awasthi, Prateek Behl and Sakshi Kushwaha) presented two small skits highlighting the various aspects of HR managers. Skit performances by concerned students were highly appreciated both by invited guests as well as the audience present on the occasion.
Dr. Bhagwan Jagwani, Associate Professor, GHS-IMR and Summit Coordinator-HumanOurce, summarised the day long proceedings of the 1st HR Summit and also announced the theme of HumanOurce-2015 as ‘Proactive-HR. The one day summit concluded with his Vote of Thanks. The program was anchored by GHS-IMR students Neha Pandey and Mubashshir Shakeel which was not only attended by the students, Faculty, and Staff of GHS-IMR but also by representatives from other prominent institutes, local industries and professional bodies.