Technology, the key to improving HR dept

Sep 27, 2011, 07:59 IST | Anurupa Dongare

Eleventh conference on Human Resources hosted by ISB&M discusses leadership and use of technology

Eleventh conference on human resources hosted by ISB&M discusses leadership and use of technology

The 11th conference on Human Resources (HR) addressed the issue of Leadership development: Is HR moving up the value chain? It was hosted by ISB&M in association with MiD DAY on September 23. Boasting of eminent speakers like Kishore Bhalerao, Tojo Jose, S K Tripathy and Sambit Ghose, the central topic of discussion was concepts such as leadership and the use of technology to ease the work of HR professionals.

Tech it: (From left) Dr Pramod Kumar, Prof YG Chouksey (Faculty ISB&M),
Sarang Pathak, HR executive, Haier

"The Facebook generation has to be considered by HR professionals. Adaptability and innovation in the use of technology for the betterment of the HR departments in various companies is the way to go," said Bhalerao.  "With softwares like Emee a 360 degree assessment of employees across the globe is possible. The use of technology also increases transparency, interactivity and not to forget it is easy to use."

Kishore Bhalerao speaks at the 11th Human Resources conference
hosted by ISB&M in association with MiD DAY

He also mentioned the use of technology for reward and recognition purposes. Tojo Jose in his address to the delegates said that although technology was an important part for the growth of the HR department, high technology should not replace high touch and the concept of having a conversation with your boss should not become obsolete.

The main highlight of the day was the panel discussion which discussed evolving paradigms in measuring leadership success. The panelists raised some very important questions like, who judges leadership success, is it the larger market or a team put together as well as is a leader that works for the short term success of the company work or the opposite. The delegates also drew number of parallels between different leaders like Steve Jobs and San Patroda.

The sub-themes of day two mostly revolved around building inclusive cultures in companies like a new generation workforce in ageing companies and reigniting the role of HR. The two-day conference conducted by ISB&M in association with MiD DAY garnered a lot of interest from HR professionals from in and around Pune.

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