XLRI prepares to host its 2nd National HR-IR Conference on 20th and 21st January 2018. The conference witnesses participation from a varied group, Trade Union leaders, Industry stalwarts, academia from all parts of the country and students from premier B-Schools. The idea is to provide a platform for the bigwigs from various industries, academicians and legal practitioners to discuss and debate on the various challenges in India’s HR-IR landscape, on the lines of this year’s theme:

FORTIFYING THE FUTURE: MANAGING THE CHANGING WORKFORCE AND ITS NEEDS

About the theme:

With the ‘silver tsunami’ facing us all, 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring per day, and Millennials are taking over the jobs, introducing the concepts such as the Gig Workforce. Hence, it has become imperative for the HR to understand how to adapt to the changes. These effects are not only seen in the corporate spaces, but also in the manufacturing set-ups with the paradigm shift in the workers as well. it will be extremely interesting to see what views do the leaders from the Human Resources and the Industrial Relations sectors, hold, and how do they intend to adapt to the future.
So as the workforce prepares itself to usher in these times of change, we at SAPPHIRE in XLRI are trying to give the platform for HR and IR leaders across the length and breadth of the country to congregate and try to reach a few useful insights shedding light to what this exciting new future may exactly look like. Further, there will be the brightest HR minds from the best institutions who will enrich the conference with their curiosity, ingenuity and brand new perspectives to view and provide solutions to problems and opportunities of the future.
Thus with this perfect combination of experienced professionals meeting bright students, we look forward to finding the perfect ways to realize the fullest potential of the workforce of the future, through discussions regarding the various methods HR-IR professionals have used to ride through and adapt to these changes. We will have talks from various dignitaries from the industry regarding how they have changed their approach to adapt to the changes in their fields. In addition to this, we will have paper presentations on various tracks, which will be considered for publication in XLRI’s esteemed journal, Management and Labour Studies (MLS), subject to rigorous scholarly view.

The keynote speaker for this year is none other than Indrajeet Sengupta – CHRO, J&J, India and South Asia!
Being considered the best in the education business for Human Resources and Industrial Relations is not a legacy that can be continued merely through academics. Maintaining this stature requires the diligence of the brightest minds of the country who work together to brainstorm and come up with events that make XL what it is. The National HR IR Conference being conducted every year is one such effort of these young minds who work behind the scenes to enable the students receive inputs from the best in the industry.

Meet the brains behind the National HR IR Conference 2018.

Theme:

Emerging workforce and its impact on HR

About the theme:

As we move from a world where the baby boomers ruled the workforce to a time when they finally pass on the reins to the millennials, the workforce along with all its needs and expectations are poised to witness a sea of change.

After we delve into the needs and demands of the upcoming workforce, we would understand how the HR functions must adapt themselves with the times. The role of HR in this scenario will be imperative and that is what we are looking to analyse in further detail in this panel. Does the HR need to redefine the processes and systems in place according to the changing needs of the changing workforce? How can we address this generational divide?

The aim of this panel discussion is to let the students enrich & expand their learning from a discussion between industry stalwarts and academicians.

HR PANEL



Shalini Lal
Founder Infinity OD


Avijit Shastri
Independent Consultant, Entrepreneur || Economic Times Young Leader - 2012 || People Matters Emerging HR Leader - 2015


Inderjeet Sengupta
CHRO JnJ keynote speaker


Indrajit Gupta
Vice president SREI

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS WORKSHOP

The real question for most working individuals is how their paychecks look. And it is in deciding the perfect structure for compensation and benefits lies one of the most challenging facets of managing human resources. So to supplement all the classroom and textbook learning, we at Team SAPPHIRE bring to you a unique opportunity to attend a Workshop on Compensation & Benefits that will hold you in good stead as we venture to enter the professional world.
As part of the 2nd National HR-IR Conference 2018, there will be a 2-hour workshop by renowned Mr. Avijit Shastri on 20th January 2018. An alumnus of XLRI, Mr Shastri was awarded the 'Economic Times Young Leader of the Year Award' in 2012 and the 'People Matters Emerging Leader Award' in 2015.
A thorough professional with experience in top organizations like Nestle, Cadbury and Tata Motors in a diverse set of roles, he now works as an independent HR professional conducting courses and workshops in educational institutions and professional organizations alike. All participants attending the workshop will be awarded a certificate.
Early bird registrations, open until 15th January will require a fee of INR 750. All registrations post that will require a fee of INR 1000.  Limited seats available on first come first serve basis! Do not let this opportunity pass!

Interested candidates may  Register Now and use any of the below Payment Options:
Name: XLRI Students Fund
Account Number: 36948735737
IFSC/NEFT: SBIN0004660
Name of the Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: XLRI Jamshedpur

Moneyball

Moneyball tests the knowledge gained from the workshop on compensation and benefits. Since the workshop is oriented towards helping the participants gauge and leverage the learnings to face real life scenarios, the event will test the same. It will be a simulation-based event which will require the participants to apply the workshop learnings to arrive at the solution and will be judged by Mr. Avijit Shastri himself.

Interactive Session



Shalini Lal
Founder Infinity OD

With a degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s, an MBA from IIM A and a PhD from UCLA, it suffices to say that Dr. Shalini Lal has an educational degree par excellence. But what is more impressive is the course she has charted through her career as she worked in various major organizations like Titan, Airtel and Deutsche Bank with a brief teaching stint in a university in between. Currently, Dr. Lal has her own organization Infinity OD, which specializes in leading innovation and organizational change.

A truly remarkable woman, Dr. Lal will be the perfect addition to the 2 nd National HR-IR Conference where she will be a Speaker in the HR panel discussion. Do not miss it!!



Saurabh Nigam
Human Capital Specialist




Sumesh Nair
Founder Infinity OD

Entrepreneurship is often used as a buzzword in today’s times. But few people can actually capture the essence of the same. And it is in a juncture like this that we must celebrate and learn from someone as illustrious as Sumesh Nair.
An alumnus of SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mr. Nair worked as a senior consultant to PwC (US Advisory) before he decided to give wings to his calling of becoming an entrepreneur. After completing a fellowship in the Start Up Leadership program, Mr. Nair is now the Co-Founder of Board Infinity and is constantly working towards building a successful higher education career management platform.
Join us in the 2nd National HR-IR Conference 2018 as we hear and gain insights into the exciting new world of start-ups. You do not want to miss it!



The Wordsmith

Witness the creativity as the inner writers and editors unleash to create meaningful cases out of random keywords. Innovation and expertise is the key. Best cases selected by the judges shall be presented at the conference.

Theme:

Consolidation of labour laws and its impact on HR - IR scenario in India

About the theme:

New labour law reforms aimed at increasing the ease of doing business, coupled with changing workforce aspirations, decreasing influence of unions in various industries and several other factors, is a testament to the fact that employment relations in our country have changed drastically. The central government plans to reduce 44 labour laws to just five as it seeks to make it easier for companies to do business in India. Once passed, these changes will significantly restructure India’s labour rules framework, where nearly a dozen laws related to social security will be merged to create a single social security law or code. As a result, all the stakeholders have had to adapt with times.

The workers, the trade union and the management are the basic parties to it and then it finds its most important application in the case of industrial disputes.

In this context, we will have a discussion on the challenges and opportunities that the initiative would provide for the workforce and businesses in the country. Which laws will be altered and how would that impact the rights of the workers?

The aim of this panel discussion is to let the students enrich & expand their learning from a discussion between industry stalwarts and academicians.



IR PANEL



Madhavi Lall
CHRO Deutsche Bank


Raghunath Pandey
TU leader JUSCO


Rahul Sapkal
Professor National Law University


Saurabh Prakash
Lawyer- Supreme Court


Shankha Shuvra Misra
Human Resources Manager at ITC Limited

PAPER PRESENTATION



The best submissions will be considered for publication in XLRI’s esteemed journal, Management and Labour Studies (MLS), subject to rigorous scholarly view. 

Track 1 - Managing gig economy workforce: Challenges and Opportunities

What is the gig economy? In the gig economy temporary positions are common. Instead of creating jobs, companies are increasingly disaggregating work from jobs. This enables them to contract with independent workers for short-term engagements rather than hire full-time employees, who are the most expensive and least flexible source of labour available. On one hand job security is no longer guaranteed, and the good wages, generous benefits and secure retirement that used to go hand in hand with full-time employment are in decline, gig workers enjoy greater choice, autonomy, flexibility, and control – all which drive greater worker satisfaction – than many of their full-time counterparts.

Track 2 - Impact of changes in Labour laws and current government policies on HR scenario in India

India is in a transforming stage with current government policies focusing on labour reforms. The NDA government has put its weight behind ‘Make in India’ campaign. As part of these reforms, a series of new bills have been drafted/ introduced in the parliament, the latest being code on wages bill 2017. Some see these changes as a positive step towards encouraging employment generation and focus on production as the focus is on consolidation of labour laws in the country. The Confederation of Indian Industry has stated “We have been recommending these key reforms for bringing in simplification and flexibility in engagement and deployment of labour.” However, the government also faces a lot of roadblocks on its way. Its labour wing Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh has protested these proposed legislations. These laws will certainly influence the approach of HR across various sectors.

The best submissions for each track will be selected for presentation in the conference.

Top two papers will be given “Best paper award”, including cash prizes.

BHR Finale


The war has waged for months and we finally have our victors. Through the process of four grueling rounds of quizzes that tested the participants' abilities to the hilt, we separated the very best from the rest and are now left with the 6 top teams who will fight one last time for the top honors in a case competition to be held in XLRI on 21st January 2018 in the 2nd National HR-IR Conference, 2018.

As participants from the top B-Schools of the country compete for the final glory in the last round, Team SAPPHIRE would like to heartily congratulate all the finalists and wish them the very best for the finale where they present their case analysis before the judges in HR-IR conference.

Leadership Talk




EM Rao

Professor – HR/IR at Xavier Institute of Management

XLRI is known for its glittering array of stalwarts amongst its faculty and EM Rao can easily be considered to be one of the most decorated ones to have graced this institution.

A professor par excellence, Professor Rao has been a consultant to some of the biggest business names in the country including ONGC, Ranbaxy, ITC, Hero Honda to name a few.

A writer of acclaimed books like Industrial Jurisprudence: A Critical Commentary, he has also published numerous papers and an honorary member of the NIPM, IIRA, NLLA and NHRD networks.

As the country deliberates on whether the “Consolidation of Labour Laws” is going to be an important affair, experience what our very own professor has to say about the same.


Join us in the 2nd National HR-IR Conference as Dr. Rao enthrals us in a special session where he talks about the changing landscape of labour laws in India. 21st January 2 pm.


Do not Miss it!!

Employee Auction




Teams would be given a list of competencies that their organisation is looking for and they would have to hire employees according to those competencies. Along with the candidate hired by each team, profiles of 10 candidates would be available for hiring by any team. Teams would have to bid for their target candidates within the bidding window to complete the transfers. They  can also poach employees to competing firms. There will be a fixed allotted budget. The team with the maximum correct hires in minimum cost would be awarded maximum points.

Teams would be given a list of competencies that their organisation is looking for and they would have to hire employees according to those competencies. Along with the candidate hired by each team, profiles of 10 candidates would be available for hiring by any team. Teams would have to bid for their target candidates within the bidding window to complete the transfers. They can also poach employees to competing firms. There will be a fixed allotted budget. The team with the maximum correct hires in minimum cost would be awarded maximum points.