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#DisruptHR makes a dramatic debut in Singapore…truly, shaking up things in the world of HR…

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  • #Disrupt HR - https://disrupthr.co, as its website describes, is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field. It is billed as an event that shakes things up, makes people think differently, and leaves the audience inspired

By | Sriram Iyer | Founder & Chief Enabler IKIGAI ENABLERS 

The first edition of #DisruptHR made its debut in Singapore last week. For all those expecting a “typical HR event” that Singapore is now becoming famous (rather infamous) for, this event was drastically refreshing and lived up to its global branding of truly shaking things up.

(#Disrupt HR – https://disrupthr.co, as its website describes, is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field. It is billed as an event that shakes things up, makes people think differently, and leaves the audience inspired).

The format was truly the highlight of the day – “Teach us something, but make it quick” is the focus right through – 11 speakers, 5 minutes each and the slides auto rotate every 15 seconds. The speeches were riveting, crisp and really focused. And the organisers, PwC Singapore, did a great job of handpicking thought leaders especially from the start-up space (the speaker line-up – https://www.pwc.com/sg/en/events/disrupthr.html).

Here are some points that stood out from each of the presenters:

1)   Su-Yen Wong: Incorporate marketing concepts (used for customers) to HR’s top challenges. Of the many aspects detailed, I quite liked the “segment and differentiate” approach (Volkswagen group has multiple brands under its umbrella –  Audi, Bentley, Ducati and Skoda among others – and the company does a brilliant job of segmenting its customers).

2)   Chee Tung Leong: Wifi and Battery have got added to the Maslow’s hierarchy pyramid J. The 3Vs of Big Data are Volume of data, the Velocity at which data is coming in and the Variety of data. No wonder his presentation title was “In God we trust, all others bring data”.

3)   Ben Wong: VR & AR in HR can bring about some innovative results, such as real time feedback during L&D sessions so that speakers can fine tune their approach; get live inputs about the candidate popping up during the Skype interview….”VR & AR in HR are not coming soon, they are already here”

4)   So-Young Kang: Learning by Knowing is not the same as Learning by Doing. Hence let’s stop spoon-feeding employees’ and make them take ownership of their learning. Not just that, Mobile Responsive is not same as Mobile First. Since we touch the phone 2600 times a day, Mobile First should be the approach in any app the companies develop to reach out to their employees especially in the L&D space.

5)   Rosaline Chow Koo: There’s a rise in employee costs due to worsening employee health. It’s not about Insurance anymore. It’s all about shifting treatment spend to prevention / early detection. Maybe even incentivise employees to reduce weight or quit smoking.

6)   Danny Koh: Machines cannot handle work in unstructured work environments. Hence leaders won’t get displaced. But leaders need to understand both technology and business. Leaders need to understand technology, that’s why more tech leaders will now become CEOs.

7)   Jeremy Rolleston: There will be an increased focus on human-centric design in workplaces, and not just a focus on improving productivity. And companies should need to understand the differences in Fitness, Health and Wellness. “good health makes good business”.

8)   Pierre Legrand: Robots will help us be the happy people we are by taking away the monotonous processes away from us

9)   Lewis Garrad –  Shared interesting aspects on how technology is making our lives worse and encouraged everyone to read Homo Deus (by Yuval Noah Harrari)

10) Sheela Parakkal – Get the right people on to the bus and not to hesitate to send the wrong ones off the bus immediately. Also, it’s important for employees to know when their time as a caterpillar has expired and when the wings are ready to act accordingly.

11) Thaddeus Lawrence –  Shared impactful aspects on managing the self and what the mirror on the wall would say if we stand in front of it…

Satu Aavikko of PwC Singapore was recognised for being the force behind the Singapore edition. Look forward to the next #DisruptHR event…

Reprinted with permission of Shriram & originally published at LinkedIn

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