2 days of HR Extravaganza, 2 days when all the “Who’s Who” of Global HR fraternity, gather under one roof and share insights on latest HR practices and trends. The atmosphere is all full with fumes of knowledge and wisdom. It’s an overwhelming feeling when you get to catch glimpses of all the stalwarts of HR and get to know their view points, an opportunity to know them up and personal. It’s Friday and its #HRBoxOffice day. Today for a review, nothing qualifies more than the #SHRMiAC. The Annual Conference held by Society of Human Resource Management India at The Taj Hotel Delhi.
We shall rate this conference on our #HRBoxOffice on the basis of number of factors, the list of speakers, the content of conference, the agenda, the networking quotient and also the fun factor. So let’s begin:
THE SPEAKERS: The grandeur and authenticity of any conference is judged by the speakers at the conference and SHRM never fell short even a bit on this.
The Indian names list was just not believable enough. The HR Influencers of India.
Few of my personal favorites are:
With more than 100 Speakers on the list, this conference definitely deserves a 5/5.
THE CONTENT: The topics which were discussed were not only new age but also for 360 Degree growth of an organization, where HR was not being treated like parallel but a mainstream function. Few of our favorites are:
- Employee Value proposition
- How can India prepare themselves for Jobs of tomorrow
- Leveraging AI for Talent Decisions.
- Mindful Leadership
- Discussions on Employee Wellness and also Igniting Passion and following dreams.
It was a full package of Intent, thoughtfulness, research, and analytics. But the topics were discussed with reference to a particular organization which has already set up a benchmark, it was all about what’s being done and less about how it’s being done and those who are not yet equipped enough, what can they do, to be part of this transformation. This kind of ground level discussion was very less.
So, on Content of conference, the conference deserves – 4/5
THE FUN FACTOR: Was definitely there.
- The conference started itself with an amazing performance.
- A nerve tickling session by Stand Up Comedian Vikram Jit Singh
- #HappinessLaunchPad by BI Worldwide, where lots of attendees were seen having a good time.
- Andy Young’s Mixology session was pretty interesting
Source: By SHRM India
Overall, it wasn’t really supposed to be an only fun conference, but back to back sessions sometimes takes away the interest out of them. It could have been better to have one activity or may be a fun filled quiz in between/after every two sessions. May be an interesting “Master of Conference” or a highly engaging convener is required. Partners’ booth were adding to that factor but, that too was limited to clicking pictures with props and balloons. Though it was fun.
So on Fun Factor, we would like to give – 3.5/5
NETWORKING/ SOCIAL QUOTIENT:
Source – Tweeted by Ruchi Bhatia
Was pretty high, as evident from the pre-event build up on social media sites, interaction on social sites amongst participants through tweet chats and also during the event. The constant upload of pics in groups and couples was really engaging. Live Streaming of few sessions was really helpful who were attending virtually. The after event pictures while having meals and before the event clearly shows how well knit the HR Fraternity is. Few of the International Guest speakers were also seen sharing the same warmth and camaraderie with everyone, which is hardly seen in any other big event. The event was really high on networking and social quotient.
So on Networking and Social Quotient, SHRMiAC gets a well-deserved – 5/5.
The conference really covered too much within two days and was fully loaded with Intel. keeping in mind all the various factors and extras attractions like Awards, recognitions, Book Launch, Report launch and other interacting activities, like one of our personal favorite the “Post it” activity.
The overall review of the conference is a good – 4.5/5.
Three cheers for soaring the standards high every time and thumbs up for all the upcoming events. Looking forward to attending the upcoming events personally and writing a live review.
The review is based on constant follow up of social media posts, updates on Twitter by SHRM and the respectable participants/attendees of the conference who are live tweeting. Thanks to each one of you.
To mention the top three live tweeters:
- Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh),
- Ashish Gakrey (@ashishgakrey)
- Kavi (@_Kavi).
You guys are rock stars.