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Flashback: HR Leaders Conference 2016, Egypt ~ Day 2

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Written By: Mahmoud Mansi

Over 100 HR Professionals from different fields attended the HR Leaders Conference & Expo. There were HR managers from schools, universities, governmental organizations, real estate, banks, factories, NGOs, communication, clothing, medical, oil industry…etc.

“informa” – an organization that works on organizing several annual conferences mainly in Dubai – has collaborate with JOBMASTER Human Capital Solution in Egypt in order to launch the HR Leaders event in Egypt.

The event was empowered by The HR Observer, and media sponsors were Jobzella, bayt, The Employer Magazine, El Borsa, Daily News Egypt, HR Revolution Middle-East Magazine & AHRA.

The organizers have carefully chosen a very unique person to lead the conference, this person was Sandrine Bardot – an international HR consultant, trainer, speaker and a blogger with over 200 published articles.

The first speech was entitled: Translating the Business Plan (The Bottom Line) into the People Plan (The Enabler), and it was led by the Vice President Human Resources Middle East & North Africa, DHLHenry Fares.

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The speaker tackled his ideas through a very innovative approach. He used “ants” and their behavior as a case-study, and linked it to his points.

Henry explained further the “philosophy of ants” and how it is related to organization team work. He said that you should start by having a clear team of which its members agree on the same objectives with achievable standards. Then you should allocate your adequate resources and link them all together with action plans. This is simply the work process that ants follow.

Since some ants have wings, Henry Fares ended his speech by narrating a personal story and a piece of advice that was given to him, “Respect & results are the left and right wings that will make you fly.”

After the first speech there was an “HR Leaders Panel” but this time it was about “Creating the Best Place to Work in your Industry”. The panel consisted of an interesting blend of members: Rania Salah, Mai Abouzahra, Maisa Galal and Nibal El Tantawy. The panel discussed how employees are considered as the customers of HR, and they spoke about the different stages of performance appraisal in Egypt, and some organizations now create their own appraisals on a mobile application because it is more user friendly than computers. The panel also spoke about employee motivation and how employees can be segmented according to their motives. Rania gave examples that sometimes in Vodafone they provide tickets for movies, or allowing parents to bring kids to their work.

The second speech was led by Joe Chalouhi, Senior HR Director Middle East, North Africa, Turkey & Pakistan GE Energy who talked about “Developing Competency Based Human Resources Infrastructure”. He started his speech by pointing out a question: “How do we do HR around the world?” He then explained the different transformations of human resources among different eras. Joe highlighted the importance of HR Business Partners in organizations, and how case-studies proved that this business model is much more effective to the HR and to the employee. He took GE as a major case-study and shared its “partnership model” with the attendees. Joe Chalouhi explained that “It’s normal to feel uncomfortable regarding this model at the beginning” same as any new approach one tries to implement. He summarized this approach in five words: “The new face of HR”.

The third speech would interest a lot of feminists as well, not only business and HR professionals. Maisa Galal – HR Director Egypt and North Africa General Motors discussed “Making the Business Case for Employee Engagement” and the entire scope of her speech was about working women and how General Motors motivates, supports and benefits from their female employees. At first Maisa spoke about the challenges that faced General Motors before and after the revolution.

Nermine Fawzy, Ex-Regional Human Resources & Administration Director – Middle East & Africa Cargill discussed with our attendees: “Maximising the Egyptian ‘Millennials’ Opportunity”.

Nermine focused entirely her talk on the different generations and how can the business world get prepared to the new generation. She stated that millennials travel 7 times more than generation X. They are super ambitious. As an example Nermine spoke about students in schools nowadays how they are in need of continuous recognition, and how a young student can have a wide collection of certificates and awards already. She spoke about how HR people can be ready for attracting the millennials and retaining them. Nermine’s suggestion was to simply “customize solutions for them”.

The delegates were on a lunch break where they socialized and were exposed to new debates on each table inspired by the speakers.
George Sedky, Vice President HR Ghabbour Auto and Mai Abouzahra, Corporate HR Director, Samcrete in a dual presentation talking about: “Understanding the Key Role of Succession Planning in Employee Retention”.

Following the concept of ladies first, Mai started the presentation by talking about “successful succession planning” and about how organizations misunderstand this statement. As Mai clearly stated, “Companies spend money on training programs for their employees to have them certified, while they forget about the job rotations, coaching the even providing feedbacks.”

On the other hand, George spoke about succession planning from another point of view. He said, “Know who are the key people in your organization, then ask yourself, what would happen if they disappear?” He then explained, what if HR has a very good retention plan yet these key persons disappeared, is there a backup plan?

Sushma Ceasar – Senior Manager, Corporate Learning & Development, Emaar Hospitality Group talked about: “Learning at the Speed of Creative Business Solutions”.

Sushma’s charisma was very dominant in her speech as it appeared on the faces of the delegates. She compared between work in the past and the present, and the different training methods that either lead to failure or success. She shared a study that shows how people learn: 70% experience, 20% informal learning or coaching and 10% in class. The mistake that organizations fall into is that they only focus their efforts and budget on the 10%, Sushma stated. Therefore she spoke more about learning by doing, and how to make an IDP “Individual Development Plan”. She also encouraged the idea of making a “workshops that talks about a skill that you developed in the previous year”. These continuous workshops will secure the knowledge of the employees.

The last speech was led by Perihan El Gohary, Head of Learning and Development QNB Al Ahli. Usually banks are stereotyped that it is a noncreative work environment and so on. Perihan’s inspiring speech proved otherwise. She discussed: “Talent Management – From A to Z”.

One of her interesting sayings were, “Leadership does not develop in a closed room.” Empowering the idea of learning Perihan also spoke about the role of HR into developing the CEO. She spoke about “the future CEO” as people always talk about the future of HR and forget about the rest of the shareholders and decision makers. She also spoke about the CEOs that only care about results and numbers, adding her last remark, “Talent & Routine don’t Mix.”

Hassan Ragab Ismail one of the HR Leaders Delegates – Head of HRIS Department in The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport & an MBA HR Lecturer / Member at AHRA / Rotaract Alexandria Cosmopolitan, shared his view about the conference that he found “a huge diversity of managerial backgrounds from local and international organizations passionate to share their own thoughts and experiences with the whole participants.” Further more Hassan explained, “I was really inspired by the session held by the local water company about her experience of implementing a performance management system rather than the traditional performance appraisal form. Also as for my IT background I was very interested with the virtual reality implementations for training programs that was presented by KLM.”

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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