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Strategic HR Business Partnership & Future of HR – sHRBP Certification by HCI

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Written By: Mahmoud Mansi

Researchers, thinkers and practitioners have been estimating the future of work and that of human resources. In fact we as human beings always tend to look at the future and giving it more importance than the present. We as business professionals are searching for futuristic solution while we are hardly coping with today’s problems.

I believe that one of the institutes that are dedicatedly focusing on resolving today’s business problems while keeping in mind the futuristic impact of their practices is the Human Capital Institute.

HCI (Human Capital Institute) has been dedicated to focus on developing leaders and organizations through focusing on the “agile competencies” that can help manage and impact the environment. Some of these agile competencies that HCI reflects through its courses are change management, strategic human capital, coaching for engagement and performance, leadership development, strategic workforce planning and talent management.

HR and Agile Competencies

The corporate awareness towards working with consultants has been growing, along with the uncertainty of the market. Some organizations have the need and budget for consultancy, but consultants come to accomplish a certain objective then HR people are the ones left to sustain the success of the project. This scenario might have been very successful, but in today’s business world it is not sufficient.

Sustainability on its own does not define an HR leader, yet it is one of the pillars. HR leadership is more about being capable to initiate and lead projects.

HR as an Internal Consultant

One of the most recent creations of HCI is launching the sHRBP (strategic HR business partner) certification which focuses on HR as an “internal consultant” for the organization. Going through the course the learners would recognize that the agile competencies of today’s HR is all about understanding the business, understanding the people, mastering project management, building relationships across the organization, and having the practical know-how to influence and consult for various departments.

The HRBP; Bringing Theory to Practice

Many learners find a conflict between what they learn from theories and models, and their application in real life. It is the challenge of transferring words into action and ideas into projects. The sHRBP toolkit is entirely designed for practical purpose. In fact every page of the 60-page toolkit book is written for practical implementation, where the book is simply divided into three phases of internal consultancy: 1-Prepare, 2-Partner, 3-Perform.

Instructor & Course Engagement

Employee engagement is one of the highly addressed practices in the sHRBP course, which leads us to this question: how does the instructor apply the engagement concepts on the delegates?

Whether you are enrolled in the online or face-to-face program, engagement is applied to the core. As the instructor continuous to illustrate the content, s(he) keeps asking the participants about what they apply in their organizations, their inputs and points of view regarding what s(he) is saying. This way the participants are focusing on the content, relating the content to their personal experience and documenting their points of view. This is a perfect classroom reflection of agility, multi-tasking and organizing ideas.

You might wonder about engagement in the online program; how can engagement be virtually applied? In fact I personally believe that the online program is even more engaging! In the online program the screen is divided into two, where the right hand side contains the slides and videos the instructor is presenting, while on the left side there is a live chat room where the participants almost never stop typing! The instructor engages the participants by asking them to comment on each point and slide, where participants can read each other’s’ comments, share and debate as the instructor is talking in parallel. In a real-life course such amount of sharing and debating is more limited. In the end, the instructor documents all the conversations in the chat room and emails them to all participants.

Who can register for the sHRBP?

There is no question that most attendees are HR directors, senior HR managers, HR business partners and HR leaders in general, however same as HR professionals are moving towards understanding the business, it is essential that leaders from other departments would start applying HR in their work. As a personal recommendation from a human capital consultant perspective, I strongly believe that the skills learnt in the sHRBP course are essential for all business leaders, especially CEOs, because in the end of the day we all want to be “business partners” and if this is a commonly spoken language imagine the ROI it shall bring on the organization culture and strategic depth.

P.S: One of the focus areas of the sHRBP course is establishing intellectual communication with other stakeholders through infographics and different techniques. These communication methodologies were applied in the way the article is written.

Design: Mahmoud Mansi

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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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