Published : Monday, 15 December, 2014 12:45 PM
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida organised its 4th Jaipuria Annual Management Conference (JAMC-2014) on the theme “Employee Engagement: Harnessing Human Capital” on December 13, 2014 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Dr. A. K. Balyan, MD & CEO, Petronet LNG Ltd. was the Chief Guest with Mr. Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India as the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
Mr. S. Y. Siddqui, Chief Mentor, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Mr. Kamal Singh, Director General, NHRD and Mr. G. P. Rao, Management Advisor were special guests. The president PHDCCI & Chairman, Jaipuria Institute of Management Mr. Sharad Jaipuria and its Vice Chairman Mr. Shreevats Jaipuria, Director Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur were also other dignitaries present in the flagship event along with a gamut of learned speakers from government, industry and academia graced the occasion.
The inaugural session of the conference began with the auspicious lamp lightening by the guests. After the ceremonial lightning of the lamp, Honourable Director Dr. Rajiv R. Thakur introduced the theme of the conference. Mr. Sharad Jaipuria in his welcome address emphasised upon the significance of employee engagement and shared harnessing human capital is very important for reaping the benefits of competitive advantage, productivity and growth for all the stakeholders in the organization.
Mr. G.P Rao while presenting the conference overview charged up the gathering with his witty and eloquent deliberation on the need of the employee engagement and introduced the structure of the conference and distinguished speakers in the inaugural session.
Mr. Kamal Singh while sharing his thoughts on the occasion presented some very relevant data on employee engagement, which was backed by research and rating agencies of the likes of Dale Carnege, NHRDN and Tower Perrins.
The Guest of Honour Mr. Vipin Sondhi in his address ignited the young minds of future by sharing four short stories which confirmed the importance and need of employee engagement for the success of any organization and its people. He advised engagement initiatives are inclusive in nature and the drivers should ensure that everyone is a part of engagement, be it leader, follower, weak and strong players in the process. The key to success of employee engagement lies in the hands of leadership.
The Chief Guest Dr. A.K Balyan while delivering his inaugural address enthralled the audience by his pearls of wisdom. Wherein, he emphasised the leadership driven employee engagement endeavours, which is combination of hardware and software. Where policies and procedures being referred as hardware and execution and people as software. He vouched for emotional connect and commitment of employees toward organization and showed the immense possibility of engagement effects on the bottom line of the business. He further emphasised that without emotional bonding and psychological commitment of employees the seeds of employee engagement will not yield any fruit.
While delivering the vote of thanks Mr. Shreevats Jaipuria appreciated the engaging deliberations of all the guests and opined that employee engagement is a value chain and all the stakeholders should chip in to complete this important chain in organization. While organizations are taking important initiatives in this direction, business schools like Jaipuria Institute of Management is also ensuring to inculcate right values and ethics in its students who will be the future flag bearer of employee engagement in organizations. As the session reached its end the distinguished guests were honoured by presenting mementoes as a gesture of gratitude.
The first session on Leadership Values & Brand Alignment was chaired by Ms. Ester Martinez, Founder & Editor-in-chief, People Matters and the eminent panellists were
Mr. Pradyumna Pandey, Chief GM-HR, JK Tyre, Mr. Deepak Dobriyal, VP-HR, Birlasoft, Ms. Usha Subramanian-VP, Technical and Campus- Mphasis and Mr. Rajiv Kapoor, CPO-Fortis Healthcare. The session highlighted the different methods of defining values and their evolution. They also discussed relationship between values and brand creation. The session was based on experiential sharing about how does your organization defines, cascades and disseminates the organization’s values.
The second panel session on Employee Engagement Strategies & Best Practices was led by Ms. Shampi Venkatesh, CPO-NIIT Ltd. and the eminent panellists were Mr. Sushil Baveja, President-HR, DSCL Ltd. , Ms. Ashu Sawhney, VP-HR, DCB Bank and Mr. Abhay Kapoor, AVP-HR & Corporate ER, Escorts Ltd.
The panel discussed the role of engagement by 3 key stakeholders – Reporting Manager, Business Leader, and HR. They also spoke about engagement at various stages of the employee life cycle and for the various generations. Also discussed were the role of communication, automation and entertainment in engagement.
Mr. S.Y. Siddiqui in his special address spoke about expectation of employees of different categories and age groups. He spoke about the various aspects of leadership like mentoring, listening, influencing, networking etc. He emphasised on the need to develop a culture of respect, empowerment, commitment and ownership within an organization. He shared that the best strategy for employee engagement is to develop an element of pride among the employees. He also discussed various HR initiatives at Maruti Suzuki and shared his insightful experiences.
The conference concluded with the conference summary by Prof. Abdul Qadir, Conference Coordinator and vote of thanks by Mr. R.K. Rishiraj, Head Corporate Relations & Placement, Jaipuria Institute of Management.