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Experts discuss evolution of HR-IR into employment relations

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Jamshedpur, Dec. 3: A nip in the air, and excitement on the faces, marked the inception of the first day of the first ever National HR-IR Conference, a landmark affair.

XLRI, the best B-School for Management Education in Human Resources in all of Asia Pacific, in association with Bank of Baroda, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, provided a platform for this first-of-its-kind event to take place.

In line with its theme, ‘Dynamics of HR-IR: Realigning Skills, Systems and Practices in the face of Globalization’, the conference witnessed participation from Industry stalwarts, Trade Union Leaders, Academicians, Government officials, and Researchers.

Also, students from over 35 B-Schools of the country were a part of the first day of this grand occasion. The session was inaugurated by Dr. Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President-HR, Tata Steel Ltd.; Mr. Subesh Kumar Das, Director General, Administrative Training Institute, West Bengal; and finally by Mr. Vivek Patwardhan, an eminent Executive Coach and HR Consultant, who delivered the Key Note address. All the three speakers brought to the table insights from their own experiences, to discuss in detail the changes that are occurring in the present day realm of HR and IR. New terms such as de-globalization, and the evolution of HR and IR into Employment Relations were also discussed.

The first panel discussion for the day surrounded ‘Changes in Technology and its effects on HR’. It was chaired by Professor Gloryson R.B. Chalil, Co-ordinator, OB Area, XLRI, Jamshedpur, with the other panelists Dr. Shio Kumar Singh, Chief Capability Development Officer, Tata Steel Ltd; Mr. Neeraj Sanan, CMO, Spire Technologies; and Mr. George Thomas, VP- Corporate HR and Administration, MSP Steel and Power Ltd.

The fallout of technological revolution and the concerns surrounding the same were discussed, along with the technological evolution of HR from Workflow automation to Internet of Things, to Human-Machine Partnership. Mr. Sanan elaborated on how the systems we put into in our organizations are all unintelligent, and how the need for intelligent systems is pressing, to recognize the gap between the demand-supply of workforce and efficiently tackle it. Dr. Shio discussed the “Reverse-Mentoring’ programme that Tata Steel Ltd. has introduced wherein the youth of the organization train the older staff in the technological advancements that are happening today.

The panel, post lunch, gave their insights on ‘Skill India: The Road ahead’. Dr. Pranabesh Ray, Professor-HRM, XLRI, Jamshedpur, chaired the panel along with the other speakers, Mr. Indranil Aich, Director, Aich Group of Companies; Dr. Shio Kumar Singh, Chief Capability Development Officer, Tata Steel Ltd; Mr. Sanjay Singhvi, General Secretary, Trade Union Centre of India; Mr. Vinod Behari, CEO, Power Sector Skill Council; and Mr. Saurabh Prasad, Head- Human Resources in Commercial Vehicles India, Metalsa. To combine the theme of the conference with the theme of the panel, it was discussed how technology is basically a skill, and in the olden days when the technologies were not as ubiquitous as they are today, the personal skills of the human population drove the work.

The sector wise requirements of skills, was also discussed, with Infrastructure being the sector requiring the most skillsets.

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