CHROs to discuss the importance of putting people at the centre


The post-pandemic era sheds light on how companies should relate to employees.

Employees are the glue that keeps an organisation together and it is vital for companies to ensure their wellbeing is looked after.

Three sessions at the HR Indaba, to be held on 18 October at the Sandton Convention Centre, will unpack the importance of putting employees at the centre of the business and treating them as people and not just workers.

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Post-pandemic EVP: How employee experience should evolve with the times

At 10am in Ballroom 2, Theo Motshabi, people and culture senior lead consultant, BP Southern Africa, and Sameera Mohamed, HR director at Microsoft SA, will look at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on employee experience and expectations.

In a post-pandemic era, EVP must gravitate towards recognising employees’ feelings and needs. It should also promote more inclusivity and support structures. The challenge ahead for every organisation is to adapt to changing employee priorities while still balancing business outcomes in an unpredictable economy

This session will also look at how HR and data can be leveraged to enhance the employee experience.

Your most valuable customer: What do you need to know about employees in a new digital world?

With most companies having adopted the hybrid work model, it is vital for every organisation to create a climate that is conducive for digital change where employees can freely participate and contribute.

In this session to be held at 10am in Ballroom 3, Nishan Pillay, director for Strategy & Planning  at ASI Financial Services will give insights into how the art of human-to-human connectivity does not only revolve around policy, but around people. 

Employees need to be constantly equipped with the skills they need to perform their duties. They also need to be supported by being offered channels of communication. It is also important for companies to encourage their staff to build their careers.

Healthy people, healthy numbers: Exploring the competitive advantage of employee wellness

Paying attention to the human side of human resources means replacing terms like “employee experience” with “people experience” because employees are people.

HR leaders need to help employees to improve their self-awareness which is important for their development. If organisations want to shift towards a human-centric approach to people management, they should start with empathy.

Guy Chennells, GM and head of product: employee benefits at Discovery will be in Ballroom 5 at 10am to give a talk on how organisations can contribute to employee wellness.

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