HR Experts Ponder Over Generational Shift, Look Ahead At SOA Conclave

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Bhubaneswar: Generational shift has affected the community at all levels including organizations, but how to cope with it and address the aspirations of a multi-generational workforce?

HR experts heading more than 30 international and national companies and organizations on Saturday deliberated on the issue here saying the ‘millennial generation’ must be understood and assimilated into the system to ensure that the society at large benefitted the most.

“We need to understand what this generation thinks and wants to do and appreciate its views,” Mr. N.R.Srikanth, Managing Director (HR), Accenture, said while speaking at the HR Conclave on “Millennials and the Multi-Generational Workforce” organized by the SOA (Deemed to be University) and Global Workforce Management Forum (GWFM).

Describing the ‘millennials’ as those born after 1980, Mr. Srikanth said the needs of this generation which has been witness to tectonic changes involving economic downturn, virtual reality and automation, climate change and urbanization, had to be addressed.

Organisations had to foster team collaboration while endeavouring to realize the aspirations of those belonging to the millennial generation, focus on their well-being, appreciate their contributions and allow them to pursue their passions. “They must have a sense of belonging and their opinion has to be valued,” he said.

Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA, Prof. P.K.Nanda, Dean (Research and Development) of SOA, Dr. Shiv Kumar and Mr. Partho Ganguly, Founder and Co-Founder respectively of GWFM, also spoke. The HR heads were felicitated by SOA on the occasion.

Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das, Dean (Students’ Welfare) of SOA, proposed the vote of thanks.

Addressing the conclave, Mr. Anantaraman Subramanian, Director (HR) of IBM, said the question was about achieving integration of the workforce, comprising the old and new generation at a time when the definition of success was changing. The key to solving this conundrum  would depend on the response of the organization or company which has to anticipate, innovate and adapt in the midst of the changing scenario.

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