National HR Virtual Summit kicks off in Australia

'You cannot make assumptions about people's wellbeing and as leaders it is important that we recognise that'

National HR Virtual Summit kicks off in Australia

The inaugural National HR Virtual Summit kicked off today, featuring the most topical HR subjects across our Director’s Forum and Main Conference.

Day one of the event allowed delegates to participate and engage in panel discussions, interviews, and presentations based on HRD Australia’s extensive independent research.

In the Main Conference, Shruti Ganeriwala, HR Director – Ice Cream Business & Country Lead for D&I, Unilever, spoke about mental health strategies for a remote workforce.

Many companies are now shifting their priority towards employee wellbeing during this time of uncertainty and Ganeriwala began her talk by saying mental health is “really personal and different for everyone”.

“You cannot make assumptions about people’s wellbeing and as leaders it is important that we recognise that,” she said.

“There are some days when I am very excited about work and there other days where there is lots of pressure, and those times can make me feel a bit low.

“To make a difference, people and wellbeing have to be at the heart of the business strategy.”

She also cited statistics that 1 in 5 Australian workers are experiencing a mental health condition currently and that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health issue over their lifetime.

Meanwhile, in the Director’s Forum, Sarah Derry, Senior Vice President, Talent & Culture – Pacific, ACCOR, spoke about how the company is leveraging L&D to prepare for the future.

Derry also discussed aligning L&D initiatives with your organisation’s business goals and the importance of understanding what drives continuous learning culture at Accor.   

Moreover, all delegates could visit the expo booths during breaks as the sponsors presented some exciting material in addition to the workshops, including Cornerstone, Reward Gateway and SAP Litmos among others.

Additionally, all delegates attending the event will be eligible for the following prizes:

Expo explorer – $1500 cash prize giveaway for visiting all the stands.

Workshop master – $1500 cash prize giveaway for attending all the workshops.

Make sure you register for the final day tomorrow to gain further insights from sessions focused on the COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond.

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