Adapting to technology change by appropriating skills is best optimism for jobs

At the day-long JobBuzz Workplace2025 Conclave organized by Times Internet on August 31 in New Delhi, HR managers and industry leaders shared optimism on growth of jobs in future. Reskilling and upskilling along with investing in peoples’ relationships is necessary to adaption of newer technologies and changes it brings in at workplaces.  

The 2019 edition of JobBuzz Workplace2025 Conclave & Expo Den, which is the second edition of this HR oriented event, brought together more than 70 speakers, 728 HR leaders, influencers, practitioners.

Similar to the first edition, Gautam Sinha, CEO, Times Internet kick started the event with his welcome speech, followed by the keynote address by industry veteran Ronnie Screwvala, co-founder and chairman, upGrad and special industry address by HR thought leader Vineet Nayar, founder and chairman, Sampark Foundation.       

“I love coming back to this forum because ‘workplace’ as a topic is very close to my heart. It explores the connection between the two critical aspects for any business – first, being the people who drive it, and second is the technology which facilitates the business offerings.  The JobBuzz Workplace2025 Conclave explores the underlying connection between these two aspects,” said Gautam Sinha, CEO, Times Internet. 

Speaking about the concept of workplace2025, Ronnie Screwvala said, “In this age of technological change accompanied by talent shortages, mass unemployment and growing inequality, it is critical that businesses take an active role in supporting their existing workforces through reskilling and upskilling. Going forward, as an economy and as individuals – leaders, professionals and even student; we need to provide stimulus to a class of entrepreneurialism, where IDEAS count more than cost leverage and CREATIVITY becomes the only currency of competitive advantage.”

Discussing the workplace2025 concept, Vineet Nayar said, “While technology is making managing obsolete, the task of leading and inspiring remains an open field. Skills such as problem solving, collaboration, design thinking, creativity and learning agility, will gain currency as artificial intelligence takes care of mechanical and repetitive jobs. Robots will solve knowledge problems at a fraction of the time it takes a human being, and so humans have to learn the art of not just applying knowledge to solve real-world problems but also inspiring others around them to do the same.”

The day witnessed five major CXO-level panel discussions, three boardroom talk sessions, three breakout sessions, one author speak and an interactive talk on diversity and inclusion from Singapore-based HR leader. The CXO leaders from Citrix, Walmart Labs, Thoughtworks, Dell Digital, HGS, Perfetti Van Melle India, SAP India, Accenture, Oracle, Cleartrip, Bajaj Allianz, Commvault, Optum, Grofers, Infeedo, AMD India, Larsen and Toubro, Thomas Cook, Interglobe, Capgemini, Tata Communications, Udemy India, Infosys, Schneider Electric India, Akzonobel India, GOQii, InterraIT, Fiserv, Deloitte, BMC Software, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson India, OYO, Wipro, Enparadigm, DXC Technology, Ekincare, PSRI hospitals, AON, Space Matrix, Fujitsu India, Nipman Foundation, Samarthyam, RBS and UBS participated in these sessions.  

The highlight of the event was an expansive demo zone where more than 30 companies displayed their HR tech solutions to the audience. “To understand how technology is transforming the way we work, the workforce, the workplaces; and to help employers engage with their employees better, JobBuzz launched the Workplace2025 Conclave last year. This year’s edition took this discussion to a notch above,” said Sanjay Goyal, Business Head, TimesJobs & JobBuzz