SpeakIn Asia Dialogues | Future of Work September 8, 2022. Singapore
An Event Report
Business leaders in Singapore at the SpeakIn Asia Dialogues summit on Future of Work: Reimagining the Workforce expressed the view that upskilling, reskilling and continuous learning are essential to keep pace with rapid changes being brought in by automation. These changes, they felt, while they will pose huge challenges to the way humans work, will entail even closer collaborations between the workforce and technology.
The event was held in Singapore on September 8, 2022. More than a hundred Asia Pacific business leaders attended the summit. Many others joined the proceedings virtually.
The Guest of Honour was Lawrence Chan, Group Chief Executive Officer, NETS, Singapore. He emphasised how vital reskilling was in the emerging future of work scenario. “Without prioritising reskilling we will not be able to meet the demands of the changing nature of jobs,” he said.
Honouring Future of Work thought leaders
At the event, SpeakIn honoured nine Future of Work experts for their leadership and inspiration in the emerging human capital landscape. These individuals were recognised for their record of having worked towards redefining and redesigning an organisation in preparation for the workplace of the future.
The awardees were:
Nicole Poon, Chief of People of MatchMove
Jay Huang, Co-Founder and CEO of Pulsifi
Apolline Picot, Creative Director of Landor & Fitch
Alex Png, Chief People Officer of Intrepid Group Asia
Kenneth Daniel Tan, Senior VP of Varian
Annie Joseph, Director of A*Star
Sudakshina Bhattacharya, Chief HR Officer of HDFC ERGO
Vaishali Ahuja, Vice President HR of BMW AG
Amod Vijayvargiya, Professor of Strategy at the Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore.
Each Future of Work awardee was nominated by an acknowledged industry leader, either a C-suite executive with a reputed brand, or a consultant with impeccable credentials and standing in the human resources space.
Lively panel discussion
The central part of the summit was the panel discussion on Future of Work. Setting the tone for the discussion, and moderating it, Anthea Collier, the Managing Director (Asia Pacific) of Randstad Sourceright, quoted the Talent Trends 2022 report that revealed that 75 per cent of HR leaders believe reskilling is an effective way of combating the talent scarcity . Collier said: “These employers are confident of seeing a return on investment in upskilling and reskilling employees to confidently deal with the sweeping changes likely in the workforce’s future. Technology is transforming the way companies attract, hire, deploy, manage and engage talent, as well as identify employees who can fill other important roles in their business.”
Excerpts of what the panelists said:
Elena Chipalova, Director, Recruiting, Carrier APAC
“Connect employees to skill-building opportunities beyond their roles, which calls for enabling learning experiences to accelerate new skill development and connecting employees to cross-organisational skill-building opportunities.”
Natalie Bayliss, Google APAC Director of Recruiting
“Technological changes will render the workforce of the future less hierarchical. It is unwise to think of the future of work in terms of doom and gloom because many skills in future will still remain inherently human. Hence determining the most pressing skill needs will forge a closer connection between employees and the market.”
Stephen Yee, Deputy Executive Director, Singapore National Employers Federation
“Organisations need the necessary tools to push digitalisation and give access to digital learning for all employees. It is incumbent upon companies and governments alike to take responsibility for ensuring that all workers, regardless of whether they are employed or out of work, are always being equipped with the most in-demand skills they need now and in the future.”
David Kwee, Founder and CEO of the Training Vision Institute
“The pandemic has shown us that remote work and hybrid work is here to stay. At the same time, here in Singapore, we also see for the first time ever that employees value work-life balance as much as compensation and salary—a testament to the trying demands placed on us during the pandemic as the lines between work and life have blurred.”
The SpeakIn Asia Dialogues Forum
The Future of Work was organised by SpeakIn as part of its Asia Dialogues series, in association with Arcc Spaces, a Singapore-based organisation excelling in creating shared workspaces.
The Future of Work Summit is the fourth in SpeakIn’s Asia Dialogues series—after earlier conclaves on the Indian Administrative Service, Diversity and Inclusion and ESG and Sustainability.