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Two days of conversations with more than 180 HR leaders and rewards specialists – all at Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia, as reported by Aditi Sharma Kalra.
Perspectives on HR from an MD and a CEO, a case study on using evidence-based data analytics for decision making, facilitated networking sessions, and two days of conversations with more than 180 HR leaders and rewards specialists – all at Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia.
Having organised this conference across Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, one thing has become quite clear – when it comes to compensation and benefits programmes, organisations throughout Asia Pacific are keen on creative yet cost-effective solutions.
To spark discussions on this topic, Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia was produced by Human Resources’ Evon Yew, as a two-day conference held on August 17-18 at Kuala Lumpur’s Connexion@Nexus.
The conference was inaugurated by Christopher Ong, managing director, DHL Express, Malaysia and Brunei, who also drives DHL’s Six Sigma and GOGREEN corporate programmes. His keynote was a tale on crafting an effective total rewards strategy that drives business excellence.
Following him was Hash Piperdy, chief executive officer, Mercer Malaysia, who comes with 20 years of international consulting experience, in the UK, Europe and Asia, having advised organisations around HR transformation and M&A integration projects.
Another business head then took the stage, with the inspiring take on how SME employers can make the most of their rewards budget. This was led by Adnan Lee, managing director, MBG Fruits, who set up his own business at the age of 19.
After multiple failed attempts at expansion, he tasted success at the fifth attempt, and his business now 31 outlets with a workforce of 300 employees.
With that, we moved into the first panel discussion for the conference – challenges and opportunities for capitalising on total rewards in Asia. Moderating this panel was Andrew Ng, HR director, Fonterra. The panelists were Christopher Ong, MD, DHL Express Malaysia and Brunei; Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits directors, Honeywell; and Kenny Ong, MD, Universal Music Malaysia and Singapore.
After a hearty lunch, we dove straight into another panel discussion – this one on benefits planning for a multi-generational workforce. Moderating this discussion was Steven Ooi, advisor health business, Tokio Marine Insurans.
He was joined by panelists Tricia Lim, head of rewards, Maxis; Dr Hazlee bin Abdul Hadi, head, occupational health specialist and medical advisor, occupational health services, Prince Court Medical Centre; and Chandralakshmi Thiruchelvam, director compensation and benefits – Asia, Western Digital.
Up next, we had a speaker to ideate on healthcare programmes that benefit both the employer and employee. Dr Lim Pek Yean, occupational health doctor, resident medical officer, Sunway Medical Centre has experience treating a diseases in the trauma and emergency department of a busy government hospital, as well as managed health screening for the private sector.
Her presentation was around the improvisation of health and well-being programmes that balance both costs and employee engagement.
With more than 20 years of experience, Steven Ooi, advisor health business, Tokio Marine Insurans took the stage next with a keynote on structuring sustainable yet cost-effective healthcare and insurance programmes.
Day one was ably concluded by Dr Hafez Hussain, executive director of rehabilitation centre, Social Security Organisation of Malaysia (SOCSO). In his case study, he shared how he has implemented a paradigm shift at SOSCO towards improving employees’ social well-being.
Day two commenced nice and early, Sow Chat Gan, Asia Pacific benefits director, Honeywell opening the session with a presentation on the need to balance cost sustainability with evidence-based data analytics, while making business decisions. He took case examples of how rewards decisions can vary across geographies, to make a point about analysing all the data available to us.
Leny Januar, business development manager, Sage, took over from him with a take on how the advantages of digitised HR strategies can be harnessed to boost efficiency and reduce costs.
Following her was a speaker with more than 31 years of experience in HR development, also a corporate hypnotherapist with Austin School of Hypnotherapy (UK), an NLP practitioner, and a certified trainer with Motorola University (Singapore). Peter Ling, chief organisational development officer, Mah Sing Group, presented a case study on transforming a traditional company into multinational organisation.
Ling was followed by Datin Sabariah Fauziah, vice president (II)– group talent management services, KPJ Healthcare, who does a delicate balancing act between her responsibilities in strategic human capital and the development of career paths.
Having served the KPJ Group for 22 years, she spoke on retaining and engaging top talent through enhancing flexibility and engagement at the workplace.
Next in line was a panel discussion on how a flexible benefits programme can imply a win-win situation for both employer and employee, facilitated by Roshni Mahesh, principal and flexible benefits expert, Mercer Marsh Benefits.
Joining her were panelists: Grace Chan Hwee, senior general manager, group HR and administration, Berjaya Corporation; Henk Jonge Poerink, senior vice president global operations and managing director, BESI; Peter Ling, chief organisational development officer, Mah Sing Group.
Following a stimulating discussion, peppered with lots of questions from the audience, we had two presenters taking the stage, with an inside look at the evolution of the flexible benefits programme at Digi Telecommunications.
There was Animesh Mukherjee, who has more than 15 years of experience across a spectrum of human capital issues, and presently head of the HR centre of expertise, at Digi. Joining him was Sulaxmi Prasad, who has nearly 10 years of experience in the areas of rewards and performance, and currently heads rewards and analytics at Digi.
The conference then moved into a conversation about creating a compelling employee value proposition, and integrating it with your rewards strategy, moderated by Anna Tan, country HR director, Schneider Electric Malaysia.
Joining her were the panelists: Yeoh Sai Yew, head, people department, AirAsia X; Nadiah Tan Abdullah, HR director, Experian Development Centre Malaysia; and Philip Karnoe, group head of HR, Lion & Lion Malaysia.
The concluding session for the conference saw Mooi Fung Farm, HR director, Shell on stage. Having been with Shell for 19 years, she started her career in business before moving to HR, and has since managed sizable teams across downstream, the service centre and upstream.
Her case study focused on career development – how to identify strengths, weakness, opportunities, threats for your talented employees.
With that, a memorable couple of days came to an end, as the delegates took time to fill in their feedback via a newly-introduced online form.
Human Resources would like to thank all sponsors and partners that led to the success of Employee Benefits Asia 2016, Malaysia:
- Gold sponsors: Mercer | Sage | Sunway Medical Centre | Tokio Marine Insurans (Malaysia)
- Silver sponsor: Sanofi Pasteur
- Association partners: International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) |
- Media partners: Centre of Executive Education (CEE) | Clocate.com | Chief Learning Officer Middle East | CrowdReviews.com | HR MONK | Leaderonomics | Voices of Leaders.