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6 Things You Can't Miss at the Virtual HR Show & Expo 2020


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With over 4,000 HR professionals, 135 speakers and 150 sessions, the HR Show & Expo 2020 (HRSE 2020) is one of the largest HR conferences in the world.

And a global pandemic isn’t going to get in its way!

Now delivered completely online, the HR Show and Expo 2020 will be held virtually and it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting HR events of the year.

Here’s our pick of 6 things that you can’t miss at the virtual HR Show & Expo 2020!

1. An entire day devoted to the HR sector in Saudi Arabia

This year, there will be an entire day devoted to human resources in Saudi Arabia, reflecting how the sector is expanding in the country. 

A report by KPMG in 2019, found that the HR sector in Saudi Arabia is changing at pace and that HR professionals are keen to take advantage of digital developments. 94% of HR respondents agreed that there is a pressing need to develop the digital skills of the workforce and also improve the way that the HR sector in KSA functions.

With presentations exploring everything from the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on HR, through to how CEOs can effectively respond to humanitarian disasters, and a range of engaging panel discussions, it looks set to be a fascinating day. 

Here’s our pick of KSA focus day events:

  • Life After Covid-19: Bracing for the New World of Work (Moutaz Mashhour, Chief Human Resources Officer, John Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Saeed Alharbi, Vice President - Human Resources, Olayan Group Faraj Almonajam, Deputy Minister of Shared Services, Ministry of Investment)
  • Employee Engagement Reimagined: Strategies to strengthen your Employee Experience (Ahmed Alhomoud, Chief Human Resources Officer, eXtra(United Electronics Co.) Mohammed Al Ahmari, General Manager Human Resources, TASNEE Taher AlDabbagh, Senior Vice President Corporate Services, International Maritime Industries)
  • Leading Through Crisis: What Did We Learn from the Pandemic? (Alistair Smith, SVP HR, Riyad Bank Abdulrahman Alsheail, Director of Human Resources Department, Institute of Public Administration (IPA) Nojoud G. AlHajjar, HR Executive Director, Ministry of Investment Saud N Al-Omair, Senior Leadership Development, SABIC)

2. Fascinating online workshops

Long gone are the days when expositions and conferences were just filled with people talking at you for hours on end. Today’s HR conferences are vibrant, interactive events where there are lots of opportunities to collaborate, share opinions and learn new skills.

Workshops are one of the best ways to collaborate and improve your own skill set at the same time.

This year, HRSE has 12 virtual workshops you can take part in. They’re delivered before and after the exposition itself, allowing you to avoid annoying clashes and letting you soak up more of the amazing content available.

Our pick of the workshops:

OD: Reimagining Your Organization's Future (Fadeel AlFahoum, SHRM – SCP - Senior Faculty & SME)

Exploring how you can bring a systems perspective to HR in your organisation, this workshop will teach you how to identify business performance barriers and opportunities and implement alternatives that offer long-term benefits.

Date: Sunday, 15 November 2020 Timing: 08.30 – 14:30

Employer Branding Workshop: Learn how to attract the talent you want to see (Seema Nagrath Menon, ATD Master Facilitator)

Ever felt that your employer branding is doing more harm than good when it comes to recruitment and employee retention? In this workshop, Seema Nagrath Menon explores how branding influences employee buy-in and contributes to retention and recruitment. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to create a core employer branding program that influences employee engagement for the better!

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2020 Timing: 08.30 – 14:30

3. Virtual networking

Networking at conferences is one of the essential ways that we build and maintain relationships across the sector, so it’s a vital part of any industry gathering.

In the midst of a crisis though, there comes an opportunity to innovate. And HRSE 2020 are doing just that.

This year, networking will be entirely digital. You’ll just create a personalised profile, choose your sector interests and the people you’d like to meet, and a state-of-the-art algorithm will connect you to the people best suited to your needs.

You’ll be able to network online through digital video and phone calls throughout the whole of the event, and you can schedule a time during or after it to network with others too.

4. The keynote speakers

HRSE 2020 has an incredible line-up of keynote speakers, with presentations reflecting the strange environment that HR professionals across the world now find themselves working in.

The expo kicks off with a keynote speech from one of the world’s leading authorities on people management, Peter Capelli, exploring whether our move towards an increasingly streamlined industry is affecting employee engagement for the worse.

Renowned physicist and best-selling author Dr. Michio Kaku will then be delivering a lecture on the ‘Future of Work: A Post-Covid Perspective’ on day two, helping layout how COVID-19 has potentially changed the way that we work for good.

And day three features a keynote speech from Terence Mauri, a ‘disruption thinker’, entitled ‘Hacking the Future’, where Mauri will explore how to find your advantages in an uncertain world.

What's more, Keith Watson FCIPD, ICS Learn CIPD tutor and Head of Consultancy Services at 360 HR Solutions will also be giving two fascinating presentations on the Transformation of Digital Learning, and The Future of L&D in a Post-Pandemic World.

All of these speakers are sure to offer some intriguing views, so make sure you don’t miss them!

5. The exhibitors

With over 50 exciting exhibitors, drawn from more than 25 countries, the virtual HR Show & Expo 2020 isn’t just about presentations, workshops and panel discussions. There are a range of international exhibitors too (we’ll be there!), showcasing the latest HR products and services to help make your job a little easier and improve your productivity.

This year, there are 30 virtual categories where exhibitors are showcasing themselves:

  • Management consulting
  • Employee engagement
  • Health, wellness and safety
  • Employment law and legislative
  • Training and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment
  • Workforce Planning and Analytics
  • HR Innovation
  • Digital HR
  • Tech and Transformation

6. The Future Workplace Awards!

Celebrating the best HR talent that the Middle East and wider region has to offer, the Future Workplace Awards are being held virtually for the first time and they’re a useful way to find out which companies and individuals are innovating in the industry.

With awards categories covering Employee Experience, Excellence in HR, Learning and Talent Development, and HR Technology, and some incredible nominees, it’s looking to be a particularly competitive year!

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