IPM Sri Lanka President Leads IPM Team To CIPD HR Conference & Exhibition, UK

Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri-President IPM Sri Lanka together with a team of HR professionals represented IPM Sri Lanka at the 70th Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK recently. Aptly themed “Embracing the New World of Work”, the Conference was held at the Manchester Conventions Center, UK on 8-9th November. The CIPD HR Conference is considered as one of the largest HR conferences in the world. The team accompanying Prof. Dharmasiri included Priyankara Seneviratne, Council Member and Chairman-IPM National HR Conference (NHRC) 2018 and Sanath Palliyaguru-Council Member, IPM Sri Lanka. It has been a customary practice for CIPD, UK to invite the IPM Sri Lanka President and other IPM delegates to the conference on an annual basis.

The “New World of Work” is the new work environment where digitalization of work, the impact of technology on jobs and the entire societal framework changing what has hitherto been the norm, and the resultant increased pace of transformation that is already impacting the day to day lives of one and all. This new world of work presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities from an organizational as well as people perspective. 

“The key takeaway from attending this global HR conference is to reflect how the aspects of the new world of work will be applicable to Sri Lanka as Sri Lankan organizations in many business and industry sectors as well as the society in general too are in the midst of this digital transformational journey” said Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri. 

“The demands being placed on organizations and their people are immense which is constantly highlighting the increasingly strategic role that is required of HR professionals in order to acquire a competitive advantage in a fast changing global playing field. As the Nation’s leader in human resource management, IPM Sri Lanka is in the forefront of developing globally competitive HR leaders with global reach and local roots who will guide us to embrace and take advantage of the new world of work for the betterment of our organizations and its people” he added.

The CIPD HR Conference made a compelling call for action for organizations, leaders and professionals to champion good work and more ethical decisions. The conference programme was intended to empower the participants to become a driving force for the good of organizations, individuals and the wider society, and included a wide variety of topic areas and learning formats. The Conference provided an opportunity to look at how organizations need to change and modernize their people practices not only to succeed in a new reality of work, but also to shape a fairer future that will benefit everyone in a more inclusive manner.

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