July 16 - 17 2024

(Tuesday - Wednesday)

 

CYBERVIEW RESORT & SPA, CYBERJAYA, SELANGOR

 

2-Day Conference Designed for

 

Malaysia SMEs

 

Winning HR and People Practices

 

HR Strategies for 2024

 

14 + Experts,

HR & Business

Leaders

300 + Business

Owners and HR

Leaders

12 Keynotes &

Sharing

4 Panel Sessions

 

 

Conference Overview

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are integral to Malaysia's economy. They are a major source of employment, with 48.4% of the workforce employed by SMEs in 2020. In short, SMEs drive Malaysia’s economic growth.

An effective HR function is essential to the success of SMEs. It involves a lot more than managing operations, production and payroll. In this conference, you will learn that:

  1. Creating a professional and strategic HR function will make a game-changing difference to your business.
  2. Attracting, developing and retaining talent is key to success and growth, and
  3. These strategies and practices do not need a significant financial investment.

 

Objective of the Conference

The objective of this conference is to:

  1. To bring together HR experts, practitioners, and SME business leaders to share their insights, experiences, and best practices in HR management.
  2. To disseminate tailored insights specifically for Small and Medium Enterprises, addressing their unique HR challenges and opportunities.
  3. To provide a platform for understanding and implementing strategies that can enhance HR practices within SMEs, contributing to organizational growth and competitiveness.
  4. To explore innovative approaches in HR management, encouraging attendees to think creatively about how HR can drive SME success.
  5. To foster a networking environment where attendees can connect, collaborate, and build a supportive professional network that aids SMEs in navigating HR-related challenges.
  6. Offer actionable takeaways and practical solutions that attendees can apply within their own SMEs, ensuring that the conference's insights translate into tangible improvements.

In summary, the conference's primary objective is to empower SME business leaders and HR professionals with the knowledge and tools to optimize HR practices, thereby fostering growth and competitiveness within Small and Medium Enterprises.

 

Conference Fee

 

     Members*     

     Non-Member     

  Before 30 April (1st Mar- 30th April)

  RM 1,800.00

  RM 2,200.00

  Before 30 May (1st May - 31 May)

  RM 2,400.00

  RM 2,400.00

  Before 30 June (1st June - 30 June)

  RM 2,600.00

  RM 2,600.00

  After 1 July (1st July - 15th July)

  RM 3,000.00

  RM 3,000.00

 

* PRICES ARE INCLUSIVE OF SST *
Members are in reference to Companies who subscribe to the services provided by IHR Consulting Sdn Bhd
 

Conference Agenda

 Day 1  (July 16, 2024, Tuesday am)     

 

Segment 1 - Why SMEs Need a Professional HR Management System

 

8.00 am

Registration of Participants and Refreshments

 

9.00 am

Arrival of Guest of Honour and VIP

 

9.05 am

Welcome salutations by Emcee

Dr Saiful Amin

9.10 am

Conference Context Setting

Why the HR Function is Critical to SME Success

  • The evolving role of HR in shaping organizational resilience.
  • Innovative HR strategies applied to attract, develop, and retain top talent.
  • Best practices for adapting to changing workforce dynamics and skill requirements.

 

 

Erika Liang Mei Chyun

Deloitte & Touche Enterprise Risk Services

 

 

Keynote Address by Guest of Honour

 

 

10.30 am

Morning Break

 

 

11.00 am

How SMEs can Attract, Develop and Retain Talent

  • Understanding the fundamental principles and factors that contribute to employee engagement.
  • Strategies and best practices for creating a work environment that promotes engagement, including flexible opportunities, and recognition programs
  • Methods for measuring and evaluating employee engagement, such as surveys and feedback mechanisms.

 

Anthony Raja Devadoss

Korn Ferry, Malaysia

 

11.30 am

How"I Want to Work From Home!" - How to Balance Work/Life Models With Business Challenges

  • Challenges and opportunities in the current business landscape work models.
  • Effective remote team management and collaboration.
  • Strategies for ensuring employee well-being and work-life balance in a flexible work environment.

Melissa Norman 

Aisling Group

 

12.00 pm

Panel Discussion

 

Navigating the Future of Work: Strategies for Managing Talent and Work/Life Challenges

A panel discussion featuring HR Consultants sharing their strategies and experiences on the impact on Human Resource Management in attracting, developing, and retaining talent.

 

Moderator

Dr Amer Hamzah

 

Panelist

Erika Liang

Anthony Raja

Melissa Norman

1.00 pm

Lunch Break

 

 

 

 Day 1  (July 16, 2024, Tuesday pm)     

 

Segment 2 - Successful Talent Management Strategies for SMEs

 

2.30 pm

How to Attract Talent Through a Winning Manpower Planning & Hiring Strategy

  • Aligning manpower planning with your business strategy.
  • Innovative recruitment and selection strategies to attract top talent.
  • Designing competitive compensation and benefits packages to retain and motivate employees.
  • Cost Management Strategies

Koljit Singh

MIHRM

3.00 pm

How to Design a Compensation & Benefit Package and Reward Mechanism to gain a Competive Edge

  • Change in the workforceand its impact on compensation and benefits design.
  • Strategies for researching and analysing the compensation and benefits offered by industry competitors to remain competitive.
  • How to tailor packages that address :
    • Expectations of a multi-generational workforce, and
    • Non-traditional benefits like wellness programs, flexible work arrangements and professional development opportunities. 

 

 

Lim Chee Gay

TDCX

3.30 pm

Designing a Performance Management and Appraisal System that Delivers Results

  • Overview of performance management systems
  • Effective performance appraisal systems and their role in employee growth.
  • Best practices for providing constructive feedback and managing underperformance.

 

Grace Chan

Hengyuan Refining Company Berhad

4.00 pm

Evening Break

 

4.30 pm

Panel Discussion

 

Practical Talent Management Strategies for SMEs

This panel discussion will address specific SME challenges such as:

  • Workforce adaptability
  • Strategic manpower planning, and 
  • How to future-prood talent

 

Moderator

Erika Liang

 

Panelist

Koljit Singh

Lim Chee Gay

Grace Chan

5.30 pm

End of Day 1

 

 

 

Day 2  (July 17, 2024, Wednesday am)     


 

Segment 3 - Technology & Regulatory Compliance for Human Resource Management in SMEs

 

8.30 am

Registration of Participants and Refreshments

 

9.00 am

Technology and Automation - HR Analytics, data-driven, decision-making, AI & HRM

  • Role of technology in HR, including HR analytics and data-driven decision-making.
  • Integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in HR processes and talent management.
  • Case studies of organizations leveraging technology for more efficient HR practices

Jonas Lind

WorqApp

9.30 am

‘How Do I Start to Transform My Business?’

A case study on using assessments to hire and develop talent.

  • The starting point: What are the factors that really drive your organization’s business?
    • Choosing a culture that aligns with business needs.
    • Creating a transformation strategy
  • Using assessments to hire talent based on your organization’s business needs
  • How to use assessments in leadership and talent development

 

Pete Pereira 

Aspire Consulting

10.00 am

HR Compliance as the key tool to manage your work force.

  • Compliance to Labour and Industrial Practises
  • Importance of a clear and fair disciplinary policies and procedures within the organization.
  • Case studies and examples of organizations that have successfully managed employee non-performance and disciplinary issues while maintaining a positive workplace culture.

 

Dharmen Sivalingam

Dharmen Sivalingam & Partners

10.30 am

Morning Break

 

11.00 am

Technology Sharing - Handshake

Tan Zi Loong

Hendshake

 

11.30 am

Panel Discussion

Practical Strategies in Technology, Transformation and Compliance

Expert will share successful approaches, tools, and insights for small and medium-sized enterprises to manange human resources while adhering to regulatory requiremments with real life case studies.

 

Moderator

Laurence Yap

 

Panelist

Jonas Lind

Pete Pereira Dharmen Sivalingam

Tan Zi Thong

 

1.00 pm

Lunch

 

 

Day 2  (July 17, 2024, Wednesday pm)     

 

Segment 4 - Best Practices by SME Leaders

 

2.30 pm

Elavating Business Success via HR Transformation and how KRAs and Rewards can lead to Business Profitability.

  • Evolving role of HR in the modern business landscape and the importance of transformation and how it aligns with organizational goals and can drive innovation and agility.
  • How KRAs was strategically linked to the organization's goals and objectives to drive employee and business performance
  • How the relationship between well-designed rewards and business profitability, including the role of rewards in enhancing employee engagement and motivation.

 

Halim Jantan

Sterling Group of Companies

3.00 pm

Cultivating Innovaion and Growth : The Power of Creativity and Continuous Learning
  • Importance of creating a workplace culture that encourages and rewards creativity and innovation.
  • Significance of lifelong learning for employees and its direct impact on organizational growth.
  • Case studies of organizations that have harnessed creativity and continuous learning to achieve remarkable growth, market expansion, and innovation.

 

Allen Lee

Peoplelogy

3.30 pm

Outsourcing as a Business Strategy for SMEs

  • Key factors to consider when outsourcing HR functions:
    • Cost efficiency,
    • Access to expertise, and
    • Compliance.
  • How to make outsourcing decisions.
  • Case study: How HR outsourcing helped Little Gym focus on core competencies and long-term growth.

 

 

 

Rob Davies

Little Gym Malaysia

4.00 pm

Evening Break

 

4.30 pm

Panel Discussion

Winning the War for Talent in SMEs :

A panel discussion featuring successful SME leaders sharing their strategies and experiences on various aspects of human resource management, offering a comprehensive perspective on enhancing employee engagement, building a talent pipeline, and effectively managing workplace conflicts and change.

 

Moderator

Pete Pereira

 

Panelist

Allen Lee

Halim Jantan

Rob Davies

 

5.30 pm

Closing and End of Conference

 

 

Strategic Panels & Speaker

 

 

STRATEGIC PANEL 1

 

Segment 1 - Why SMEs Need a Professional HR Management System

 

 

Tuesday, 16 July | 0900 - 1200 hoursModerator

 

Erika Liang Mei Chyun

Director, Southeast

Asia Risk Advisory,

Deloitte & Touche

Enterprise Risk

Services Pt Ltd

 

 

Anthony Raja Devadoss

Country Managing

Director

Korn Ferry, Malaysia

 

 

Melissa Norman

Founder and

Managing Director

Aisling Group

 

 

Prof Dr Amer Hamzah

Deputy Vice Chancellor

Veritas University College

 

 

STRATEGIC PANEL 2

 

Segment 2 - Successful Talent Management Strategies for SMEs

 

 

Tuesday, 16 July | 1430 - 1630 hoursModerator

 

 

Koljit Singh

Council Member &

Senior HR Practitioner

MIHRM

 

 

Lim Chee Gay

Group CHRO

TDCX

 

 

Grace Chan

Head of HR

Hengyuan Refining

Company Berhad

 

 

Erika Liang Mei Chyun

Director, Southeast

Asia Risk Advisory,

Deloitte & Touche

Enterprise Risk

Services Pt Ltd

 

 

STRATEGIC PANEL 3

 

Segment 3 - Technology & Regulatory Compliance for Human Resource Management in SMEs

 

 

Tuesday, 16 July | 0900 - 1130 hoursModerator

 

 

Jonas Lind

Executive Chairman

WorqApp

 

 

Pete Pereira

Director & Consultant

Aspire Consulting

 

 

Dharmen Sivalingam

Managing Partner

Messrs. Dharmen

Sivalingam & Partners

 

 

Laurence Yap

Regional HR Advisor

Huacomm

Telecommunications

Engineering Malaysia

 

 

Tan Zi Loong

CEO

Hendshake

 

 

STRATEGIC PANEL 4

 

Segment 4 - Best Practices by SME Leaders

 

 

Tuesday, 16 July | 1430 - 1630 hoursModerator

 

 

Halim Jantan

CEO

Sterling Group of

Companies

 

 

Allen Lee

Founder/Chief

Peoplelogist

Peoplelogy

 

 

Robert Davies

Director

Little Gym Malaysia

 

 

Pete Pereira

Director & Consultant

Aspire Consulting

 

 

 

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