Reimagining the world of work at Innovation@Work Asia

PRNewswire October 14, 2022
  • Chief evangelist at Google Workspace, Michael Brenzel, said hybrid is the new standard and technology which allows working options for everybody has moved up in business priorities more than ever before.
  • Key themes here to stay included workplace flexibility, the importance of collaboration between HR and IT and a focus on wellbeing and continual learning.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Economist Impact’s second annual Innovation@Work Asia brought together a senior cohort of policymakers, HR, technology, operations and C-level executives online and in Singapore this October 12th to 14th 2022, to examine the roles of people, technology and strategy in the future of work.

In a conversation on navigating priorities in the emerging future workplace, Michael Brenzel Chief evangelist at Google Workspace said, “Hybrid is the new standard. [From conversations] with CHRO’s…the young generation is often asking for flexibility”. Brenzel continued, “To have the right technology in place to establish working options for everybody…is a key element that [has] moved up in business priorities more than ever before.” The connection between HR and IT was also highlighted as a necessary collaboration to “create a good base for happiness for all employees”.

The focus on employee wellbeing, catalysed by the recent pandemic, was also highlighted by Kris Giswold, Mondelēz International’s senior vice-president, finance in APAC, Middle East and Africa, who said, “Empathy and the focus on wellbeing [are here to stay]”.

In a panel on strategic innovations at work that could help workers and organisations become more resilient to future challenges, Linda Lee, managing director at DBS said, “We have to constantly remind ourselves that if we don’t change, we will not be able to get employed tomorrow”. Joining the discussion was Aaron Maniam, deputy secretary, industry & international at Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore who said on the topic of continual learning and employee upskilling, “We need to approach learning as…a journey and not a destination”.

The third and final day of discussions returned to the importance of technology, with a spotlight on accelerated digital transformation and integrated technologies. In a panel on automation, Anita Lettink, founder of and partner at Strategic Management Centre said, “The stigma of automation replacing jobs, robots replacing us, is going away…younger people who are tech savvy consider it normal”.

On-demand access to Innovation@Work Asia is available, along with event details, on the event website.

Chaired by The Economist Group’s editors, the event featured industry expert speakers including::

  • Angela Ryan, group chief human resources officer, IHH Healthcare
  • Bob Aubrey, founder and chair of the advisory board, ASEAN Human Development Organisation
  • Chin Loon Chai, senior director, Cyber Security Group and government CISO, GovTech
  • Fernn Lim, chief of staff, nexus, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Gagan Bhargava, vice-president, Global people strategy and analytics, Schneider Electric
  • Julian Clarke, executive director of HR and group owner, restructuring and M&A—people and change, Telstra
  • Peter Attfield, chief talent and learning officer, Group human resources, Jardine Matheson
  • Phoram Mehta, senior director APAC and chief information security officer, Paypal
  • Ramesh Subramaniam, director general, Southeast Asia department, Asian Development Bank
  • Rashmi Sharma, learning and leadership director, Bottling Investments Group, The Coca Cola Company
  • Ratchanee Wattanawisitporn, director, Foreign Investment Marketing Division, Board of Investment Thailand
  • Sara Elder, senior economist, International Labour Organisation regional office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Sue Coulter, head of group digital, AIA
  • and many more

Building on the success of the inaugural Innovation@Work Asia 2021, Economist Impact’s Innovation@Work Asia 2022 brought together policy makers, senior HR, technology, operations and C-level executives for three days of rigorous discussion and debate on the pressing issues faced by the c-suite across Asia today.

To engage with Innovation@Work Asia on social media, use #EconInnovationAsia in your conversations and follow @EconomistEvents on Twitter or Economist Impact events on LinkedIn.


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