The 5-Day Faculty Development Program (FDP) on “Emerging Trends in HRM: Adaptation and Integration in the Digital Age” conducted at IPER (Institute of Professional Education and Research) was an insightful and transformative experience for both participants and organizers. Led by Dr. Shiladitya Verma, a distinguished faculty member from the Business Higher College of Technology in Fujairah, UAE, this FDP aimed to delve deep into the evolving landscape of Human Resource Management (HRM) in the digital era.
The objectives of the FDP were well-defined, and they set the tone for an engaging and enriching learning journey. Participants, predominantly consisting of academicians and HR professionals, were eager to explore the latest advancements and challenges posed by technology and digital transformation in the field of HRM.
Day 1 served as an excellent introduction to the concept of Digital HRM. Dr. Shiladitya Verma initiated discussions on the role and importance of technology in HRM, emphasizing how the digital age has revolutionized the way HR functions. The session traced the evolution of HRM in this context and highlighted the daily challenges faced by HR professionals. Participants gained valuable insights into the critical role technology plays in the modern workplace.
The second day of the program focused on the digital transformation of HR processes. Topics such as the digitization of HR functions, the leverage of HR Information Systems (HRIS), and HR analytics were extensively covered. Participants learned how automation and technology streamline HR processes and how AI is increasingly being used for employee evaluation techniques. This session was particularly beneficial for those seeking to enhance efficiency within their HR departments.
Digital Talent Acquisition and Management were the focal points of Day 3. In today’s competitive job market, effective recruitment strategies are vital. Participants explored various digital recruitment tools and strategies, including the use of social media and online platforms for talent sourcing. Talent analytics and compatibility tests were discussed, offering attendees a comprehensive understanding of workforce planning and management in the digital era.
Employee Experience took center stage on Day 4. Participants discovered how digital initiatives, such as employee self-service portals, mobile applications, chatbots, and virtual assistants, enhance engagement and satisfaction. The session also delved into the importance of data analytics and predictive modeling in talent management. Participants left with a clear understanding of how these technologies can foster a positive and productive work environment.
The final day of the FDP focused on Ethical Considerations in Digital HRM. Dr. Shiladitya Verma guided participants through the ethical implications of using emerging technologies in HRM. Ensuring fairness, transparency, accountability, privacy, and confidentiality in digital HR processes was discussed in-depth. Ethical guidelines for AI and ML applications in HRM provided a framework for ethical decision-making in HR practices.
Overall, the 5-Day Faculty Development Program at IPER, led by Dr. Shiladitya Verma, was a resounding success. Participants left with a deeper understanding of how technology is reshaping HRM and the knowledge and skills needed to navigate this evolving landscape. The FDP not only broadened their horizons but also equipped them to lead their organizations into the future of HRM in the digital age. It was a testament to IPER’s commitment to fostering excellence in education and professional development.