Empowers Talent in a Challenging Economy

0’s 18th HR Networking Event brought together over 350 HR professionals from various industries at the One World Hotel, Petaling Jaya recently. This annual event serves as an effective platform where HR experts are able to share their knowledge and insights with other practitioners from all around the country.

This year’s theme was “Building Successful Human Capital: Empowering Talent in a Challenging Economy”, the HR Networking Event 2017 featured the changing dynamics of the workforce and recruitment industry, which also addressed how human resources strategies can be enhanced to attract and retain talent in an uncertain economy.

“This annual event recognizes the important need for frequent exchange of insights and experience among HR professionals to address the challenges of HR today. It is a great way of keeping up with industry trends and serves as an invaluable platform to network with like-minded professionals. As Asia’s Best Talent Sourcing Partner, a SEEK Asia company, we remain committed in helping organisations succeed and meet all their talent planning and hiring needs,” said Martin Hayden, Chief Commercial Officer of SEEK Asia.

In line with the conference theme, released its Job Outlook Report 2017. The research for this report was conducted across six countries. In Malaysia, it revealed that 63% of candidates and employers agreed to a more conservative job outlook compared to the previous year. The challenging economy raised concerns among candidates that they may face stiffer competition in finding good jobs while employers are prudent with their hiring plans.

When surveyed in this challenging economy, 11% of employers indicated they would maintain hiring rates while only 18% of employers will increase hiring activity. According to the report, 54% of employers will largely replace or fill essential roles. Hence, the candidates’ concerns of not being able to find a good job are valid given that they will have to compete more aggressively.

Chook Yuh Yng, Country Manager of, further commented “This challenging landscape has influenced the dynamics of the workforce in Malaysia. Employers now face increased pressure to tackle evolving needs and be innovative in their strategies of talent retention to ensure business success and continuity. In fact, these key themes are being explored during today’s event, aimed at helping HR professionals with actionable insights to take-away and implement.”

The HR Networking Event 2017 commenced with an opening speech from Mr. Martin Hayden, Chief Commercial Officer of SEEK Asia, highlighting the need for organisations to have innovative talent management strategies and a culture which empowers and nurtures talent for achieving business growth. The event continued with keynote speeches and panel discussions from industry leaders including:

• Johan Mahmood Merican, Deputy Director General (Human Capital), Economic Planning Unit
• Nora Abdul Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Maybank
• Martin Hayden, Chief Commercial Officer, SEEK Asia
• Prof Loredana, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (in collaboration with MIT-Sloan)
• Chen Fong Tuan, Head of People, Mah Sing Group

In support of the event were moderators and panelists from top companies which include Berjaya Corporation Berhad, IOI Group, Mah Sing Group, MDEC, Nokia and Sunway Berhad.


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