Annual Conference 2017


CyHRMA Annual Conference & Expo
  24 May 2017

Nicosia, Filoxenia Conference Centre
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Once more, the Annual Conference of the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association was completed with great success. The Conference established by now in the Cyprus business community, is recognized as one of the most important and valuable events in the field of Human Resource Management.

This year, the Conference took place on May 24, 2017 at the Filoxenia Conference Center in Nicosia, with the presence of the Honorable Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, Mrs. Zeta Emilianidou as well as a number of distinguished guestsand more than 150 Conference participants.

The conference hosted forward-thinking speakers from Cyprus and abroad and offered networking opportunities with colleagues from organizations of all types in a comfortable setting and an exciting EXPO with HR solutions and services.

The Conference began with welcoming speeches by the Conference Co-Chairpersons, Mr. Panayiotis Thrasyvoulou, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association and Mrs. Miranda Archontidou, Member of the Conference Committee. A welcoming speech followed by the President of the Board of Directors, Mr. George Pantelides, who welcomed the participants and thanked them for their presence in this important event for the Association. He also thanked the Minister for attending theConference as well as for the Ministry's decision to place the Conferenceunder its auspices. This acknowledgment is highly significant for our Annual Conference.

The President then invited Mrs. Zeta Emilianidou to come to the stage for her speech. The Minister mentioned that the Association offers valuable opportunitiesfor someone to learn, network and get informed on the latest innovations and trends in the field of Human Resource Management. In the modern business environment, it is a necessity for the organizations to invest in the human capital for their smooth operation. People is the most valuable asset of an organization and should develop multiple skills such as flexibility, adaptability to changing circumstances, problem solving skills, continuous learning skills, as well as teamwork and communication skills. Organizations face multiple challenges that reinforce the need for change and improvement in the effectiveness of their human resources. The Minister said that today Cyprus is experiencing a steady economic recovery and growth. The unemployment rates steadily fell and young people can now see the future with optimism. The government remains focused on growth and creation of more and better jobs. Through the promotion of appropriate policies and measures,the Ministry continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, strengthen the employability of the unemployed and employed, support the creation of new jobs, improve welfare systems. The Minister also referred to the Association’s request for participation in the HRDA’s Board of Directors and said that she will examine it.

Keynote speaker was Mr.
David Alan Conradie , Partner, Human Capital Advisory Services at Deloitte Consulting S.r.l. His speech titled “The Future of HR in a Digital Age” covered the results of the “2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Survey”. The focus was on 10 areas identified by the survey, in which organizations will need to close the gap between the pace of change and the challenge of leading, organizing, motivating, managing, and engaging the 21st-century workforce. Examples of innovative HR solutions developed to address the challenges of the new digital reality were also shared.

The speech by Mr.
Antonios Daskos , Managing Director & Master Trainer at DOOR Training & Consulting Greece – Cyprus followed. His presentation “HR & Training Metrics” included the most important HR & Training metrics that an organization should use.

After the end of his speech, a short break followed within the Exhibition area.

The next speaker was Mr.
Stylianos N. Christoforou , Managing Partner at Stylianos Christoforou & Co. LLC. Through his speech “Companies’ current Challenges in Employment Law” , Mr. Christoforou analysed, based on his experience, the top five most common and tricky employment law matters: 1) Handling employee complaints, 2) Handling employee fraud cases, 3) Termination of employment, 4) Transfer of undertakings, 5) Non- disclosure clauses in employment agreements . Additionally, participants had the opportunity to discuss issues on labour law matters.

Then, Mrs.
Marina Ioannou-Hasapi , Director of the Department of Labour Relations presented her speech on the subject “‘Gender Equality Employer’ Certification”. The Department of Labour Relations promotes the Cyprus Gender Equality Certification Body for the implementation of Best Practices toward Gender Equality within the working environment.The Body’s goal is to certify businesses that implement policies that ensure gender equality and life-work balance. Each organization can be certified either as an Equality Employer and implement an integrated system on gender equality or certified for a Best Practice. To date, 40 companies have been awarded. The 19 of them received the Equality Employer Certificate and the rest were certified for Best Practices. Mrs. Ioannou-Hasapi referred to the Equality Certification criteria, examples of Best Practices and the reasons that a company must be certified. A short presentation followed by three companies that obtained the Gender Equality Certification (Crowne Plaza Limassol, Cyproman Services Ltd, LGS Handling Ltd).

Three speeches followed under the subject “Talent Management”. The first presentation
“Nestle needs Youth – the Global Initiative of Nestle for Youth Employability” was delivered by Mrs. Polyxeni Kiouri , Human Resources Director Greece & SEE Reg. at Νestle Hellas SA. Mrs. Kiouri referred to Nestle’s initiative, which promotes job creation, in addition to strengthening and developing the skills and employability of young people. This initiative also mobilizes companies and non-governmental organizations to unite and further support the youth.

The next speech was
“Talents Empowerment Retail STEP FORWARD!” by Mr.Dimitris Stavropoulos , Talent Acquisition & Development Manager at Public (Retail World SA). Mr. Stavropoulos referred to the main pillars of the performance management strategy: Continuous and Honest Feedback, Team Collaboration, Promotion of Performance Review Outcomes, Coaching.

The next speaker was Mr.
Gregory Sofroniou, Senior Consultant Learning Development at Lidl Cyprus. Through his speech “Dynamic Store Manager Program: Developing The Leaders of Our Stores” , Mr. Sofroniou mentioned the four steps of the program: 1) How the new Store Manager should be, 2) Where the company stands today, 3) Personalized Development Plan and 4) Education & Development.
Lunch followed where participants had the opportunity to network again.

The rest of the conference was completed with two presentations on the theme of Workplace Well Being. Mrs.
Valentina Toumaniou, Strategic Human Resources Officer at the Cyprus University of Technology delivered her speech with the title “Balancing Work and Life at the Cyprus University of Technology” mentioning the three main pillars: 1) Procedures 2) Implementation of Practices and Policies 3) Organization Philosophy. Mrs. Toumaniou said that the University's desire is for its people to be healthy. The aim of the University is to create a supportive environment that gives employees control over their lives and get satisfaction.

Last speaker was Mr.
Graham Nugent, Director of MANDEVCO International Ltd and his presentation was on the subject “Manage Your Stressors: Escape the Squeeze | Unlock the Chains | Breather Free” . Mr. Nugent gave the keys to manage stress and improve the quality of life. These five keys/ways are: “C.R.E.D.O.”: Communicate, Relax, Exercise, Diet, Organise.

The closure of the Conference followed in the afternoon.

We would like to sincerely thank all Sponsors and Exhibitors of the 2017 Conference. Their contribution was decisive in creating an unforgettable Conference: DeloitteLtd (Gold Sponsor), Cyprus International Institute of Managementand DeltaSoft Ltd (Silver Sponsors), Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (Supporter).

Exhibitors (in alphabetical order) were:British Council (Cyprus), Cyprus International Institute of Management, Deloitte Ltd, DeltaSoft Ltd, DOOR Training & Consulting, Marsh Brokers Ltd, Oracle Hellas, S.K. Stirixis Educational & Consulting Ltd.