Acara's HR Leadership Summit Recap: Insights and Best Practices

Acara’s HR Leadership Summit Recap: Insights and Best Practices

The HR Leadership Summit hosted by Acara was a thought-provoking event, featuring panels that covered a wide range of topics crucial to the modern workforce. Here’s a comprehensive recap of the key discussions and insights shared during the summit: 

The Importance of Employer Branding 

Employer branding emerged as a central theme, emphasizing its crucial role in today’s information-rich world. Twenty years ago, career choices were limited, but now, organizations need to define their unique identity clearly. Establishing a strong Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is vital. Companies must be authentic about what they stand for and encourage employees to share their experiences. The cultural fit is as important as skills, which are trainable. Organizations often falter by hiring individuals who do not align with their culture. Defining and promoting your employer brand on social media, websites, and review sites can help in presenting an unbiased view and attracting the right talent. 

Building Robust Systems: Lessons from COVID-19 

The pandemic taught us that nothing is future-proof. It’s essential to build robust systems and processes that connect HR functions with the overall business direction. Investing in candidates and focusing on their ability to problem-solve beyond their defined roles is crucial. Behavioral interviewing and assessing transferable skills are becoming more important as traditional roles evolve. 

Navigating Demographic Shifts: The Gen Z Workforce 

As demographic shifts reshape the workforce, understanding and engaging Gen Z is paramount. Gen Z values flexibility in work hours and days and seeks talent development and training opportunities. Attrition among Gen Z often stems from a lack of engagement and challenging work. Organizations must adapt to these expectations to attract and retain young talent. 

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion 

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) practices are now integral to organizational success. Companies are increasingly focusing on maintaining a diverse talent pipeline and training hiring managers to recognize and reduce biases. Creating an inclusive culture where diverse employees feel they belong and are valued impacts both the DNA and the employer brand of an organization. 

The Rise of Gig Workers and Moonlighting 

The concept of moonlighting is evolving, particularly in India, where it is not yet widely accepted. While gig workers can provide flexible, short-term solutions, challenges remain in terms of data privacy and commitment. Organizations need to figure out how to motivate and engage gig workers effectively. Gig workers, often specialists in their fields, can offer expertise that complements the existing workforce. 

Hiring for Potential vs. Pedigree 

There is a growing recognition of the need to hire for potential rather than pedigree. Traditional education and qualifications are evolving, and organizations need versatile employees with skills that will be relevant in the future. While pedigree is still valued, the emphasis is shifting towards hiring candidates who demonstrate the potential to grow and adapt. 

Enhancing Job Descriptions and Communication 

Clear and well-defined job descriptions are crucial in attracting the right talent. Focusing on “what’s in it for me” from an employee’s perspective can improve engagement. Micro communication with smaller teams and creating influencers within the organization can help in effectively managing change. 

Change Management and Leadership 

Regular change management training and scenario planning can help organizations stay ahead of the curve. Leadership plays a critical role in communicating cultural change and investing in their people. Leaders should understand the strengths and weaknesses of their team members and provide support to help them succeed. 

Embracing Diversity and Reverse Mentoring 

Culturally and emotionally diverse teams are more adaptable and collaborative. Implementing reverse mentoring, where fresh employees bring new ideas to senior leaders, can foster innovation. Regular stay interviews can help HR understand employee needs and design policies to support them.  

The Gender Gap and Geopolitical Awareness 

Addressing the gender gap, which stands at 27% in India, requires concerted efforts. HR professionals need to be aware of geopolitical trends and their impact on the workforce. Engaging with an age-diverse group requires understanding the unique needs and expectations of different generations. 

Data-Driven Decision Making and Empathetic Leadership 

Relying on data rather than opinions can help in making informed decisions. An empathetic leadership approach can build trust and influence employees positively. Leaders should ensure that diversity is represented across the organization and create career advancement opportunities for all employees. 


The HR Leadership Summit provided valuable insights into the evolving landscape of talent acquisition and management. From employer branding and diversity to the rise of gig workers and the importance of empathetic leadership, the discussions highlighted the need for organizations to adapt and innovate continually. By focusing on these key areas, companies can build a resilient and engaged workforce ready to tackle future challenges.