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Bridging the Generational Gap: VLAN Asia Tribal Monthly's HR Edition

Picture this: a gathering of HR professionals, each with their unique experiences and insights, coming together to navigate the intricate waters of managing a multigenerational workforce. This is exactly what transpired at the VLAN Asia Tribal Monthly HR Edition, where hearts and minds converged to explore innovative ways to empower employees across generations. Let's take a deep dive into the vibrant discussions and heartfelt quotes that emerged from this enlightening event.

Rethinking the Hiring Process

Traditional hiring methods often overlook the essence of what makes a candidate truly shine.

"Resumes only scratch the surface; we need to look deeper to find the real gems."

- Siew-Yong Bong, Managing Director at Ambition

That's where the ABCDS framework—Agility, Boldness, Communication, Discipline, and Business Acumen—comes into play. By focusing on these traits, we can uncover individuals who not only meet the job requirements but also bring a spark of innovation and resilience to the table.

Embracing Generational Diversity 

Generational differences are real, but they don't have to be barriers.

"Underneath it all, we're all looking for the same things—a workplace where we feel valued, challenged, and supported."

- Daniel Liew, Managing Director at Direct Results Asia Pacific Consultancy

It's about understanding that each generation brings its own strengths and perspectives to the table. By embracing this diversity and tailoring our approach to meet the unique needs of each individual, we can create a workplace where everyone feels at home.

Fostering a Culture of Resilience

In today's fast-paced world, resilience is more important than ever.

"Our educational systems often punish failure, but in the real world, it's how we learn and grow."

- Deepa George, Managing Consultant at HR Clinic Services

Creating a culture where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth—not reasons for punishment—is key. It's about providing a safe space where employees feel empowered to take risks, knowing that they have the support they need to bounce back stronger than ever.

Balancing Empathy and Accountability

Finding the right balance between empathy and accountability can be tricky.

"It's about holding people to high standards while also supporting them when they stumble."

- Thila Vijayan, Head of Academic and Learning Experience Designer at 42 Kuala Lumpur

This means setting clear expectations, providing constructive feedback, and knowing when to have those tough conversations. It's about creating a culture where employees feel valued and respected, even when they make mistakes.

As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of HR management, let's remember the lessons learned from VLAN Asia Tribal Monthly's HR Edition. By embracing generational diversity, fostering a culture of resilience, and finding the balance between empathy and accountability, we can create workplaces where everyone thrives. So, let's roll up our sleeves, listen to each other with open hearts, and work together to build a brighter future for all.


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