Millennial Matters

AmCham’s revived HR Committee meets to find the next generation of talent

By Tellisa Ramadhani
Monday, August 28, 2017

After being dormant for some time, AmCham’s Human Resources Committee, has recently reemerged, hosting a meeting on the theme “Winning the War for Talent: Insights and Sharing,” on August 9. The meeting also welcomed new committee co-chair Vera Adjas.

The theme was the result of survey recently conducted among our members on the challenges faced by companies, including millennials whose culture and way of thinking is rather different from the baby boomers. The 2017 salary guide was also part of the survey.

The session was opened by Effendi Ibnoe, a seasoned senior HR professional with experience working with such companies as Standard Chartered Bank and GE, on how to retain key talent from the millennial generation. With more and more millennials joining the workforce, adaptations need to be made.

Effendi delivered several pieces of advice on how to deal with millennials. It is more common now for companies to have fewer people, but pay those employees really well, so companies need to respect their employees’ vacation times as a wind-down period for the brain; employees should be compensated with career growth opportunities and continuing development of human resources; and that millennials love a sense of accomplishment so they need to understand why they do the job, not just what the job is, to contribute to the bigger vision of the company.

The meeting continued with a presentation from Vera Adjas on this year’s salary guide prepared by Kelly Services. Annually, Kelly Services releases a comprehensive salary guide covering almost all business sectors and positions, and for this year, the hot industries are infrastructure, automotive, manufacture, e-commerce, and logistics and warehouses. The challenges that look prominent in 2017 are market uncertainty, the competitive environment, digitalization, executives and leaders struggling with leadership gaps at all levels, and the shortage of key skills and talent.

One participant raised the subject of the telecommuting trend that is spreading around the world as technology keeps advancing. Telecommuting, or remote work, has seen a significant increase as millennials like to travel while working. These millennials are slowly shifting the way people work, from conventional paths to greater flexibility. One participant asked whether Indonesia would soon see these trends. Vera replied that this is an opportunity that might happen, but for the time being, greater flexibility faces challenges of infrastructure and accountability.

The meeting generated a very interesting discussion on the working environment in various companies, and the committee is committed to hosting more frequent meetings as it welcomes more AmCham members.

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