Guest Blogger

With this year’s Employee Engagement Summit just a few weeks away, we’ve decided to sit down with some of our world class industry speakers for a “Speaker in the Spotlight” interview to hear more about their role, responsibilities and what they are most looking forward to about the event. Today we are joined by Hamira Riaz, VP Strategic Leadership at Volvo Group…

1. Can you provide us with an insight into a ‘day in the life’ of your role?

No day is the same as the one before. At the beginning of any week, you have no idea how the week will end.  I would describe it as a fast-shifting menu of time sensitive deliverables (e.g, assessments, team development, coaching), systems influencing and alignment (e.g. talent management, diversity and inclusion initiatives) and strategic transformational thinking (e.g. a fresh language to talk about potential, building a new engineering career path)

2. How has Covid affected your workplace and your workforce?

It has pushed us to accelerate our adaptation to future trends. By shaking the foundations of the world as we know it, Covid has forced us to focus on what is most important. It has required us to re-define why we work and how we work. Our thinking about issues like flexible working, resilient leadership and team engagement in a digital world, is of a much higher quality as a result of Covid.

3. What do you think the future will look like for employee engagement and the workforce?

The psychological contract between employer and employee will become even more important in the future. Organisations won’t be able to get away with saying their people are their most important asset, they will have to back it up with real action. The companies that genuinely care about their people will be the ultimate winners, the companies that only pay lip service to employee potential and wellbeing will lose out.

4. We’re very excited about hearing your case study! Any chance we can get a sneak peek about what you will be specifically focusing on?

My first 12 months at Volvo group have been surreal because I joined the company in the middle of a global pandemic when London was in lockdown. It wasn’t a normal onboarding and transition period. As a clinical psychologist, I felt that I could add value quickly by sharing what I have learnt all these years about mental health, psychological wellbeing and resilience. The question was how to do this in a way that was palatable and digestible to employees who were already feeling overwhelmed. I will be focussing on the 3-phase approach to developing micro-learnings that we started using last year.

5. What are you most looking forward to about the event?

Developing ideas in isolation is no fun, it is only when you test your thinking externally, that it gets exciting. Opening up the workings of your brain to the scrutiny of your peers is never disappointing. I look forward to hearing what people think of what we have been doing in Volvo group at the same time as picking up great ideas that we can steal with pride.

You can watch Hamira present her exclusive study on “Bringing the Wellbeing conversation into the Workplace” on the 13th May at 10:45am. Book your FREE Live Stream ticket to the Employee Engagement Summit here!

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