Erica Leclercq (Head of Operations, Farvest Group), acted as moderator, and officially launched the event by welcoming Anastasia Petelina (Senior Account Manager, Korn Ferry) and Ralph Leyssens (Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry) on stage. The experts focused on "the new deal for the future of work". Anastasia Petelina first explained that there are a lot of discrepancies between what companies think and what employees expect. She then shared a couple of examples: a focus on growth and profit vs. flexibility, performance vs. long-life learning, competitively vs. internal equity, etc. The Senior Account Manager also presented the results of the Korn Ferry Salary Survey: companies are focusing on retaining top executive roles, the merit budget allocated in Luxembourg is close to 1% and there are not a lot of salary increases in the Pan European zone. She added: "we need to redefine the way we motivate people. These transformations are forcing us to rethink the way we are as HRs".
Her colleague Ralph Leyssens also highlighted the fact that the world is changing. He asked: "what's the future nature of work? What does it mean?". The experts then shared the findings of the latest Korn Ferry survey, which aims at guiding strategy in this new work environment. "First, we need to redefine the nature of work, from definition and structure to execution. Each function actually becomes a unique employee experience. It is also necessary to track new talent shortage and focus on evolving work relationships. Companies need to rethink reward and enable organizational change. Moreover, they should involve their employees in strategy and design decisions. And finally, it's all about enhancing the employee experience, by treating collaborators like customers.". According to him, the role of HR has changed and is now clearly about providing employees with new and unique experiences. "It's not purely generational, it's actually a new way of addressing work, a new mindset," he concluded.