Go wider, go farther, go stronger HR!

COVID-19 has spared no industry, and more so in the spotlight is biopharmaceutical company, AbbVie. Its expertise in clinical studies and early discovery research is now more crucial than ever in addressing the ongoing public health crisis. The organisation is working extensively with authorities, industry, and academia to bring its expertise forward on all fronts to identify potential treatments.

But while the current scenario demands its own set of business drivers, the story we’re bringing to you in our latest e-mag dates back a little further, and then guides you to the present.

The years 2017-2018 saw AbbVie enter a new era of growth – with its strong pipeline of critical products, as well as new launches. And with a new era, came new opportunities for the leadership team to drive the workforce forward – with HR taking the lead.

Enter the ‘Go Wider. Go Farther’, a talent acceleration campaign, launched with an aim to articulate a new accelerated growth mindset among both AbbVie’s leaders and employees. “It inspired and equipped our people to look beyond their current roles, explore different pathways, and actively prepare themselves for role mobility and job agility,” shares Agnieszka Romanczuk, Head of Human Resources JAPAC, AbbVie, in this issue’s Q&A.

Fast forward to 2020, and the campaign has seen various projects unveiled under its umbrella, with one of its biggest being Culture Week - an initiative that brings together the AbbVie’s over 47,000 employees globally in an annual celebration of culture.  The company also recently completed the acquisition of Allergan in May, in the midst of the global lockdowns, when the absence of in-person interactions added a new challenge.

What was the journey like? In this exclusive interview, Priya Sunil hears about it all – from the acquisition, to Culture Week, and what’s in store for AbbVie employees moving forward. Click here to dive into this cover story.

This edition of the e-mag also sees the return of CHRO 4.0, where we tap into the mindspace of seven HR leaders across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and India. You can look forward to a wide range of inputs leading you into the future of HR.

Lisa Tay, Head of HR, Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific affirms that employees need to be supported holistically – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – to emerge stronger from the pandemic. Meanwhile, Priyanka Anand, VP and Head of HR for SEA, Oceania and India, Ericsson, talks about how organisations are redrawing their compensation and rewards concepts around the new definition of employee experience.

Bookmark the CHRO 4.0 catalogue to read the full interviews from now until November 2020, or check out our e-mag to catch the excerpts.

Another opportunity to benefit from a future-facing perspective comes to you in the form of Jerene Ang's interviews with five HR leaders. She finds out how total rewards can be tweaked to support and motivate staff through this tough period, and what C&B will look like as we emerge into a new normal.

The first of those interviews is online, featuring Dell's Samprita Majumder, or check out our e-mag to catch all five in the series.

Enjoy the issue.


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