Imagine the kind of issues CHROs are facing in this new world of work (not to forget, a very tricky year). In this feature, for the first time ever, Aditi Sharma Kalra takes a sector-specific approach to tackling the talent challenges of 2020, and beyond, through interviews with nine leaders across sectors and regional remits.

Ideation. Brainstorming. Cross-pollination. Best practice sharing. There’s no dearth of industry jargon for the idea behind bringing people of varying backgrounds together to collaborate, so that they are exposed to different ideas and new ways of thinking.

This feature, which has inspired a new ongoing column on Human Resources Online, attempts to do just that.

For the first time ever, we take a sector-specific approach to tackling the talent challenges of 2020 and beyond. We’ve spoken to HR and business leaders across several key industries in Asia to quiz them on the challenges typical to their industries, and the best practices they’re putting into place to claim victory in the talent games. The end result? Cross-pollination of best practices across sectors.

So what works for the FMCG or retail sector might be an interesting idea for the manufacturing sector, albeit customised to suit their particular requirements! Click through to read the individual interviews below:

E-commerce logistics needs talent with holistic industry knowledge, or risk being displaced
Industry insider: Andrew Sim, CEO, J&T Express Singapore
Sector spotlight: E-commerce logistics
Based in: Singapore

Full interview here


Why Malaysia's property development sector needs to rise above its tried-and-tested talent strategy
Industry insider: Kenneth Z Tan, HR leader, with expertise in Malaysia’s property development sector
Sector spotlight: Property development
Based in: Malaysia

Full interview here


How transportation & logistics sector builds talent pools by collaborating with local universities
Industry insider: Gregory Pantow, Head of Human Resources, DHL Global Forwarding Indonesia
Sector spotlight: Transportation & logistics
Based in: Indonesia

Full interview here


Improving the remote worker's experience critical for start-ups to compete with big brands
Industry insider: Sai Ranganathan, Co-Founder and CEO, SensorFlow
Sector spotlight: Industrial/Enterprise IoT
Based in: Singapore

Full interview here


Data professionals are unicorns – so where do we find them?
Industry insiders: Sharala Axryd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Center of Applied Data Science | Roslinda Abu Bakar, Head of Human Capital and Talent (Principal Lead), The Center of Applied Data Science
Sector spotlight: Information technology and services
Based in: Malaysia

Full interview here


Strong demand for agile learners who can not only perform but also lead
Industry Insider: Maria Zhang, Senior Director, Human Resources, Juniper Networks Asia Pacific
Sector spotlight: Computer networking
Based in: Singapore

Full interview here


Leaders, do away with the 'master keeps some in the bag' mentality
Hong Zhuang Lim, CEO, ShuttleOne
Sector spotlight: Financial services
Based in: Singapore

Full interview here


Business leaders play a significant part in coaching and training employees
Industry Insider: Sylvia Koh, Chief People Officer, CrimsonLogic
Sector spotlight: Information technology & services
Based in: Singapore

Full interview here


These interviews were published exclusively in the Mar-Apr 2020 issue of Human Resources (Singapore), as well as the Jan-Mar Q1 issue of Human Resources (Malaysia). Read the latest editions of our e-mag here.