The HR Shifts in a Post COVID-19 World

The HR Shifts in a Post COVID-19 World

AustCham welcomes all AustCham HR executives to join a breakfast roundtable event on HR Shifts in a Post Covid-19 World. Hosted by the AustCham People Forum, the roundtable will feature senior HR executive, Michelle Auer, Regional Head of Zurich Insurance for Asia Pacific sharing her insights and experience.

Our work patterns and planning have been impacted in multiple ways by the COVID-19 pandemic – especially with the onset of remote work as a new norm. At the same time, phenomena such as the Great Resignation and quiet quitting emerged as employees recalibrated their relationship with the workplace and their employers. The rise of mental health stress and increased need for support in the workplace have also seen a change in how employees assess a company’s value and benefits. Talent is increasingly looking for companies that support their career growth combined with the opportunity for flexible and remote work. Incorporating these new trends into traditional company HR and workforce planning will be one of the biggest HR challenges of our time.

In a roundtable format, Michelle will discuss these issues with a Hong Kong lens in a fascinating discussion for HR practitioners, organisation leaders and managers looking to delve deeper into the opportunities and challenges in taking on the ‘new normal’.

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

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Tue, March 07, 2023


08:30 AM - 09:30 AM



By Zoom - Link will be provided the day prior to the event


Member: $0.00


Michelle Auer
Regional Head HR, Asia Pacific | Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

A senior HR Executive with extensive Australian and international experience across many industry sectors including Financial Services, Professional Services, Telecommunications and Not for Profit. Passionate about aligning the strategic needs of the organisation (productivity and performance) to the aspirations of employees (capability and culture) in order to drive the best outcomes for all stakeholders.

A trusted business coach, advisor and functional Head of HR with strong communication skills and commercial acumen, who has led organisation wide transformation and change initiatives, including restructures, workforce integration and outplacement, due diligence for M&A activity as well as delivering excellent operational service delivery via the HR function.

Achievements include

Led HR functions with up to 24 team members

Coached CEO's and executive teams to enhance effectiveness

Appointed as Director, Superannuation Trustee Board

Established employee engagement initiatives including Community and Wellbeing

Managed M&A activity

Represented the people agenda to the local board and co-ordinated the Board Remuneration Committee