What Happened at disruptHR Colombo – June Edition?


On 13th June (last Thursday) disruptHR Colombo June Edition kicked off with the participation of recruiters and HR managers. Here is quick recap on what was discussed,

If you want to know a recap of our March Edition Click HERE.

What is disruptHR?

Main goal of the event is to inform and empower HR specialists.

The global HR sector is exploding. Dramatic changes, driven by cutting edge technology and innovation are transforming the way HR works and recruitment happens.

The Sri Lankan recruitment and people management market is also changing and there is a lot to learn from international experiences. disruptHR featured speakers to share their experiences and answer questions, and provide an opportunity to network and build a sophisticated community of HR professionals in Sri Lanka.

What was the topic for this month?

This month’s edition was on Digital Transformation; is it a must for future of work?

What role does HR play in this digital transformation? A big one.

Digital transformation is going to drive and be driven by workers and will impact how companies recruit, engage and train people. The panel discussion was focused on how HR can lead the way.

Who were the speakers?

Ruwindhu Peiris

Managing Director


Prior to joining Stax, Ruwindhu was Vice President and the Head of Operations for Virtusa Corporation, a global information technology (IT) services company providing IT consulting, technology and outsourcing services. In this role he was accountable for strategy execution via business planning, resource management, and overall operations optimization.

During his ten years at Virtusa, Ruwindhu successfully implemented multiple complex solutions for Global 500 companies in the banking, financial services, insurance, and telecom industries, transforming their data and information into business-critical dashboards and decision tools.


Harini Indiketiya

Learning & Organization Development Manager

Fonterra Brands Lanka

Harini is a HR Professional who specializes in Learning & Development and Organization Development and is currently functioning as the Learning & Organizational Development Manager at Fonterra Brands Lanka where she drives the Learning & Capability, Organizational Development and Employee Engagement strategy for the organization.

Previously, she was attached to Ceylon Tobacco Company, in the capacity of Learning & Development, Talent Sourcing &Management and HR Business Partnering. She is also passionate about Organizational transformation, skills development in Early Career Recruits and has been instrumental in creating signature leadership development platforms both at Fonterra and at CTC.

So, how did the event go & what was discussed?

The event kicked off with registrations and friendly chats on Thursday night.


The event was moderated by Imthiyaaz, CEO of SIXER VIDEO who stressed that HR managers and recruiters need to communicate and share knowledge to strengthen the HR Eco-system. With that note, speakers were introduced and panel discussions started. First off,



The panel questions started with an introduction to the current landscape of digitization both locally and internationally. The first question was for Ruwindhu from Stax.



What kind of HR transformations should we consider? That journey includes shifting HR processes to the cloud. Every company housed its HR data onsite rather than virtually. So how do we chose what’s important first?

The first and most important step is to ask why do we want or need to digitalize. Every company should ask that before even considering of moving to the cloud or transferring data digitally.

The buzzwords among companies these days are ‘ERP’ every CEO is like let’s move to an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) but does the majority know how exactly it would help the company? No. So it’s important have a motive for going digital.

Employees want to live the life at work that they live at home, this means they want an Amazon- and Google-like experience with the technology they use for work. What’s your take on that?

From my experience the best example is to be flexible with our working schedule. Many companies are moving into the flexible work hours (Suresh Muttiah mentioned in our last edition) and we have seen the effectiveness after implementing this as well.

At Fonterra we follow the flexible work hours which helped many to limit their time of travel and spend more time with their families.

How important is data in this digital transformation of recruiting and retaining people?

It’s vital if you are looking at automation or digitalization. From my experience it’s the startups who need to be digitalize from day one this is because they need to run lean and effectively. Established or larger companies should consider what to digitalize first and ask why.

This is where data will help you. Understand where more resources are moving in and how cost can be reduced. This is why I love pivot tables its takes large amount of data and gives you the unique values that are vital for making decisions.

What’s the role of digitalization and technology when it comes to the making of an efficient and effective workforce?

Very important. We need to have the correct tools to do so. Which we saw in our Fast Track Internship Program we used SIXER VIDEO to screen applicants which helped us to understand how digitally savvy candidates were.

This even helped us to reduce the man hours spent by us to screen candidates which in return was efficient for us as a team. Also we should get away from classical learning to e-learning platforms (next disruptHR will be based on this topic)

Local companies have a habit of dedicating staff even for automated processes? How to get away from that comfort zone?

It’s been a long road to get Sri Lankan’s get away from their comfort zone. But we should focus on stopping this on the long run. If people are employed even for an automated process, the younger generation should not be hired or apply for such jobs and predict that such types of jobs will be irrelevant in the future.

With your experience we understand that HR people are reluctant to move from a traditional background to a modernized digital approach. How can we train people to make the right move?

Again coming back to the point of e-learning it should be easy for both users involved. We can have hours and hours’ worth of workshops but if it’s not appealing or user friendly for the learner we are missing the reason why we started.

Foster the younger crowd let them accept tougher tasks and learn this will encourage many to change their perspective.

Final Thoughts

Ruwindhu concluded by saying companies should find their why and understand the data. Start simply and grow by time to digitalize.

Harini concluded by saying adopt the new way by keeping in mid how the old way was effective too but just needs an upgrade.

After a keynote from SIXER VIDEO the event concluded. Followed by networking session among speakers and attendees.



Fourth edition of disruptHR Colombo will be take place in August 2019.

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