Great Eastern Holdings' MD for group human capital on dealing with a different workforce and tech changes

Mr James Lee, managing director for group human capital at insurer Great Eastern, says the young are gravitating away from larger firms because of their working preferences. "There is a focus on start-ups and the young people are going there. They li
Mr James Lee, managing director for group human capital at insurer Great Eastern, says the young are gravitating away from larger firms because of their working preferences. "There is a focus on start-ups and the young people are going there. They like young companies that are nimble and fast with a creative flair," he says.ST PHOTO: SAHIBA CHAWDHARY

No one can miss the revolution that has shaken up workplaces over the past decade, not just in the way technology has replaced manual jobs, but also the attitude among youngsters who shun safe posts with big firms to job-hop and try new things.

This shake-up has forced companies to be agile in adapting to new trends so they can fully make use of their staff, says Mr James Lee, managing director for group human capital at insurer Great Eastern Holdings. He oversees the leadership and talent development of about 4,000 employees in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 07, 2019, with the headline 'Dealing with a different workforce and tech changes'. Subscribe