On 31 May and 1 June, HR Today welcomed around 4,000 HR visionaries, pioneers and other movers and shakers to join in a networking and exchange event at Messe Zürich.

How do we want to work and what will the future of work look like? These are questions that many HR managers grapple with. The answers could be found at HR FESTIVAL europe, Switzerland's largest event for HR professionals. We were also there as exhibitors.

On 15,000 m² in four halls, visitors were greeted by over 200 exhibitors with presentations of new products and services, creative solutions and future HR trends. Inspiration and ideas were also found in the topics of the various keynotes, masterclasses and numerous presentations. The topics included: 

  • Factors for success in sustainable digital HR transformation
  • Future skills & upskilling – the future skills challenge
  • Human connection in hybrid-work environments
  • Moments that matter – the next level of employee engagement
  • HR changes: why flexwork is the future

Alongside internationally prominent keynote speakers such as Jonas Kjellberg, Jean-Claude Biver and Martin Wezowski, a further highlight of the two-day HR FESTIVAL europe was the Swiss HR Awards ceremony with live pitches. All organisations, both large and small, were eligible to participate in the awards. An unusual aspect was that the expert jury allowed the audience to make the final decision. Information about the winners can be found here.

"I view the HR FESTIVAL europe as a place to meet and learn. I'll always remember the many discussions about HR Cosmos and the future of HR. Emotions, along with good ideas, are what move us and motivate us to move forward."

Esmir Davorovic

Community Lead HR Cosmos

Publication 06 | 2022