SHRM South Asia Blog

Unconscious Bias at the Workplace

Biases are an integral part of human nature. At the workplace, human biases can become toxic or lead to discrimination, creating a stifle environment and impact productivity and profitability.

Biases work at two levels- conscious (those that we are aware of and can work towards overcoming) and unconscious ( those that are a part of our subconscious and surface from time to time). The latter often goes unnoticed and unchecked to the person displaying such biased behaviour.

Types of Unconscious Biases-

Unconscious bias might seem like a small element in the overall...

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HR as the Revenue Contributor in the Age of Technology

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate today. This has led to a drastic evolution within organizations and their various functions. More companies are now expecting human resources function to contribute to revenue and profitability. A study at the University of Michigan concluded that while only 20% of the organizations are using their HR functions as active business solutions partners, nearly 60% organizations are starting to expect more out of HR by encouraging their partnership with core functions to improve business productivity. While this will indirectly contribute to the revenue, HR can also directly impact revenue by...

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Leadership Development - Strategy or Incentive

I recently attended a breakfast round table conference of HR leaders organized by SHRM on the topic of ‘How investment in HR technology could impact the organization bottom line’. As interesting as the topic was, the discussion was equally engaging. The session was nicely moderated through a series of questions that kept the ideas flowing. One question in particular stuck a chord with most, the kind of mixed views it generated prompted me to write this post. The question was about ‘How does spend on people initiatives & technology get approved in each company - does it need a business case or are HR leaders able to decide without ROI considerations?’

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Freedom in the Workplace (A balance of Autonomy and Accountability)

India celebrated its Independence Day a few days ago. The joy of being an independent nation also brings a high degree of responsibility and accountability with it. When we superimpose the same thought process on organizations, most individuals wonder if the guidelines remain the same.  Employees have a view on what freedom at the workplace means for them and so do organizations. But are the two perspectives aligned?  Do they speak to each other and operate together?

That is the question we want to be able to answer today.

Let us try and understand...

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Organizational design for excellence in Strategy execution

Is your organization showing a lack of flexibility in meeting external market demands?

Is your organization experiencing a lack of internal collaboration among various teams?

Is your organization witnessing a slow informational flow and poor quality decision - making?

Despite having a well – articulated Strategy, if your organization is exhibiting one or more of above characteristics, it could be due to poor Organizational design. If not addressed swiftly, it will hamper your Strategy execution and will ruin the financial performance of the organization.

In simple words, Strategy execution refers...

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In Conversation with Marshall Goldsmith & Sally Helgesen

The desire to be sure at all the times that everyone thinks you are wonderful person who is fulfilling their expectations and needs. There are an extraordinary number of women who are at the top of their career but suffer from this disease to please. In this insightful interview Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith talk to Achal Khanna, CEO – SHRM India & Business Head – MENA & APAC about how women should not let themselves be manipulated by other people’s expectations that does not necessarily reflect what they want to do, along with other behaviour patterns that inhibit women...

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L&D: You have been branded!

Summary: L&D departments worldwide are realizing the importance of creating a brand for themselves. Branding helps bring in consistency in all L&D initiatives, ‘pull’ employees towards training programs and ultimately achieve business goals.

Every time you drink a cup of coffee, wear a pair of sneakers or grab a burger from your favourite brands, you contribute in some way to reaffirm the importance of branding. A brand is what sets companies apart from competitors, helps them create their own footprint and provides the right direction to their workforce.

Branding has spread its influence...

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8 Reasons Your Training Strategy Needs A Mobile (LMS) App Now!

Mobiles have changed our very existence. A statement that might sound absurd to the Gen Yers and Gen Zers, more so for the latter, but for the Gen Xers, who have witnessed the resplendent growth of mobile technology from the very beginning, it is a reality they have lived through. Mobiles that were once devices for convenience are now cornerstones for utility, communication, shopping, and, in general, thriving today! Acting as efficient personal assistants, capable of handling complex calculations, communication, analysis, and beyond, mobile devices now facilitate almost every activity, easily substituting desktops and anything else that may...

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Technology, Millennials and Gig Economy: Will it make HR Obsolete?

The technology boom in the last 20 years has seen a drastic change in the way we lead our lives and work. However, the coming years promise a technology induced disruption like none other. The current buzzwords of AI, VR, Blockchain and gig economy are pushing businesses to take cognizance of technology and its effect on their future.

The recently concluded series of SHRM India forums in Bengaluru and Delhi threw spotlight on the transforming landscape of economy and technology. The event saw highly interactive discussions on the current and future trends in technology, the presence...

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What’s IoT got to do with HR and People?

As technology makes inroads into the lives of employees more than ever, terms like Internet of Things (IoT), big data and the likes of it have become ubiquitous. The Internet of Things or as it is colloquially called – IoT, is a web of smart devices and sensors connected through the internet and connecting people, their devices and a plethora of information along with it. IoT is still in its nascent stages as we get used to wearable technology like watches that do more than just telling time or smart security systems that use air quality, humidity,...

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