SHRM South Asia Blog

What Women Want in the Workplace in 2021

If research is anything to go by, a diverse and inclusive workplace can be a force reckoner for the company’s bottom line. Whilst companies sit on the edge of their seats to make their work places more diverse, women climbing the corporate ladder continue to face pain points in their quest for upward mobility.

The infamy of the glass ceiling is dwindling in many places. Yet women routinely face challenges at entry-level and mid-level management positions.


The onslaught of COVID-19 has changed the...


Reinventing Employee Engagement Practices in 2021

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive but those who can best handle and manage change” – Charles Darwin

As the newer variants of the COVID-19 virus continues to wreak havoc in different parts of the world, Darwin’s words are echoing in business corridors. Amidst the doom and gloom, people management has taken center stage.

Employee engagement is perhaps a very subjective and abstract philosophy and has a lot to do with how companies and organizations relate to their employees on an emotional level. It can also be defined...


Performance Appraisal Undergoes a Transformation During Covid-19

The last one year has seen a radical shift in the way appraisal processes are being conducted across organizations. HR professionals are working hard to balance out the constant struggle between employee expectations and setbacks that are being faced with the onslaught of COVID-19.

Despite teetering bottom lines, companies are making an all-out effort to ensure that yearly performance appraisals are being conducted so as to distinguish between average and high-performing employees. The pandemic has bought to the fore major changes some of which are being implemented as below:

  1. Virtual Appraisals- With lockdowns being
  2. ...

More Digital, More Human - Aligning the Workforce in the New Normal

In the prevailing pandemic, business leaders have decided to launch fresh initiatives for a digitally savvy enterprise in order to keep businesses running smoothly and efficiently. However driving change comes with a plethora of challenges especially for employees who have to adapt. Thus it is imperative that transformation occurs without losing the human touch.

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and businesses find themselves having to resort to urgent business continuity plans. Overnight, employees reverted to work from home, keeping their own safety in mind.

Despite the ensuing turmoil, companies are setting a new...


The Great Resignation

Have you heard about The Great Resignation? Almost 41% of the workforce is looking to quit, has quit and wondering if they accepted the new job too quickly. If anyone says it is a "Black Swan" event, tell them they are wrong.

You could say the pandemic caught the business world unprepared like deer in the headlight. The Great Resignation is also telling us how unprepared the employers are. Maybe this is the time...


Decode Organization Culture

Culture is about the unspoken rules that tells someone new how to behave. Anthropologists immerse themselves in different cultures and make sense of the societal culture. This can make the strange or exotic seem familiar and make us what question why we do what we do. Some of their tools can be very powerful to decode the culture of organizations.

Ask the why behind the "classification"

A senior leader at Adidas asked...


What I learnt about being a Freelancer

India’s gig economy is set to triple over the next 3-4 years to 24 million jobs in the non-firm sector from the existing 8 million. Gig workers deliver on-demand work with little to no formal contracting. Here are things I learned over the last five years of freelancing.

The alternative workforce, on-demand workforce, gig workers, freelancers, independent workers, moonlighters, side-hustlers, liquid workforce... there are many shades of the workforce that is growing fast. Freelancers also do on-demand work but have no platform or agency to market...


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Beyond Branding: Why Organizations Need it?

The demand for transparency and social relevance has only intensified following the introduction of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programmes in organizations worldwide. According to a Survey at SHRM, staff exclusively dedicated to diversity in organizations rose from 13% to 15% in the past 10 years.[1]

With universally comprehended definitions, many still lack clarity on the difference between the terms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Diversity refers to representation of different groups including gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and culture, physical ability, etc. Equity on the other hand...


Lying Is A Superpower - Use It Sparingly

Lying is socially undesirable. Yet, it is a superpower that people routinely use to tempt fate, defy death and achieve the impossible.

Parents HAVE to lie

When my kid wanted my opinion about the piece she had played on the violin, I was faced with a moral dilemma. I had four choices to pick from in increasing order of truthfulness. I...


Build Your Superpower This Father's Day

Every father wants to be the perfect father. To achieve that you need to unleash your biggest superpower as a dad.

Be careful what you wish for

My father had it easy. He taught English for a year at Delhi University after doing his Masters in English. Then he joined the Indian Railways and retired from there. We lived in small towns and big towns. It was a world with very few choices. There were never more than two or...