SHRM South Asia Blog

Inclusion before Diversity

In the last two years of COVID and work from home, I got to socialize with several people who were not a part of my daily life earlier. Some of them, though very different from the crowd, influenced me big time. I realized that every type of personality is unique and is necessary to make any culture complete and meaningful. I also realized that clubbing the distinct strengths of different personalities can result in a superb and more enabled society.

As life is getting back to normal now, I took this thought of embracing diversity a...

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Degree inflation: Is it unfair

If someone more qualified gets hired to do a job, is it fair to the candidates who meet the requirement? If the more qualified candidate gets rejected, is it unfair?

The Police department employs messenger’s job to deliver packages between different departments. The job requires the candidate to have cleared Class V to ensure basic literacy. The candidate needed to declare that they know how to ride a bicycle. After a gap of 12 years, when the UP Police advertised for 62 such vacancies, what happened after that surprised everyone. More than 50,000...

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Fake It Till You Make It

Theranos was supposed to be the next Apple. Elizabeth Holmes had already decided that she was the next Steve Jobs. She wore black turtlenecks and jeans and practiced looking at people for long stretches without blinking. She lowered her voice to a low deliberate tone because she was told that is how charismatic people speak. She was on a fake-it-till-you-make-it path. The only problem was that her company, Theranos, was also following the same philosophy. And yes, she repeatedly used that phrase which is...

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Can you be happy in a job you hate?

Here’s wishing you a very happy 2022. If you are already in a job that you love, you are already happy. A lot of people are not in jobs that they enjoy doing. What can they do to be happy?

  1. Do what you love: People say that we should do the work that leverages our strengths. We have both – strengths and weaknesses. What do we do about our weaknesses? Some organizations craft the job descriptions to design jobs that leverage the strengths of the employee. Job design is a special skill that HR needs
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2022 - The Year of No Code HR

There is a sharp acceleration in digital transformation of the businesses triggered by the pandemic. While most people are seeing visible signs of the transformation, the changes in HR are equally prominent.

  1. One size does not fit all: In a hybrid workplace, some teams will be in a common location to work. Some others will be fully remote. Some leaders believe that being in the office is necessary to create a culture that works as a binding force. Others disagree. HR must design the new workplace in every sense.
  2. The workers have become more autonomous:
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Paradigm Shift in Learning, Performance and Experience Management for Employees and Agents Alike

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) partnered with SAP Success Factors to conduct a webinar on Paradigm shift in learning, performance and experience management for employees and agents alike. The webinar took place on the 28TH of July 2021

The webinar witnessed enthusiastic participation from a keen and very astute panel gracing the occasion with their esteemed presence. We had the following speakers with us:

  • Mr Atul Mathur – Executive Vice President, Aditya Birla Capital
  • Mrs Seema Singh – CHRO & CFO, India Post Payments Bank
  • Mr Praveen Menon – Chief People
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Agility and Flexibility - the New Buzzwords of Learning and Development

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) partnered with SAP Success Factors to conduct ALPHA Round Table for PSUs on Accelerating learning in the new world of work on 8th July from 3 PM – 4:30 PM IST

The round-table panel discussion witnessed enthusiastic participation with HR heads from large PSUs gracing the occasion with their esteemed presence. We had the following speakers with us:

  • A.K Kalra, Director HR, EIL
  • Ms Usha Singh, Director HR MOIL Ltd
  • Dr Kamakshi Raman, ED SAIL Management Training Institute (MTI)
  • Ms Urvija Bajpai, ED and Head IIPM
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Role of CHRO's in Building Future Workplaces in Pharma Industry

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) partnered with SAP Success Factors to conduct a webinar on Role of CHROs in building future workplaces in the pharma industry. The session was conducted on 30th July from 3 PM - 4 PM IST

The webinar witnessed enthusiastic participation from a keen and very astute audience gracing the occasion with their esteemed presence. We had the following speakers with us:

  • Mr Ajay Bhatt, Global Human Resources, Intas Pharmaceuticals
  • Ms Deep Kaur, Moderator for SAP

The session was moderated by Nitya Kumar - Talent Diagnostics and...

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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.

DEMANDS BY WOMEN IN THE WORK PLACE OF 2021

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

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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...

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