SHRM South Asia Blog

POSH & DEI: Allies in Building a Better Workplace

If you were to perform a quick Google search, you'd notice a notable absence of articles or research addressing the connection between POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) in the workplace. This apparent lack of content suggests that these topics are unrelated or too remote from one another.

In reality, they are intricately intertwined. Both play pivotal roles in the creation of a more favourable workplace environment.

If an organization's investment in POSH has not yielded the desired outcomes, it's an opportune moment to reevaluate their DEI journey. Perhaps...


The Role of Emotional Intelligence in HR Leadership

The Role of Emotional Intelligence in HR Leadership

Emotional intelligence is all about harnessing HR professionals’ emotional awareness to understand employees’ demands and concerns, make decisions, and develop interpersonal relationships. It requires self-awareness, empathy, and the ability to navigate social complexities. HR professionals need emotional intelligence to handle diverse employees in an organization daily. It helps them understand different opinions and influence the workplace culture productively.

Optimizing HR Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

HR professionals interact with individuals during and after recruitment using emotional intelligence. Hiring a suitable candidate does not require using...


When HR meets AI

In recent months, the media has been full of negative predictions about the impact of AI on jobs and the workplace. As this report highlights, however, the future is likely to be considerably brighter than these doom-mongers predict, with AI accelerating positive organizational transformation.

HR practitioners will play a pivotal role in supporting and enabling this impending technological revolution, and by having a realistic understanding of AI's capabilities we can better use it as a tool to improve our workplaces, business processes – and the lives of our employees.

“If HR professionals and leaders...


Payroll Outsourcing as a Strategic Lever: A Comprehensive and Data-Driven Insight

In the vibrant and ever-evolving Indian economy, businesses are relentlessly seeking avenues to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and foster innovation. Amidst this pursuit of excellence, payroll outsourcing has emerged as a strategic lever, unlocking manifold benefits. Delving into the robust, quantifiable advantages, here is an empowered perspective without relying on specific industry names.

A Strategic Cost Revolution

Payroll management, often relegated to a mere functional role, holds a transformational potential. Studies have revealed that Indian businesses can harness a cost reduction of up to 50% through payroll outsourcing (1). Imagine an annual saving...


Confidant First, Ally Later: LGBTQ+ and Disclosures

While the world celebrates PRIDE month, we still have a long way to go before we see the light on the other side of the tunnel. We still live in a place where revealing one's sexual orientation is the most challenging decision. No surveys have so far determined the number of LGBTQ+ scientists in India. In an empirical investigation in 2021, 47 people surveyed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in India from the LGBTQ+ community revealed that 38% had experienced mental health issues. Sexual and gender minority students find STEM less welcoming. There has been a...


WiNGS To Soar High In Employee Well-Being


Imagine, waking up to this beautiful note sent by your manager and applauding your efforts in a public online forum visible to 50k+ employees of your organization. This post will not only create a smile on your face but also increase your productivity. In layman’s language, this is what employee well-being refers to.

What is “Total Well-being”? It includes duties, work expectations, the level of stress, and the environment, which affects the overall happiness and health of employees. Employee wellbeing does...


Employee Wellbeing: A Holistic Approach

There is a lot of anxiety surrounding us. Everyone is striving daily to be better in their game. More so, the stress of the unknown or the unpredictable makes people anxious. Every time you sit down to relax, there is an underlying, unnerving feeling of someone stepping up their game, which might give them an edge over you. To a certain extent, this is a welcome stress as it keeps you attentive and alert at all times. It incites you to keep honing your skills. But it has a huge detrimental impact when it overpowers the better in...


Is a Malicious Complaint, Truly Malicious?

Sexual Harassment affects all women in some form or the other. Lewd remarks, indecent touch, wolf whistles, and inappropriate stares are so commonplace in every woman’s life that it is almost dismissed as normal. Working women are no exception to this.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread. According to a study conducted by Statista, it is estimated that 25%–85% of women have experienced some sort of harassment at work.

To abate the issues of Sexual Harassment, the POSH (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act was established by the Supreme Court in 2013. While the Act...


Simplifying Hyper Personalised Employee EX

Over the years, Employee eXperience has become a critical component of any successful organization, and companies usually focus on creating a positive experience for potential employees, from the job posting to the final offer. Now that's easier said than done.

Employers need to make sure that the job descriptions are crisp and clear and targeted to potential job seekers persona, the job requirements are well-defined, and the interview process is fair and engaging.

However, in today's world, EX has taken up a new avatar, and the term hyper-personalized experience as a buzzword has gained immense...


After All Things Quiet, Time to Laud the Loud?

As a true-blue proponent of limitless human capability and a ChatGPT sceptic, I posed this trick question at my teenaged son’s behest: ‘What is Quiet Quitting?’ and the answer I saw being unraveled on my browser screen had me chuckling to myself in vindication – ‘Quiet quitting refers to the act of resigning from a job or position without making a formal announcement or announcement to colleagues or superiors’. This is how an HR ops person would describe an employee who is absconding or on extended Leave Without Permission, in other words. And this is what the famed...