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SHRM India partners with XLRI to Launch an Executive Certificate Program

SHRM India along with XLRI, Jamshedpur launched a first of its kind Integrated Executive Certificate Programme that will provide working professionals a comprehensive understanding of Human Resource Management and will prepare them for HR Leadership roles in the global environment. Based on SHRM Global Competency Model, this programme will also help the participants in their preparation for the global SHRM certification exams – SHRM-CP and SHRM- SCP. Talentedge, an e-education provider is to offer an online platform for this program.

Unique features of this programme:

  • This programme offers an opportunity to the students to achieve two important credentials, a
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Preparing for Mumbai: 3 Trends Shaping HR Tech

Big news to share! Last week, I was invited to present the opening keynote at SHRM India’s HR Technology conference in Mumbai. Not only is this an incredible opportunity to learn more about the state of HR technology in one of the world’s fastest growing markets, it also challenges me to put some stakes in the ground on what I think are the most important trends driving innovation in this corner of the enterprise.

I’ve been thumbing through research I’ve done over the years, and found three that I think are worthy of discussion – in Mumbai,...


Predictive Analytics in Recruitment

HR as a function is evolving rapidly. Usage of technology has become a key enabler for HR. Many companies have also started exploring HR Analytics as the next big lever to improve the performance of the organization. However, the success of such initiatives has been uncertain. Further, the adoption of HR Analytics in the recruitment sub-function of HR is even less evolved. Here is an attempt to understand the challenges and the road that lies ahead of us.
Analytics has three levels of sophistication:
1) Hindsight: Data-collection and reporting
2) Insight: Making sense of the data and developing tangible actionable...


People Analytics - Are we capturing the right metrics?

'Did you capture the right metrics which show the HR value - add?' - is one of the most common questions heard in the HR corridors for long now. Dashboards, data decks and reports generated from information systems are being incorporated in the HR departments’ reports since last decade or so. HR facts like headcount, attrition, productivity, hiring and demographics are some of the popular areas of HR reports. While these forms of analytics did exist in the HR world earlier as well but now it is important to exploit data explosions through advanced analytics so as to provide more...


Leveraging People Analytics for Enterprise's Competitive Advantage

People are one of the key factors in creating competitive edge for enterprises. However, until late HR and CxOs never had opportunities such as data sciences and advanced analytics techniques to work together to radically improve employee productivity and retention. According to Gartner, by 2018, 25% of large organizations will incorporate social employee recognition and rewards into their performance management processes. Exploitation of analytics that measure various aspects of employee activity will be critical in helping organizations improve business results.

HR analytics could transform workforce data into useful business intelligence and predictive power. Also, important people related decisions backed up...


Learning Management Systems and Why They Top My 2015 Predictions

In December of 2014, my list of 2015 predictions was topped by the following statement: "Training management finally has its day." It's now March, and time to clarify something very important about that statement. The software vendors themselves need to move the first chess piece. That realization came to me at a celebration of Holi, the spring festival of colors and love.

First, let's back up. My prediction that Learning Management would finally have its day was based on 3 simple premises:

  1. The way people learn has evolved to the point where it doesn't align with traditional
  2. ...

How to achieve a flawless ‘Say - Do’ ratio?

Kerry Drake on-boarded his United Airlines flight. His mother, who was severely ill, was living her last minutes. He was on the way to see her. Unluckily, his first flight got postponed. Drake broke down. The flight attendants noticed his uncontrollable sobbing and helplessness. Within minutes, the flight's crew responded to this situation by delaying the connecting flight's departure to make sure he got on board and could see his mother. Drake wrote the staff a heartfelt thank-you letter expressing his immense gratitude for a team that was willing to do what it takes to assist him in any way...


How do you Conduct a Diversity Audit and Survey?

HR Audits are becoming the need of the hour. An audit is typically conducted to identify the baseline or evaluate the current situation within the organization with respect to a certain area or sub-process. Hence in case of Diversity, such an audit is important to understand where the organization stands and the distance it needs to cover with respect to its goals in this area.

If one is conducting a comparative survey, then this helps to assess one’s situation against the market practice.

Planning and implementing a diversity audit is an essential process. Since it is in the nascent...


Five Ways HR Can Support Their Employees During the Demonetization Drive

There are a lot of things that have happened around the world in 2016. But for us, in India, Demonetization of INR 500 and INR 1000 currency notes, that was announced on 8th November, 2016, is perhaps the highlight of the year.

Though, demonetization is an effort to curb black money, control tax evasion and corruption, teach the black money hoarders and tax evaders a lesson, it has also affected everyone else including the HR function in some way or the other. For HR, fortunately, demonetization brought with it a set of challenges that present opportunities for improvement at the...


Five Reasons Why Being A Boss Is Tough – Appreciate them some more!

For decades, we've spoken about them behind their backs, made pot shots at their behaviour, their dressing style, cracked jokes about them and ridiculed their way of life. Today our mind cannot but think of this person we deal with [or rather have to deal with] every day. Oh yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about your Boss!

Here are our top five reasons, on why we think, being a boss or a leader is tough work:

1. They have to listen: Here's the thing. On any given day, a boss has to listen to complaints, wish lists,...