SHRM South Asia Blog

(Wo)Men in Tech: The gender bender

Summary: The stats pointing to women in the field of technology are not too optimistic today. From girls taking keen interest in tech as young kids to turning away from it at an older age, there are several reasons why there is a stark gender gap in the sector. It’s time we all joined hands to fix this and let our women shine.

In 2012, when Yahoo appointed Marissa Mayer as its Chief Executive, her appointment generated huge headlines. Much more than a man's would have! Mayer has parted ways with Yahoo but even then some...


Generalist versus Specialist - The better route to take

There are several Human Resource graduates entering the market and workplace each day. They are exploring the variety of roles that companies are offering and defining their career paths. In the midst of this kind of growth, many or almost all of them will often wonder about the right route to choose. Does the HR generalist reach the top position of the Chief Human Resources Officer or the HR specialist? Who do the business leaders value more? Who does the market perceive as a thought leader? These are the questions that figure at the top of their minds....


Like Matador on The Horns of Bull

[This article was written for National HRD Network’s magazine – its special number. I had originally submitted the blog ‘A Precipice in Front, Wolves Behind’. It was in the form of a dialogue with Lulu, my parrot. The editorial board wanted a staid article in keeping with the style of serious reading. So I wrote this, and the readers will find the cases discussed in this and the Lulu one same. But this blog (or call it article) has more (and different) discussion on the issues. Do tell...


Negotiations in Employee Relations

Negotiations are not easy exercises in employee relations. There are very few good negotiators, and even fewer persons enjoy negotiations. Perhaps I should issue a correction: fewer men enjoy negotiations. Women are not only better than men, that is my experience and conclusion, but women also seem to enjoy negotiations!

As a school boy, I had watched a negotiation with interest, and amusement. A man who came to my cousin’s home carried a bundle of sarees. He was carrying sarees procured from Kolkata. Fifty years ago, Bengali sarees were not easily available in Mumbai. The salesman, in his...


The Leadership 'Guide'

I was studying in college when I watched Dev Anand’s movie ‘Guide.’ In early part of this movie shows Dev Anand sleeping on the steps of a temple. At the dawn, a Sadhu notices him, puts his saffron shawl on the sleeping hero and quietly walks away. The villagers who notice the hero, sleeping on the temple steps, covered with his saffron shawl, take him to be a Sadhu! And he too behaves like a Sadhu!!



Do You Want to Become a Freelance Trainer?


I often come across many professionals who are at the cross-roads of their career and need career advice. I am talking about men and women who believe that there is a passionate trainer in them and they can take the plunge into a full-time training career. These professionals want to quit what they are currently doing and start a career as a freelance trainer. While I usually share my two cents with them, I felt the need to pen my thoughts down and hence this blog.. I have written this blog  to help both young

In Discussion with Sammir Imandar on New Developments in Learning Management System

Learning Management System (LMS) has grown at a rapid pace in the last few years in India. Working professionals are leveraging online courses to upskill and reskill for career advancement. So, are the corporates which want to make learning modules tech-savvy, on-demand and easy for their employees.

According to Infoholic Research, the LMS market in India will witness a double digit growth during the forecast period 2016-2022. Given the growing popularity of LMS in India, and understand how it is evolving, SHRM interviewed Sammir Imandar, co-founder of Enthralltech.

According to Sammir Imandar there has been a massive disruption in...


The Art of WIN

This week on the 14th and 15th of September, the HR fraternity of South Asia will physically conference in Delhi and many more will participate it in virtually (via the various social media channels). I am so excited to be a part of it, as a speaker and more so as a learner. Its SHRM India's Annual Conference #SHRMiAC 2017. 

The theme is "The Art of Winning". Given the perpetual VUCA world, this positive and practical them is bound to excite and engage one and all. So, in my understanding and perspective what is winning? 



It’s Time to “Catch” our People!

In today’s times, compliance and control reign supreme. That’s no surprise given the volatility and paranoia in the corporate world due to economic macro environment, threats from technology, government regulations, unions and such…While organizations grapple with all this and more, its behoveth on us not to forget who’s at the front and centre of our business!

1. Who creates value for your client & the firm? Is it your product & service or your people?

2. Who is the advocate of your organization’s brand? Is it marketing or your employee?

3. Who is the custodian of your...


To Win at Work, We Should Accept the Fact that Success is Always Collective: Srikanth Balachandran

Winning is important. But what is winning? Is it only a tangible achievement, a monetary gain? Is it an attitude that doesn’t let you quit? Is it only related to professional goals? Can we all be winners?

This year at SHRMiAC’17 – we’re going to find out the answers to all these questions and more. Global HR leaders will share what winning means to them and how we can all cultivate the art of winning in our lives and in our organizations.

But until then, let’s think about what WINNING means to us. What is the biggest win of our...