SHRM South Asia Blog

The Potential Conundrum

Potential needs opportunity to flower. It’s a live energy, if untapped at the right time it dissipates. With most things in life, what is not defined well is often, not measured well, misunderstood for most parts and abused in some parts. In most organizations identifying potential is a BIG deal. Some do it more scientifically than others, some more rigorously than others. What is certain that there is no standard way of identifying this Holy Grail.

A common fallacy in the entire process is failure to address ‘the what’ of potential. Imagine you had Sachin Tendulkar applying for the role...


The Millennial Question

Recently, I was a speaker at a panel discussion organized by a premier B-School. The moderator of the panel discussion asked me how my organization is dealing with the challenge of managing millennials. Pat came my response, “Do we need to manage millennials? Do we see the presence of millennials in our organizations as a challenge?” The moderator clearly didn’t anticipate this response and was visibly off-track for a few minutes before gaining the momentum back.

Well, my intention was not to derail the momentum and flow of the discussion. My objective was to drive home an important point about...


#SHRMi16 Speaker Series: Meet Alpana Parida: The HR Function IS and NEEDS to be the Face of the Firm

Employer branding has become an important part of HR. Building a brand that people would feel proud to work with and for is becoming necessary to attract the best talent and to retain current employees. The brand image and what it stands for is a major consideration when accepting a job offer.

We connected with Alpana Parida, Managing Director - DY Works + IDIOM, to understand what makes a brand, THE BRAND?

“I would say branding is the true reflection of organizational culture. Your company’s brand encompasses everything from your logo to...


The changing Face of HR

Human Resources Today - A new calling?
How powerful is a good idea if it has minimum impact? How effective is your pipeline of well qualified managers without appropriate training to become quality leaders? All of those on one side of the fence would go on to articulate that HR today is a one stop solution to most complex business problems. As Kevin Robinson once said, “Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they're not just lying around on the surface. You...


#SHRMi16 Speaker Series: Meet Ritu Anand: The Bold HR is Fearless, Innovative, & a Strategic Thinker

What defines a bold HR - is the question on our (all) our minds. It’s also the theme of our Annual Conference and Exposition, so to find out what it’s all about, we went straight to the source.

Ritu Anand, Dy. Head, Gobal HR & Talent Management - TCS, shares her thoughts on the bold new HR.

The thought Ritu greets us with is, “Sometimes there is so much to say, but if I would have to sum it up in few words, the face of the bold new HR is...


The Reverse Discrimination Challenge


The Importance of Having Diversity Metrics

In the past few articles we have shared various elements of Diversity , as well as the importance of Diversity audits. While our country does not make diversity a legal compliance area, in order to be perceived as a global organization that believes in equal opportunities, organizations must proactively have metrics in place related to the composition of their workforce. This kind of periodic monitoring assists organizations in ensuring that close any glaring gaps which are leading to some kind of diversity imbalance at a particular location or business unit or management level. These metrics should also cover the Board,...


The c(h)ase for innovation

The c(h)ase for innovationTo say that businesses around the world are facing tough challenges would be an understatement. To stay competitive, organizations are increasingly under pressure to be innovative. Interestingly, according to a Millennial Innovation survey by Deloitte Bersin Study on Millennial’s, 78% of Millennial’s believe that innovation is essential for business growth and 87% believe the success of a business should be measured by more than just financial performance.

Given that all organizations are gunning for innovation, and most of its employees want it too, it seems apparent...


Talent Assessment Tools in India, 2016: A Collaborative Study by SHRM India and MeritTrac

The talent war that HR has been facing in the recent years is never like before. It's not only selecting the right fit to avoid the bad hire cost to the company that is a concern for HR. It is also equally imperative for HR to ensure that the employees are continuously preparing themselves for the emerging talent requirement to perform to their optimum potential and contribute effectively to the organization's goals. It is for these two reasons that there has been an increasing use of talent assessment tools in the organizations.

These tools provide HR a deeper insight into...


Synergy between Work Culture and Productivity

How does it feel to be a crucial part of your company’s ethos?


Today, one of the contributing factors that helps measure the progress of a company is the people that work there. ‘The employees’ are the wheels that carry the organization from point A to Z. The happier this sector, the more the chances of the organization flourishing.

Let us consider a classic situation of the entire staff being uncooperative. New client, new pitch, new presentation to be made and your sales team declares they are backing out from the brainstorming session. Being the...