SHRM South Asia Blog

Lying Is A Superpower - Use It Sparingly

Lying is socially undesirable. Yet, it is a superpower that people routinely use to tempt fate, defy death and achieve the impossible.

Parents HAVE to lie

When my kid wanted my opinion about the piece she had played on the violin, I was faced with a moral dilemma. I had four choices to pick from in increasing order of truthfulness. I...


Build Your Superpower This Father's Day

Every father wants to be the perfect father. To achieve that you need to unleash your biggest superpower as a dad.

Be careful what you wish for

My father had it easy. He taught English for a year at Delhi University after doing his Masters in English. Then he joined the Indian Railways and retired from there. We lived in small towns and big towns. It was a world with very few choices. There were never more than two or...


Skilling for Tomorrow - Scalable Impact

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world labour market is witnessing an imbalance in the skills of the workforce, coupled with the swift adoption of technology. The current scenario has fast-tracked the urgency for reskilling and upskilling to prepare the workforce for the future.

It is estimated that the UAE is likely to experience a skill gap worth USD 50 billion by 2030 and 28% of its workforce needs skilling and upskilling. The good news is that UAE can gain USD 4.3 billion, equivalent to 0.6 per cent of its GDP...


Grief - the ignored emotion at workplaces

It was a brutal day. I woke up to hear about my uncle passing away in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Shortly after that we learned about my wife's classmate's passing away. Minutes later, my colleague, who was already lost her sister a week back, called up to tell me that her brother-in-law was no more. A classmate texted me to say that his wife too had passed away. He had...


How to Onboard New Hires

What does a cooking video and a music video have to do with designing a corporate onboarding program? Both tell us how learning experiences must be designed.

Let us start by watching Master Chef Gordon Ramsay's video where shows us 5 basic cooking skills.

The video appeals to the novice and the expert alike. It has been viewed 34 million times. It uses the first of the four steps of designing a Cognitive Apprenticeship.

Here is...


Enabling an Agile Workforce with AI-powered Learning

The current knowledge-driven environment has necessitated clear outcome-based learning programs at speed and with agility. The pandemic has shown that this is possible with most businesses upgrading the way they work and providing upskilling opportunities for their employees. This blog captures the insights from the session on "Enabling an Agile Workforce with AI-powered Learning" at the SHRM India Talent Conference 21. The session was moderated by: Nick Schacht, Chief Global Development Officer - SHRM who spoke with Amit Das, CHRO - Bennett Coleman & Co. and Nishchae Suri, President Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at EdCast.



The Science of Talent Management

"A great lathe operator commands several times the wage of an average lathe operator, but a great writer of software code is worth 10,000 times the price of an average software writer"                                                                                                                                   


Insights From Google Searches

If someone looked at your search history, what would they learn about you? Quite a lot, I would say. Imagine what we could learn by going through the search history of an entire country for a year. That is what you could infer from Google's Year in Search 2020 report for India.

Millions online for the first time

India leapfrogged from the television to the mobile directly and skipped the desktop altogether. When rural India goes...