SHRM South Asia Blog

How Big Is Too Big? Making Sense of Data Analytics to Drive Business Value

HR is a field that has always generated large volumes of data. For instance, candidate profiles, recruitment data, career progression data, personal development and review data, appraisal data, employee engagement data, etc. With the rapid advent of technology, it is even possible to analyze and leverage data from social media profiles, emails and so on too (apart from the traditional means) to understand employee sentiment and gather other such insights.

Earlier, businesses and HR teams would not leverage such data to gain deep insights to refine/ add value to their decision-making. Today, there is a growing...


Budget 2019: An HR Perspective

The recently announced interim budget was a highly anticipated one. Riding on the wave of the upcoming election, it was touted to be a populist budget giving in to the wishes of the Indian electorate.  Media channels and publications predicted that the interim finance minister Piyush Goyal would give a budget speech with the flavour of an election speech.

The union budget did not fall short of those expectations and brought in budget-sops, tax changes and new schemes for many sections of the society. The important thing to note was that the budget laid the context...


A quick guide to understanding Instructional Design

One of the many terms that have gained importance in the past few decades in the area of learning and development is Instructional Design. In the simplest of terms it means development of training material and experiences that enable a person to learn. The creation is not a simple process of developing content. There are principles that have to be applied to ensure that the material is impactful, relevant and applicable. The end goal of learning has to be met, but within a certain time-frame. Therefore, the emphasis is on following a systematic methodology to do the same....


Unconscious Bias at the Workplace

Biases are an integral part of human nature. At the workplace, human biases can become toxic or lead to discrimination, creating a stifle environment and impact productivity and profitability.

Biases work at two levels- conscious (those that we are aware of and can work towards overcoming) and unconscious ( those that are a part of our subconscious and surface from time to time). The latter often goes unnoticed and unchecked to the person displaying such biased behaviour.

Types of Unconscious Biases-

Unconscious bias might seem like a small element in the overall...


HR as the Revenue Contributor in the Age of Technology

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate today. This has led to a drastic evolution within organizations and their various functions. More companies are now expecting human resources function to contribute to revenue and profitability. A study at the University of Michigan concluded that while only 20% of the organizations are using their HR functions as active business solutions partners, nearly 60% organizations are starting to expect more out of HR by encouraging their partnership with core functions to improve business productivity. While this will indirectly contribute to the revenue, HR can also directly impact revenue by...


Leadership Development - Strategy or Incentive

I recently attended a breakfast round table conference of HR leaders organized by SHRM on the topic of ‘How investment in HR technology could impact the organization bottom line’. As interesting as the topic was, the discussion was equally engaging. The session was nicely moderated through a series of questions that kept the ideas flowing. One question in particular stuck a chord with most, the kind of mixed views it generated prompted me to write this post. The question was about ‘How does spend on people initiatives & technology get approved in each company - does it need a business case or are HR leaders able to decide without ROI considerations?’



Freedom in the Workplace (A balance of Autonomy and Accountability)

India celebrated its Independence Day a few days ago. The joy of being an independent nation also brings a high degree of responsibility and accountability with it. When we superimpose the same thought process on organizations, most individuals wonder if the guidelines remain the same.  Employees have a view on what freedom at the workplace means for them and so do organizations. But are the two perspectives aligned?  Do they speak to each other and operate together?

That is the question we want to be able to answer today.

Let us try and understand...


Organizational design for excellence in Strategy execution

Is your organization showing a lack of flexibility in meeting external market demands?

Is your organization experiencing a lack of internal collaboration among various teams?

Is your organization witnessing a slow informational flow and poor quality decision - making?

Despite having a well – articulated Strategy, if your organization is exhibiting one or more of above characteristics, it could be due to poor Organizational design. If not addressed swiftly, it will hamper your Strategy execution and will ruin the financial performance of the organization.

In simple words, Strategy execution refers...


In Conversation with Marshall Goldsmith & Sally Helgesen

The desire to be sure at all the times that everyone thinks you are wonderful person who is fulfilling their expectations and needs. There are an extraordinary number of women who are at the top of their career but suffer from this disease to please. In this insightful interview Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith talk to Achal Khanna, CEO – SHRM India & Business Head – MENA & APAC about how women should not let themselves be manipulated by other people’s expectations that does not necessarily reflect what they want to do, along with other behaviour patterns that inhibit women...


L&D: You have been branded!

Summary: L&D departments worldwide are realizing the importance of creating a brand for themselves. Branding helps bring in consistency in all L&D initiatives, ‘pull’ employees towards training programs and ultimately achieve business goals.

Every time you drink a cup of coffee, wear a pair of sneakers or grab a burger from your favourite brands, you contribute in some way to reaffirm the importance of branding. A brand is what sets companies apart from competitors, helps them create their own footprint and provides the right direction to their workforce.

Branding has spread its influence...