SHRM South Asia Blog

Reskilling employees in the post-COVID-19 world

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a marked shift in how businesses operate in India and abroad. Organizations are grappling with the significant changes in their work environment as most employees now work from home and remote operations are becoming a necessity. The massive disruption brought on by COVID-19 has also led to some companies having been shut down temporarily, while others are laying off or furloughing employees to keep themselves afloat. It suffices to say that this disruption has impacted employers and employees alike. Reskilling has been identified...


"I have a feedback for you"

It is a bright morning - You are working in your desk (well… in Covid times, you may have logged in to your machine) with a hot cup of coffee. A message pops up from your boss - “ Can we have a brief chat… I have a feedback for you”

How would you describe your feeling? I asked this question to some of our leaders – the answer is uniform

"Elated? Definitely not! A knot in your stomach? YES - something must have gone wrong"

We have read countless surveys and research which...


Forget about AI, concentrate on data

Recently, one of my new Business colleagues came to our Corporate HRBP with a list of proposals for movement of people. On being asked about relevant data to support the candidature, the business colleagues was surprised. He started mentioning his “views” about their strengths and development areas (there were hardly any). The quality of discussion obviously can be imagined..

This should hardly surprise us - Often, most of our people decisions are based on “opinion”, and “feeling”. Of course, analytics has made inroads into the HR world – however, how much of our individual people decisions (who...


Remote Working: Monitoring employee productivity without micromanaging

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the global landscape, it forced organizations to re-assess, re-calibrate and re-align, in order to sustain their businesses. Though this is a challenging scenario, the biggest advantage also appeared in the form of technology. Suddenly remote working was not a benefit that the company provided, but a necessity to maintain business continuity. With a sudden rise in remote working however, there are underlying challenges.

As per a Gartner survey  while the remotely working employees...


Initiatives of online job portals for laid-off employees

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies have been laying-off staff to stay in the reckoning. Most of the employees are sacked due to their companies’ need to keep their heads above water rather than performance issues. Also, many of the lay-offs happened in already overstaffed start-ups and hence, the ongoing layoffs during this pandemic speak nothing of the ability and the skills of the laid-off staff.

Overview of the job cuts during the...


COVID-19: Changing reality and the role of HR

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit the global economy rather hard. The world has witnessed a tectonic shift in all aspects of human life - business or personal. The streets are deserted, the corporate hallways are empty, and life as we knew it has come to a standstill. Since the beginning of the year, the pandemic is on the rise in India and has forced a lockdown of all its economic activities. This has resulted in employees working from home to protect themselves from the infection. Students are also homebound with their working...


Hiring trends in India amid the COVID-19 crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll across the globe, major world economies have begun to show signs of being under pressure due to the steep and sudden drop in economic activities. In its wake, the Coronavirus crisis has left many people struggling to make ends meet as supply chains have come to a grinding halt. However, a couple of months into the crisis, countries are finally settling down with their governments, citizens and organizations adjusting to the new normal.



Why you need to start Journaling right now

What is one thing that Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Bernard Shaw, Winston Churchill, Andy Warhol, Lewis Carrol, Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Marcus Aurelius, Ernest Hemingway, and Maya Angelou have in common? They were all serious and habitual journalers.

On top of the Covid-19 pandemic health scare, many are also facing the threat of layoffs and salary cuts. This has ratchetted up the fear, anxiety, and stress for many. This blog, makes a case for journaling to relieve stress and anxiety and to jumpstart creativity and inspiration. While there...


Can Remote Working Help Organizations Make Deeper Inroads into Diversity and Inclusion?

In a matter of weeks, remote working has become a norm thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic which has virtually brought the world to a grinding halt. Organizations have had to transform their working styles from mandating employees to work from home, to finding and onboarding tech solutions that ensure security, agility and work continuity, building necessary IT and other infrastructure, procuring devices and putting in place remote work protocols in a matter of days.

Remote work and flexi work options beyond virus containment 



Mike Suffield | The New Role of Finance

In an interview with Nida Shahid - Associate Director - Advisory, SHRM India, 

SHRM in association with ACCA conducted a joint study in 2019 to  envisage the journey ahead for the finance profession and understand how organizations are taking on the challenges in a highly digitized world. It also delineated the future of the Finance function and key skillsets needed or the next-gen CFOs and senior finance leaders to succeed in the changing workplace, along with the roadmap that should be embraced for future success.

Taking the discussions ahead, SHRM interviewed...