In an interview with Nida Shahid - Associate Director - Advisory, SHRM India,
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Trends such as increasing use of technology in hiring, social media recruitment, focus on employer branding, candidate experiences, looking at hitherto under-recognized potential, etc. have transformed hiring in 2019 and will continue to shape the hiring landscape in 2020. Let us take a look at these trends.
As we usher in industry 4.0, technological advancements are rapidly changing the face of the work, worker and workplace. The paradigm shifts in the business world are widening the skill gap and causing a talent crunch.
The Code on Social Security, 2019 tabled by the Labour Minister in the Lok Sabha recently, seeks to universalize social security benefits to all workers.
Lessons from stories of inspiration, relentless determination and winning despite all odds
When someone says ‘techie’, the image that most likely comes to mind is a Sheldon Cooper-ish male with glasses and a hoodie. We often associate women with domains like HR, PR, etc. and seldom with technology. This is one of the biggest stereotypes not only held by HR practitioners but society at large. This gets reflected in the statistics relating to women in tech as well.
"It’s All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren’t Enough"-is the title of a book by Kathleen Kelly Reardon, PhD.
The rapid advancements in the technology and communication have ushered in a digital age that is enabling businesses to revolutionize how they function, enhancing their product/ service to meet the needs of the customers, transform employee experiences and so on. One of the main enabling factors is the voluminous data that is allowing businesses to engage in analytics and derive deep, actionable insights.
Data in the digital era
Business and its every facet have changed in leaps and bounds over the past decade or so. Business success was earlier tied only to product/ service optimization in the context of large investments, long timeframes and higher risk associated with investments. Changes (whether to improve the product or the process) could not be made suddenly, not without heavy losses and higher risks. Data from the past history and otherwise was limited and was only used for future predictions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.