Human Resources

Facility management has become much more important now than ever: Pradeep Lala
Human Resources, Interviews

Facility management has become much more important now than ever: Pradeep Lala

In the wake of Covid-19, the work-from-home has become a New Normal for the workforce employed with corporate houses. While it might have become a permanent normal for some, most of us have gradually started going back to the office. However, with the new Covid-19 mutant virus and a sudden increase in Covid-19 cases, most of us are very apprehensive of going back to the office. With the rising Covid-19 cases and government directives, the corporates also have to follow various safety provisions before asking the workforce to join work from the office. In an exclusive interaction with MediaCatalyst, Mr. Pradeep Lala, MD & CEO of Embassy Services Private Limited, shares his views on the safety and hygiene protocols followed by offices and the design changes implemented in offi...
Returning from Maternity Leave To The New Normal
Column, Human Resources

Returning from Maternity Leave To The New Normal

Re-entering the workforce after a long break can be overwhelming. Returning to work after pregnancy and childbirth as a breastfeeding mother is more complicated than most people consider. The Coronavirus pandemic and the changes it brought forth have only made matters more complicated, especially for women coming back to work after maternity leave. Although, we may not know how far these changes have affected our lives, working mothers are bearing the brunt of this unusual global crisis.  Returning to work – Before the pandemic Becoming a mother brings several changes to a woman’s life. Going back to work after maternity leave is never easy. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, only the second head of state to give birth while in office, said that she expected there would ...
9 Tips for Flexible Working Without Losing Productivity
Column, Human Resources

9 Tips for Flexible Working Without Losing Productivity

The extended work from home amid COVID-19 has sparked a debate over flexible working worldwide. More and more organizations are warming up to the idea of flexible working through implementing flexible-timings, telecommuting, compressed workweek, and much more. According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 44% of employees preferred a flexible workweek. While flexible working allows employees to work from any time, anywhere according to their convenience, some of us are constantly juggling between work and household chores and struggling to be productive. Here are top tips to be productive during flexible working.  Plan Your Day: Flexible working doesn’t mean that you forget your targets. Plan your day in the morning and make a to-do list of important tasks. It need not be an elaborate pr...
People Analytics: The Effective Use of Data and Technology in HR
Column, Human Resources

People Analytics: The Effective Use of Data and Technology in HR

In today’s time of scattered employee demographics and remote workforce, managing human capital, and deriving relevant information about the workforce has become a complicated challenge for HR managers. HR is no more just an intuitive function, it has evolved as a data-driven and statistically evidence-based function. People analytics is emerging as a domain of high interest in the modern corporate world. Also referred to as HR analytics or talent analytics, it is a goal-oriented and data-driven approach of deducing insights and conclusions on disparate processes, challenges, functions, and behaviors of people at work. People analytics stresses on achieving sustained organizational development with the aid of technology like Big data, machine learning, Human Resource Information...
Job Scenario During Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Implications on Businesses
Column, Human Resources

Job Scenario During Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Implications on Businesses

The Indian Job market has been facing a big decline following the Coronavirus outbreak. This has caused an unpredictable market crisis that any of the sectors has ever witnessed. On one hand, there have been job losses while on the other, new jobs have seen declined interest in hiring. According to a recent report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), as many as 21 million salaried jobs have been lost during the lockdown period in India,. Besides lay-offs across sectors, workforce headcounts have also gone low. As the slowdown has hit companies across sectors, hiring experts say that the job market will remain a dull or further drop in 2020. The job losses span across sectors and skill levels and include services, manufacturing and industry, and white-collar jobs. Hospita...
Businesses Need Comprehensive Guidelines for Work-from-Home Model: Rajappan
Human Resources, Interviews

Businesses Need Comprehensive Guidelines for Work-from-Home Model: Rajappan

The evolution of HR technology has influenced the way businesses recruit, develop and manage talent. It has paved ways for human resource professionals to emphasize on business impact initiatives like leadership development and talent acquisition. The Coronavirus pandemic has made businesses realize the importance of HR technology and how it can let business function in a Work-from-Home model. HR technology firms have dedicated themselves to develop technology products and solutions to support talents, business strategy and the unique needs of different business. HR technology becomes altogether more important during this time of pandemic. Prasad Rajappan, Founder and CEO - ZingHR Mr. Prasad Rajappan, Founder and CEO - ZingHR talks to MediaCatalyst about ZingHR, the cu...
How Upskilling and Business Learning can Create an Advanced Workforce
Column, Human Resources

How Upskilling and Business Learning can Create an Advanced Workforce

Author: Deepshikha Kumar, Founder, SpeakIn Technology has changed the way we do business. In this rapidly growing environment, there is a constant need for employees to consistently acquire new skills and technical knowledge to keep pace with the world. Keeping up with the evolving technological advancement is a challenge for companies irrespective of their size. Even though technology creates powerful business opportunities, it also highlights skill gaps in sectors where the demand for skilled workers is high. COVID has forced organizations to digitize at an unprecedented rate which has caused an immediate need of workers who can engage with customers across virtual touchpoints, and understand data and its associated tools. With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and mach...
Column, Human Resources

How Campus Placements can be Scheduled Vis-a-vis COVID-19

Author: Siddhartha Gupta, CEO, Mercer | Mettl Campus placements are a way for organizations to hire candidates from the massive talent pools available that come with various new skill sets, interests, and expertise. Many big companies, including technology giants like Google, TCS, Wipro, Capgemini, Accenture, Tech Mahindra, and PepsiCo, are honouring their job offers made to campus hires despite the weak economic outlook caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While it looks like some campuses might not see campus placements this year, especially Tier-2 and Tier-3 colleges, others like IIT-Delhi had record-breaking placements this year even after many companies rescinded their job offers. What’s the current organizational strategy to abide by the social distancing practices and yet hire th...
How to Hire and Retain the Talent Transformers
Column, Human Resources

How to Hire and Retain the Talent Transformers

Author: Awkash Agrawal,  Engineering Leader, Product and Platform Engineering at Altimetrik. There is always a Gaussian curve to fit most of the problems. In the world where there is always a need for superior talent, there is always a front line drawn between companies to attract nothing but the best. Though every organization wants the best talent there is always a legacy left behind. This is due to the ageing product, a solution created in the mid-'90s is still in use. This gave rise to a new age sought after talent transformers. These folks are real workhorse who not only complete their own things but help the group of people to move forward. One of the critical aspects is how you find these folks from the masses. There are primarily identified by 3 A's (Aptitude, Attitude and A...
Column, Human Resources

Skills that Designers Need to Thrive on

Author: Debprotim Roy, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Canvs Each New Year talks about newer trends in design and engineering, some stick while some pass. 2020, however, given it’s the start of a new decade was assumed year of importance and makes us aware of how far we have come from where we were 10 years ago. Mobile computing has changed the landscape as we have seen. Artificial intelligence has come into mainstream consciousness, user experience is not a spend you park for post MVP releases anymore. Designers have a seat at the table. Having a seat at the table means you have to respect the responsibilities that it brings. The unique challenges that this decade brings us are mostly driven by tech and its potential in the coming years. As builders of products that manifest ...