I have finally discovered the ONE SKILL every successful HR professional must have. It is not great IQ, EQ or LQ. However, before you bring on the drum rolls, I must digress to narrate two short bits. #1 – The first time I heard the term LQ, I racked my brain for a while wondering … Continue reading Sense of humor needed
I get tired of all deep philosophical questions that ask you to find your life's purpose. I ran into a few people last week who asked - 'What would you do if you weren't in the job you are today?' Some people go a step further and quote directly from Up in the Air - … Continue reading Most likely cry
There lies a marked distinction between joy and happiness; one that psychologists and scientists struggle to define. However, until they reach a conclusion, let’s think of joy as an intense momentary experience of positive emotion, one that makes us smile and want to jump up and down. While happiness is how good you feel over … Continue reading The fundamentals of joy
Human beings are inherently biased. We would like to believe that we are largely rational beings but as years of research has proved, we aren’t. In fact, there is an entire field of study (behavioral economics, social psychology, call it what you may) dedicated to studying human irrationality. Organizations have begun playing their part by … Continue reading Are machines better at discrimination than human beings?
I’ve come across many adjectives for organizations. They’ve been called big, small, ruthless, friendly, innovative, slow and much more. One adjective I’ve never come across is ‘Fair’. It makes me wonder – is it difficult for organizations to be perceived as fair or have we never asked? I know haven’t and I’m curious. What would … Continue reading Can organizations be fair?
I first sat up and took note of GDPR when a newsletter I subscribe to asked for re-confirmation to continue sending me information. This was one month ago. Until then, GDPR was always something good that the European Union had put in place but would come to effect at some unknown time into the future. … Continue reading What’s with GDPR?
Knowing the essential elements of appreciation is only the first step in getting appreciation right. For most HR professionals and managers, the task doesn’t end here. What follows is the struggle to put together a mechanism that allows appreciation to become a part of daily life. While inculcating a culture of recognition is a long and tedious … Continue reading how to create an effective recognition program
I am a closet introvert. So good, that time after time MBTI reports have shown me to be an extreme extrovert. However, if you know me, you know that large gatherings baffle, pain and drain me. Yet, I have little choice but to constantly seek ways to place myself in social forums. Given this struggle … Continue reading Leveraging network information for personal development
A while ago, I talked about the importance of transparency when it comes to diversity initiatives and focusing disproportionately on communication. Easier said than done, I know. After spending an entire lifetime avoiding difficult conversations around differences, it is only natural that discussions around diversity make us uncomfortable. After all, no one ever trained us on what … Continue reading What to talk about when you talk about Diversity?
When my colleagues first heard that I was headed for a two-day conference dedicated to technology in HR, they thought it a joke. Lunch table discussions began to revolve around how technology and HR have a strained relationship and that I was probably just going for a 2-day break. After all, the world of HR … Continue reading A tryst with HR & technology