(An open letter to the employee who inspired me today.) Dear XYZ (name changed to maintain confidentiality), I logged in today to find you being publicly denounced by many for an idea that you had pitched and put into action. You were one of the few who dared participate in our idea generation contest and … Continue reading Press On!
I wish I could find an apt Dr. Suess quote to begin with but I can’t, so I’m going to make up one of my own – “There’s a rung you miss and a slip you make & soon you find yourself at the bottom all over again” Ok, I apologize. That was awful but … Continue reading Don’t rush to climb the ladder
The most amusing thing happened at work today! But first, I must give you a little background. The Business unit based out of the location for which I work consists of close to 80 employees most of who are new hires or have been with us for less than 2 years. This location serves majorly … Continue reading Critical Employee Group!
People are so wrong when they think that human resources professionals are bad at numbers and figures; we are pretty kickass. Don’t agree? Well, then you better start playing around with more facts, figures and number. And soon! Ever made presentations that are based on ‘the feel on the floor’, ‘conversations with employees’, ‘hunches’, ‘what … Continue reading Love numbers
This naturally stems from my previous post on ‘What’s your legacy? In process of trying to answer the question that I asked, you will try and build your own USP. At some point of time it is important to decide which area of HR you would like to be an expert in. It could be … Continue reading Specializations!
Tell me two things, two lines you would like to use to describe the population group that you handle. Are they eccentric, high maintenance, transparent, frank or just poor people managers? One department that I take care of is ‘Product Lifecycle Management’. I am going to re-narrate another interesting bit of a conversation I had … Continue reading Pick two!
I may have referred to a similar theme in my earlier posts but it is definitely one that needs revisiting every now and then. It’s been praying on my mind all the more now with my transition taking place. At some point of time, it is always important to step back and question what it … Continue reading What’s your legacy?
By virtue of having chosen HR as a profession, we have chosen to play in areas which have no clear answers. Often we are stuck at crossroads, trying to maintain balance on paths which blur lines between right and wrong. The business waits to hear your opinion and sometimes puts you at a juncture where … Continue reading Black & White with a whole lot of grey
The President of the United States gets 100 days to prove himself; you get 90. This line is from ‘The First 90 Days’ by Michael Watkins could not be more fitting to my current situation. Transitions are perhaps the most unplanned activity in an organization. Given my current change in role and location and having … Continue reading Changing Roles
Here’s a situation retold:Imagine that you work on the 18th floor of a building. One fine Monday afternoon, a fire breaks out on the 7th floor and it is fast spreading. The people on your floor are in danger and most exits are cut off. Then one little bird comes along and tells you that … Continue reading Are we just counting cows?