A recent article states that according to the Gallup Organization research, the best HR professionals can help their companies increase productivity, sales, and other performance metrics by as much as 20%, year after year. When I look at my organization, I realize that a lot of our time is taken away by traditional engagement activities. Being … Continue reading How well do you know your business?
Imagine living in the constant fear of being punished for every mistake that you may make. A dreadful thought, isn't it? On the other hand, imagine a world where you are allowed to make your fair share of errors? The choice is obvious. Allowing someone to make mistakes ensures the growth of an individual. Very often … Continue reading Making Mistakes, Taking Risks
Most organizations have their fair share of awards ranging from the most prestigious to the ones not as big. As HR’s, sometimes our focus shifts to the larger awards and we tend to begin giving less importance to the awards that in our opinion are ‘not as big’.Similarly in our organization, we have an award … Continue reading Making it special!
I reached office on Monday morning to find three employees from my business unit install a mini fish tank at my desk. They responded with wide grins to my surprised stare.‘This is to keep you entertained when you get bored with your work! They also bring good luck.’I haven’t been more touched in my life. … Continue reading Fish Tank!
Most people hold a certain level of inhibition when it comes to conversing freely with their managers especially if what they have to say is not positive. This level of inhibition only increases with the skip level manager; and gets worse when it’s the department head. Changes always have a consequence. It isn’t necessarily good … Continue reading What would you tell your department head?
Selecting the future leaders of a company has always been a pain point for organizations. While some organizations believe in bringing in flesh blood, picking someone from the inside has always won the maximum votes.One option has been the formation of a ‘Shadow Board’. It’s not a new idea; it’s one which has been tried, … Continue reading Shadowing the Board (Part 1)
With the appraisals coming to a close and the data pouring in, we've been busy with reading into what this data has to say. This year, we went ahead and did a separate analysis for our campus hires. What the data said to us raised some very serious concerns! To begin with, most campus hires … Continue reading Retaining the young ones
One of my departments recently underwent a change in reporting structure. With high growth predicted in the Oil & Gas sector, the current department head has been asked to focus entirely on the oil and gas project, while other accounts were re-shuffled and directed to different heads. A new department head has been brought it. … Continue reading Communicating Change
Being a young organization, we still have a long way to go before we have all our processes in place. One critical process which we've missed making an SOP for is the Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). Almost all organizations around the world have a variant of this in place. When I was first faced with … Continue reading Would you survive a PIP?