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What's an ideal employee recognition programme

What's an ideal employee recognition programme

Partha Neog | Mumbai | Monday, 11 December 2017

Everyone likes to be appreciated and rewarded for good work.

From the diary of an IR professional

From the diary of an IR professional

PH Singh | Delhi | Wednesday, 22 November 2017

How the rules and practices in IR change with the individual or the manager.

Compensation & Benefits: Startup Viewpoint

Compensation & Benefits: Startup Viewpoint

Partha Neog | Mumbai | Wednesday, 01 November 2017

App-based HR offerings, that are tech savvy and convenient to use are the latest trend

IR: Fundamentals and aberrations

IR: Fundamentals and aberrations

PH Singh | Delhi | Thursday, 26 October 2017

Honest communication touches the heart directly.

Whose culture is it anyway?

Whose culture is it anyway?

Vibhav Singh | Delhi | Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Startups tend to ignore their work culture in a hurry to scale up.

The connection between ‘sleep’ and ‘leadership’

The connection between ‘sleep’ and ‘leadership’

Moitrayee Das | Mumbai | Monday, 23 October 2017

A survey of 196 business leaders found that nearly half did not get enough sleep at least four nights of the week, while two- thirds were generally dissatisfied with how much sleep they got.

Boomerang employees: Boon or bane?

Boomerang employees: Boon or bane?

Parul Bahl | New Delhi | Thursday, 21 September 2017

The pros and cons of hiring a boomerang employee.

IR: A change in continuity

IR: A change in continuity

PH Singh | New Delhi | Friday, 08 September 2017

Protect the core to ensure continuity and balance.

What's a bad sales hire?

What's a bad sales hire?

Tonmoy Shingal | New Delhi | Friday, 01 September 2017

Every organisation has had ‘the spoilt cup of tea’ when it comes to hiring once in their organisational life-cycle.

IR: ‘Dil Se Re’!

IR: ‘Dil Se Re’!

PH Singh | New Delhi | Monday, 14 August 2017

I have seen many organisations bleeding profusely, due to mistrust, non-cooperation and lack of mutual understanding and strengthening. This is basically because of egocentrism and immaturity.

Remembering Fr. Maggie of XLRI

Remembering Fr. Maggie of XLRI

Emmanuel David | Mumbai | Thursday, 10 August 2017

Father ED McGrath, former director XLRI passed on to eternity on August 4, 2017. 

Lend Me Thy Ears

Lend Me Thy Ears

Neha Gupta Lehl | New Delhi | Monday, 31 July 2017

Deep listening skills are the foundation of strong relationships, respectful communication and responsive leadership. 

IR: Why do trade unions fail?

IR: Why do trade unions fail?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Thursday, 13 July 2017

In industrial relations, the management must own the responsibility first, followed by the union leader then the worker, and the government at last.

How to deal with office politics

How to deal with office politics

Rohit Hasteer | New Delhi | Thursday, 29 June 2017

Developing political proficiency is a good idea to be able to survive, or even thrive in political situation encountered at work.

Decode the power of introverts in the workplace

Decode the power of introverts in the workplace

Devenkumar Solanki | New Delhi | Monday, 26 June 2017

Instead of discounting introverts as anti-social hermits and extroverts as attention seekers, here’s how a manager can harness the powers of both personality types.

IR: How ego states impact industrial relations

IR: How ego states impact industrial relations

PH Singh | New Delhi | Thursday, 08 June 2017

The personal ego state of the stakeholder individuals can make or mar the desired industrial relations.

How leaders can create time for reflection

How leaders can create time for reflection

Sandip Ghose | Mumbai | Tuesday, 06 June 2017

Ambitious people often discount the need for sleep and physical rest but it’s important to consciously slow down at regular intervals.

What is slowing down the adoption of recruitment technology?

What is slowing down the adoption of recruitment technology?

Kiran Kumar | New Delhi | Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Both buyers and designers of technology need to come together to appreciate the true power of technology.

How mentoring can help you outgrow yourself

How mentoring can help you outgrow yourself

Neha Lehl | Mumbai | Monday, 01 May 2017

Every champion in this world needs a coach to surpass their own self; a coach saves time, economises resources and tailors advice to suit the coachee.

How to transform leadership in VUCA world

How to transform leadership in VUCA world

Makarand Khatavkar | Mumbai | Thursday, 27 April 2017

The old prescriptive ways of developing leaders based on a preset scale of competencies does not help them to address adaptive business challenges in the VUCA world.

IR: Leaders and managers by chance?

IR: Leaders and managers by chance?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A majority of the IR managers and trade union leaders are not aware of the legal, behavioural, business and conceptual aspects of unionisation—labour, productivity, benefits, IR, leadership, role modelling, discipline and business management which is why they have a short time perspective to resolve an issue.

Spirituality in management education: A game changer?

Spirituality in management education: A game changer?

Rajani Anand | Mumbai | Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spirituality may seem like a foreign concept in M.B.A. programmes, where many students are fixated on placements and six-figure salaries. This continuous preoccupation of theirs can lead to unrealistic expectations resulting in failed illusions and lost hopes. It is here that such courses can have a timely and healing effect.

United We Fall

United We Fall

Abhijit Bhaduri | Bengaluru | Monday, 17 April 2017

Every incident is a learning and at the same time an opportunity to prove oneself. Following the United Airlines fiasco, the carrier had a golden opportunity to display the right leadership attitude, which it unfortunately failed to take advantage of. So what was the missed opportunity?

HR lessons from a tale of humanity

HR lessons from a tale of humanity

Subhankar Ghose | New Delhi | Tuesday, 21 March 2017

There’s more to a story than the raw emotions and here are some important HR lessons from a heart-wrenching true incident.

When your positives work against you

When your positives work against you

Astha Sharma | New Delhi | Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Core Quadrants Theory can help you understand your situation better.

Why wholehearted appreciation is key to efficient IR

Why wholehearted appreciation is key to efficient IR

PH Singh | New Delhi | Thursday, 09 March 2017

Most of the employers and executives have habitually developed apathy towards unions, trade union leaders and unionisation.

Six tips for women entrepreneurs to manage their finances well

Six tips for women entrepreneurs to manage their finances well

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Tuesday, 07 March 2017

With women increasingly choosing to become entrepreneurs, it is crucial that they understand how to make sound financial decisions.

Leadership Lessons from M.S .Dhoni

Leadership Lessons from M.S .Dhoni

Prateek N. Kumar | Mumbai | Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The author had the good fortune of playing a couple of matches against Dhoni in the dusty bylanes of Ranchi.

Virat Kohli’s message for HR fraternity

Virat Kohli’s message for HR fraternity

Abhay Dhumal | Mumbai | Monday, 23 January 2017

The cricketer is the ideal representative of Gen Y.

Automation, Analytics, Millennials, C&B, On-demand hiring; What’s in for HR in 2017: Richard Lobo

Automation, Analytics, Millennials, C&B, On-demand hiring; What’s in for HR in 2017: Richard Lobo

Richard Lobo | Bengaluru | Monday, 09 January 2017

Most companies were left playing catch-up with tech disruptions, a workforce with different needs, customised people actions and the move from talent management to people management. So, the scope for these trends, and more, to come into their own in 2017 is immense.

2017 HR Trends: Can artificial intelligence replace emotional intelligence?

2017 HR Trends: Can artificial intelligence replace emotional intelligence?

Mangesh Bhide | Mumbai | Wednesday, 04 January 2017

Technology can reduce efforts to build and mine out data for a variety of reports, but can it help in informed decision making.

6 HR lessons from the movie,  Dangal

6 HR lessons from the movie, Dangal

Abhay Dhumal | Mumbai | Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Learning can be everywhere, so from movies.

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How to make HR immersive?

Bharath Ramakrishnan | Mumbai | Monday, 26 December 2016

Applying design thinking principles, holistically, to all aspects of work and HR.

12 mistakes of change management that starts with 'I'

12 mistakes of change management that starts with 'I'

Peter de Jager | Toronto | Thursday, 22 December 2016

Knowing the solution to a problem before others are even aware that something is ‘wrong’ is deemed by some as concrete proof of their elevated expertise. Fair enough. Unfortunately, from everyone else’s perspective, those solutions — seemingly disconnected from the issue at hand — lack credibility and are considered unconvincing.

Don’t let attrition kill your business

Don’t let attrition kill your business

Debarshi Nayak | Mumbai | Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Know your odds against employee turnover

What motivates employees more than money?

What motivates employees more than money?

Debarshi Nayak | Mumbai | Wednesday, 16 November 2016

There’s much more than money that a professional wants.

United States Presidential Elections: Five lessons

United States Presidential Elections: Five lessons

Prasanth Nair | Mumbai | Monday, 14 November 2016

America has elected a new leader and has taught organisations some important lessons. However, this is from a pure ‘learning’ point of view and not from the perspective of personalities or politics. 

How are tenure loyalists different from professional loyalists

How are tenure loyalists different from professional loyalists

V Ravi | Mumbai | Monday, 07 November 2016

The recent sensational corporate controversy at Tata Group raises a question on employee loyalty and its types. 

What’s common between ‘Game of Thrones’ and industrial relations?

What’s common between ‘Game of Thrones’ and industrial relations?

Satish Kumar Shukla | Rohtak | Thursday, 03 November 2016

The popular television series ‘Game of Thrones’ has vast universe of characters. What happens when we put these characters in an IR landscape. A narrative drawing parallels between the two.

Tatagate: Saga of ineffective transition management

Tatagate: Saga of ineffective transition management

Adil Malia | Mumbai | Tuesday, 01 November 2016

A third-party analysis of what may have led to the ouster of Cyrus Mistry from Tata.

The role of people management in Cyrus Mistry’s ouster

The role of people management in Cyrus Mistry’s ouster

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 26 October 2016

While speculations are rife regarding the numerous triggers that led to this change of guard at the Tata Group, the cadre of leaders under Mistry is definitely being scanned.

5 Workplace ideals from FRIENDS

5 Workplace ideals from FRIENDS

Debarshi Nayak | Mumbai | Thursday, 20 October 2016

What we can learn from the popular TV show of the 1990s- FRIENDS

Why we need an agile makeover of workplaces

Why we need an agile makeover of workplaces

Mallika James | Mumbai | Friday, 14 October 2016

Open-plan offices complement infrastructure in creating a truly empowering work environment for employees.

Employee advocacy: Voice of the people, for the people, by the people

Employee advocacy: Voice of the people, for the people, by the people

Deepika Dabke | New Delhi | Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Employee advocacy entails a voluntary involvement of the employees in the communication efforts of the organisation with the outside world.

Who should one hire? The soldier or the assassin?

Who should one hire? The soldier or the assassin?

Debarshi Nayak | Bengaluru | Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Psychometric assessment may help in taking decisions about the right hire.

Re-thinking employee engagement holistically

Re-thinking employee engagement holistically

Gaurav Saini | Bengaluru | Friday, 16 September 2016

The engagement model should encompass the important elements that can involve the employee in the growth of the company.

A delicate balance between personal values and temptation

A delicate balance between personal values and temptation

Ajay Sharma | Mumbai | Friday, 09 September 2016

Ethics will have a chance only when personal values are more powerful than temptation.

IR: Why trade union leaders need a knowledge upgradation

IR: Why trade union leaders need a knowledge upgradation

PH Singh | New Delhi | Thursday, 08 September 2016

Due to this lack of awareness and thoughtfulness, trade unions waste their energy in fighting a wrong battle against the well aware battery of staff, consultants and lawyers of employers.

The Employee Engagement Lifeboat

The Employee Engagement Lifeboat

Nishant Muralidhaan | New Delhi | Thursday, 01 September 2016

Varying from poor to great, employee engagement can be nurtured and increased phenomenally, or lost and thrown away.

Maternity Benefits: A case of reverse feminism?

Maternity Benefits: A case of reverse feminism?

Mruthyanjaya Rao | Hyderabad | Friday, 19 August 2016

Would the amendments in the Maternity Act make professional progress smoother for females or indirectly create new roadblocks?

Why HR needs an agile mindset

Why HR needs an agile mindset

Sindhu S | Bengaluru | Thursday, 18 August 2016

At a time when being fast, nimble and connected, can ‘make or break’ a business, can HR as a function afford a rigid mindset? The answer to that is undoubtedly, ‘No’!

Employee engagement never failed; It simply changed

Employee engagement never failed; It simply changed

Nishant Muralidhaan | Bengaluru | Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Businesses across the globe are all trying to build an inclusive, energetic and multigenerational team. With a world moving into a new era, ‘engaging people’ emerged as one of the biggest competitive differentiators in business.

IR: Why management must strengthen the union

IR: Why management must strengthen the union

PH Singh | New Delhi | Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Listen to them first only then will they lend you a patient hearing.

In case of mass retrenchment of white collars

In case of mass retrenchment of white collars

Sandip Ghose | Kolkata | Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Large-scale white-collar displacement at middle and senior levels is a relatively new phenomenon and that too without the safety net of trade unions. Here is what one should do to safeguard oneself.

The true purpose of HR, lest we forget!

The true purpose of HR, lest we forget!

Ajay Sharma | New Delhi | Friday, 05 August 2016

In the rat race to appear technologically advanced, are HR professionals forgetting something that’s vital to their existence?

Using the right chargers for organisational growth

Using the right chargers for organisational growth

Vinaya Bansal | New Delhi | Friday, 22 July 2016

How do organisations know for sure what differentiates people and drives them?

The ‘cause and effect’ of IR

The ‘cause and effect’ of IR

PH Singh | New Delhi | Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Just play along with cause & effect, gravity, flow thermodynamics, electromagnetism and time. You will not only feel motivated, but appear motivated. 

Can we rebuild the house while staying in it?

Can we rebuild the house while staying in it?

Vaijayanti Naik | Mumbai | Friday, 15 July 2016

We are being called upon to deliver an innovative product, a game changing service and at the same time are expected to keep our business intact. A tall task for sure!

Social Sabbatical: Learning with humility

Social Sabbatical: Learning with humility

Aditya Narayan Mishra | Bengaluru | Monday, 04 July 2016

Social sabbatical refers to social work, done away from the regular work schedule, for the general good of the society.

Divorced but friends forever: How HUL created brand ambassadors of its ex-employees

Divorced but friends forever: How HUL created brand ambassadors of its ex-employees

Sandip Ghose | Kolkata | Monday, 13 June 2016

Much before ‘happy exits’ had become fashionable in the corporate world, HUL had learnt the trick to keep its ex’s happy and involved.

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How to detoxify the workplace

Shalini Singh | Pune | Tuesday, 31 May 2016

It has been observed that if organisations take corrective measures in counselling and training such toxic managers, they can turn out to be really productive. 

IR: Seed to banyan tree

IR: Seed to banyan tree

PH Singh | New Delhi | Friday, 20 May 2016

The eight stages of an effective IR.

Celebrate failure the PDCA way!

Celebrate failure the PDCA way!

Awantika Bhardwaj | Pune | Wednesday, 20 April 2016

HR have a bigger responsibility of creating avenues or environments for employees to fail freely as the Gen Y—the highly tech savvy and feedback-oriented generation— is at work. 

 

How to groom workers at the shop floor?

How to groom workers at the shop floor?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Monday, 18 April 2016

Erikson’s theory of child development can be applied to Industrial Relations.

Why Indian companies need culture chiefs?

Why Indian companies need culture chiefs?

Sanjeev Agrawal | Mumbai | Wednesday, 06 April 2016

Building a strong organisation culture seems to be on top of the list of priorities for companies

Is it time to freeze ‘cold calling’?

Is it time to freeze ‘cold calling’?

Juhi Gupte | Mumbai | Monday, 04 April 2016

When you make calls to poach a candidate, just remember, you are not selling credit cards, you are in the business, which is lot more significant and life-changing.

Four dimensions of industrial relations

Four dimensions of industrial relations

PH Singh | New Delhi | Monday, 28 March 2016

IR is simply the science and art of togetherness. Learn about the appropriate length, width, depth and time for industrial relations.

Antidepressants are not the answer to toxic bosses

Antidepressants are not the answer to toxic bosses

Sandip Ghose | Kolkata | Friday, 18 March 2016

Despite the challenges they pose, it is not too difficult to deal with venomous superiors.

Why talking to colleagues is important?

Why talking to colleagues is important?

Rajeev Bhardwaj | Mumbai | Thursday, 17 March 2016

Effective internal communication is critical to organisational well-being.

 

Why companies should consider employee sabbaticals

Why companies should consider employee sabbaticals

Nishit Sood | Mumbai | Friday, 04 March 2016

Companies often debate between costs and the perceived value – both tangible and real – and HR has a hard time selling the concept. 

What HR won’t reveal about an appraisal discussion

What HR won’t reveal about an appraisal discussion

Smita Dinesh | Mumbai | Thursday, 03 March 2016

Actions speak louder than words: Most people feel they will be held more accountable for their speech than for their gestures or body language.

Life in matrix: How to deal with multiple reporting managers

Life in matrix: How to deal with multiple reporting managers

Komal Laddha | Hyderabad | Friday, 26 February 2016

Working in a matrix structure, with several reporting managers increases exposure to different domains and offers immense learning opportunities. At the same time, it might also be one of the reasons for pulling down a professional career, unless extra caution is exercised.

Succession Planning: The 'self' is as important as the 'other'

Succession Planning: The 'self' is as important as the 'other'

Vivek Saha | Mumbai | Tuesday, 09 February 2016

While grooming their team members to take on newer responsibilities and helping them develop newer competencies, managers should also maintain their individual learning curve to stay relevant. 

What motivates employees the most?

What motivates employees the most?

Prachi Dubey | New Delhi | Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Is it incentives, bonuses, or promotions? Can it be the number of leaves and holidays or the goodness of the boss? Is it praise, reward or recognition? Will the fun element at work, the off-sites, team spirit, or competition act as motivating factors? 

The value of ‘instant appreciation' vs ‘awards’ a year later

The value of ‘instant appreciation' vs ‘awards’ a year later

Vivek Saha | Mumbai | Monday, 25 January 2016

This story may not seem unusual to those from the corporate jungle. However, this instance is likely to force many to ponder on some of the practices we tend to accept as normal.

Can we build-up a productive and sustained industrial relations?

Can we build-up a productive and sustained industrial relations?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Friday, 08 January 2016

Hypocrisy is what is observed these days, in the name of decency and tolerance, and the key source of most IR trouble.

Six HR myths that may continue in 2016

Six HR myths that may continue in 2016

Mohit Gundecha | Mumbai | Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Certain things are better conveyed via healthy sarcasm. Use it at your own discretion!

The dilemma of an HR professional

The dilemma of an HR professional

Manish Pruthi | Lucknow | Wednesday, 09 December 2015

Choosing between wrong things can be quite challenging, especially when the options aren't many.

Stepmoms of the corporate world

Stepmoms of the corporate world

Vivek Saha | Mumbai | Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Step-motherly treatment or subconscious discrimination is not just common in families but in the corporate world too. Let’s judge a fictitious corporate situation and decide who is at fault. 

The 'USP' and 'MYIP' of employee feedback

The 'USP' and 'MYIP' of employee feedback

Aparna Chakravorty | Bengaluru | Thursday, 08 October 2015

An attempt to highlight the importance of feedback and identify some derailers that lead to failure in the process.

Here’s why Joseph Folkman believes ‘millennials’ make better managers

Here’s why Joseph Folkman believes ‘millennials’ make better managers

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Thursday, 08 October 2015

Folkman wrote in his blog why he thinks younger managers are better performers.

Can law ensure a happy & prosperous industrial relations?

Can law ensure a happy & prosperous industrial relations?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Thursday, 01 October 2015

Industry laws are meant to make us behave right in a social and natural context, but the trouble begins when someone starts behaving in an unsynchronised way.

Seven myths of decision making

Seven myths of decision making

Pranab Chakraborty & Bijal Chhaya | Bengaluru | Monday, 21 September 2015

Decision making is not fortune telling, and good decisions do not always result in predictable outcomes.

Why incentives fail to work?

Why incentives fail to work?

Smita Dinesh | Mumbai | Friday, 18 September 2015

What is needed is a moment of insight/self-assessment and not an incentive, to improve performance

Are we really facing a talent shortage?

Are we really facing a talent shortage?

Rajesh Tripathi | GHCL | New Delhi | Thursday, 17 September 2015

It is hard to believe that in a country with 1.2 billion people; there could be a shortage of talent.

The 30-30-30-10 rule in hiring

The 30-30-30-10 rule in hiring

Jhuma Tiwade | Mumbai | Tuesday, 15 September 2015

When in a tight schedule, the 30-30-30-10 rule turns out to be quite effective. It helps in making a confident decision. Here is how.

Industrial relations: The most ignored subject in HR education

Industrial relations: The most ignored subject in HR education

PH Singh | New Delhi | Tuesday, 08 September 2015

The education system has to be redesigned to equip future IR practitioners with the skills to handle the behavioural variables of the highly ambitious and impatient organised workforce

Pareto Principle or Long Tail? What should be the focus for HR?

Pareto Principle or Long Tail? What should be the focus for HR?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 04 September 2015

Should we focus on 20 per cent of the workforce and inspire them to perform even better? Or should we try and derive maximum output from the remaining 80 per cent? 

For the sake of HR round

For the sake of HR round

Varsha Nagpal | Mumbai | Tuesday, 25 August 2015

An interesting observation on the importance of HR round of interviews in the recruitment process.

Are we not fed up of preaching?

Are we not fed up of preaching?

PH Singh | New Delhi | Monday, 17 August 2015

No sermon tells us to define a list of values for others. We should practice what we preach and leave it to those interested to follow.

4 questions to ask post a training programme

4 questions to ask post a training programme

Smita Dinesh | Mumbai | Monday, 03 August 2015

Genuine learning is only half achieved through the experience itself. The other half may be more challenging as it requires us to pause, introspect and reflect.

Indian HR practices: Need for a revamp

Indian HR practices: Need for a revamp

Mruthyanjaya Rao | Hyderabad | Tuesday, 28 July 2015

With India set to become the youngest country by 2020, it is time to adopt standard people management practices through public–private partnership.