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Quirky jobs most people wish they had

Quirky jobs most people wish they had

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 18 August 2017

Did you know there are well-paid jobs that let you splurge, travel the world, eat to your heart’s content or drink the most exquisite liquors as part of your role?

How different is employee engagement from employee experience?

How different is employee engagement from employee experience?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 11 August 2017

Are employee engagement and experience two sides of the same coin or is there something that differentiates the two? HRKatha finds out.

Mythbusters in HR: 2017

Mythbusters in HR: 2017

Avinash Kumar | HRKatha | Bengaluru | Thursday, 10 August 2017

A study by Namely takes cue from 1,25,000 employees and digs into real data points—real employees, real HR departments, real companies—and not just hypothetical situations.

Why is rest best to combat work stress?

Why is rest best to combat work stress?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 03 August 2017

While resting seems unproductive, research shows it may be one of the most productive of activities.

The loopholes in employee verification systems

The loopholes in employee verification systems

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 02 August 2017

Employee verification companies in India still lack diligence and awareness for ensuring tightly-knit, standardised holistic processes. What purpose do they solve? Are they mere checkboxes? HRKatha explores!

A ‘two pizza team’: How does it benefit businesses?

A ‘two pizza team’: How does it benefit businesses?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 28 July 2017

The two-pizza team rule states that a team should only include as many people as two pizzas can feed.

How do PSUs retain & motivate talent despite low packages?

How do PSUs retain & motivate talent despite low packages?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 25 July 2017

While PSUs offer comparatively lower salary than private players, they offer job security, work-life balance and hoards of other benefits. Is that why employees stay put with a PSU or is it the comfort that makes them linger on? HRKatha reviews the war of talent between PSUs and private companies.

Mind it – it’s a mental wellness leave, not sick leave!

Mind it – it’s a mental wellness leave, not sick leave!

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 13 July 2017

While most people hesitate to talk about their mental wellbeing, it is crucial for one to sustain both work life and personal life, in general.

Tech Mahindra firing fiasco: CHRO’s call for ‘Downsizing with Dignity’ & other measures

Tech Mahindra firing fiasco: CHRO’s call for ‘Downsizing with Dignity’ & other measures

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Tech Mahindra firing:  CHRO’s call for ‘Downsizing with Dignity’Downsizing is inevitable, but it has to be done with dignity else unions will play their role. CHROs spoke to HRKatha on several lessons from the entire episode.

What’s in a name: Do quirky job titles always work?

What’s in a name: Do quirky job titles always work?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 03 July 2017

Do unusual titles really make a difference or can they place things out of context, leaving others scouting for details about the role?

Coach vs. Captain: What it takes for a fruitful relationship

Coach vs. Captain: What it takes for a fruitful relationship

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 22 June 2017

A coach should be able to establish trust with the team, especially the high performers.

How absurd! What’s your greatest weakness?

How absurd! What’s your greatest weakness?

Lipi Agrawal & Avinash Kumar | HRKatha | New Delhi | Bengaluru | Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Weaknesses are contextual. So, why do recruiters still ask this futile question?

Quirky workplace perks from across the globe

Quirky workplace perks from across the globe

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Organisations provide various options, helping employees to take quick breaks and refresh; however even these perks lose appeal after a while, forcing organisations to think beyond.

How do Jerks become Bosses

How do Jerks become Bosses

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 12 May 2017

Whether or not organisations accept their existence jerks are an integral part of the system. Who creates these jerks? People say they themselves do. Do jerks get priority in promotions or they become one after getting promoted?

Rising voices of techie-unions now seem inevitable

Rising voices of techie-unions now seem inevitable

Prajjal Saha | Bengaluru | Thursday, 11 May 2017

Large-scale white-collar displacement at middle and senior levels is a relatively new phenomenon in the Indian business environment, which both employees and employers are ill equipped to handle. This will certainly increase the chances of unions playing a more dominant role.

Is IT losing its sheen as favourite employer?

Is IT losing its sheen as favourite employer?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 09 May 2017

With dipping revenues, falling hiring numbers and the kind of talent sought by IT industry undergoing a massive change, what will keep the charm intact? 

Why women are better bosses

Why women are better bosses

HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Friday, 21 April 2017

Here are the few reasons why women make better superiors or managers than their male counterparts.

Employee productivity improves in India, Indonesia & Philippines; rest of Asia descends

Employee productivity improves in India, Indonesia & Philippines; rest of Asia descends

HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Wednesday, 19 April 2017

According to the Workforce Analytics Institute, rising wage pressure, lack of skills to leverage technology, ineffective leadership and low engagement levels are making it difficult for firms to deliver productivity gains in Asian countries.

A functioning mind: the only requirement for employment in future

A functioning mind: the only requirement for employment in future

HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Monday, 17 April 2017

Tesla founder, Elon Musk, predicts that MMI will allow humans to lease their mind hours with low-cost training and patterns fed into the human brains.

Bad appraisal? Fret not; make a smart move, not a desperate one

Bad appraisal? Fret not; make a smart move, not a desperate one

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 13 April 2017

Experts across industries believe that a hasty decision taken under the impact of a dissatisfactory appraisal may not be a wise thing to do.

When are you going the family way?

When are you going the family way?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 11 April 2017

With the new Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016 offering 26 weeks’ leave, it is being feared that recruiters will now discreetly yet increasingly ask women candidates whether they plan to start a family. A candidate can refuse to answer the question.

Tata Motors wage pact is all about giving workmen their due share of respect and earning

Tata Motors wage pact is all about giving workmen their due share of respect and earning

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | Mumbai | Tuesday, 04 April 2017

The blue-collared workers are set to receive their share of respect, acknowledgement and compensation as the company recently signed a landmark agreement with its Pune plant workers, linking wages to performance.

Workplace Snooping: Are you killing productivity in the greed for more?

Workplace Snooping: Are you killing productivity in the greed for more?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 03 March 2017

With the world of work moving towards freedom and flexibility, policing and spying on employees can have negative impacts.

Five futile exercises HR should immediately discontinue

Five futile exercises HR should immediately discontinue

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Organisations or HR continue with certain age-old practices, which actually hold back optimum performance of employees.

'Who follows what' between talent & industries

'Who follows what' between talent & industries

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Time and again this chicken and egg situation has forced organisations to rethink their business and talent strategies.

Workplace citizenship: The way to nurture loyalists

Workplace citizenship: The way to nurture loyalists

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 17 February 2017

Are organisations truly able to create an enabling environment to make people feel valued, cared for and connected to the soul of the organisation?

Indians put looooong hours at work: a major health hazard

Indians put looooong hours at work: a major health hazard

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 08 February 2017

Indians, on an average, work over 60–70 hours a week, and also suffer the hassle of commuting. The International labour organisation had set a weekly limit of 48 hours, that too some 80 years ago. 

Dos & Don’ts to make your LinkedIn profile more prominent

Dos & Don’ts to make your LinkedIn profile more prominent

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Friday, 03 February 2017

Helping people avoid the most common turn-offs in a profile, LinkedIn recently announced the top 10 overused buzzwords and phrases by Indian professionals in their LinkedIn profiles.

What India’s Union budget for 2017–18 has in store for jobs

What India’s Union budget for 2017–18 has in store for jobs

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Friday, 03 February 2017

This year’s budget also looks to be in line with the Modi government’s strong focus on creating jobs and encouraging skilling efforts, since it took over in May 2014.

How talent management is evolving into people management?

How talent management is evolving into people management?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Talent management is about understanding your key people and what you need to do, in order to ensure the constant development of the organisation’s capabilities and talent.

How to bond with a robo-boss?

How to bond with a robo-boss?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 02 January 2017

With increasing automation, humans are drifting towards logic, but emotions still play an inevitable part in impacting thoughts and decisions, differentiating machines from humans.

Three ways HR can help companies save money

Three ways HR can help companies save money

HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Monday, 19 December 2016

The relationship between HR and finance is integral to a company’s success.

How chatbots can redefine HR?

How chatbots can redefine HR?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 09 December 2016

Chatbots is emerging as the latest fad in HR. The whole technological experience leaves HR more empowered than ever.

Measuring ROI in HR: What it really means

Measuring ROI in HR: What it really means

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Organisations need to measure long-term success by analysing short-term failures. ROI should be based on accountability and should not be lost by the arithmetics of it.

How AI and robots are transforming banking jobs in India

How AI and robots are transforming banking jobs in India

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The robots are handling high-volume and time-consuming business tasks, allowing bankers to focus on more value-added services.

What’s the culture at co-working spaces

What’s the culture at co-working spaces

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 25 November 2016

Co-working spaces are not just about flexible working and affordable prices but about an environment that inspires people to work while building synergies with other companies and people around.

The benefits of hiring ‘Silver Set’

The benefits of hiring ‘Silver Set’

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 17 October 2016

Organisations are increasingly hiring and retaining retired professionals beyond their normal term, as part-time/contractual advisors or consultants.

Do white collars need a ‘union’ for their voice?

Do white collars need a ‘union’ for their voice?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 27 September 2016

White-collar employees are left to fight on their own in case of mass retrenchment, unlike their manufacturing counterparts. Should there be a union to ensure them a fair deal?

Why Indian techies prefer to work on projects, not products

Why Indian techies prefer to work on projects, not products

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 19 September 2016

Despite several engineers graduating each year, the IT product industry faces a dearth of creative talent. Here’s why.

How viable is Amazon’s 30-hr work week?

How viable is Amazon’s 30-hr work week?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | Bengaluru | Thursday, 01 September 2016

Will this remain just a pilot initiative or does it have the potential to scale up?

Is it safe to BYOD to work?

Is it safe to BYOD to work?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 08 August 2016

Bring Your Own Device offers some interesting benefits to employers and employees both, yet a lot of organisations are giving up on this idea

Gender pay equity — the key to boosting gender diversity

Gender pay equity — the key to boosting gender diversity

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 04 August 2016

The issue of gender pay gap has been persistent and has a tendency to keep growing with career progression.

Do engineers make better HR professionals?

Do engineers make better HR professionals?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 25 July 2016

Engineers have an eclectic mix of business sense, analytical skills and even people management but do these qualities make them able HR professionals.

Pokemon Go: Five lessons for the corporate

Pokemon Go: Five lessons for the corporate

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 21 July 2016

The globally popular game, based on augmented reality, has some important lessons for organisations too.

Why hire a ‘misfit’?

Why hire a ‘misfit’?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | Kolkata | Wednesday, 13 July 2016

People who don't quite fit the bill have been found to make the most significant impact on a company's success.

Pay raises eat into profits: Where does it stop?

Pay raises eat into profits: Where does it stop?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 11 July 2016

The employee cost of organisations has increased from 7.6 per cent of the revenue in 2012, to 11.3 per cent in FY16.

How Brexit will make the world a different place

How Brexit will make the world a different place

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 27 June 2016

Not surprisingly though, UK’s decision to leave, had immediate consequences that spread like wildfire. The pound literally dropped off a cliff as the stocks came tumbling down

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Surveys report increased hiring: An illusion or a reality?

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Thursday, 16 June 2016

Various global and local surveys recently revealed a growing focus around workforce expansion plans but whether organisations are actually ready to absorb all that talent, is yet to be seen!

Now sensors to measure ergonomics & employee performance

Now sensors to measure ergonomics & employee performance

HRK News Bureau | Bengaluru | Tuesday, 14 June 2016

These sensors can gather critical information such as duration of posture change, level of carbon dioxide, facial muscle strain and skin temperature. All of these can help organisations evaluate whether the employee is focused on intense work, is recharging, or is frustrated.

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Creative makeover of workplaces

Lipi Agrawal | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 06 June 2016

Chairs in offices are giving way to quirky bean bags or couches, and swanky coffee tables are replacing the boring study/work desks. Even the conference rooms are getting more playful, be it with the furniture, the décor or the entire setup itself.

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IT pulls talent through codeathons

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Coding contests are emerging as one of the most sought after ways for organisations to access top technology talent.

Is corporate India ready to hire mediocre?

Is corporate India ready to hire mediocre?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 01 April 2016

The basic hiring strategy and talent requirement is different for the private and public sectors. In such a scenario, are they ready to drink from the same pool?

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How ‘design thinking’ can be an effective tool for human resources

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 14 March 2016

Design thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user,  be it the customer or the employee.

Perks: A way to say you care

Perks: A way to say you care

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Monday, 29 February 2016

Designing a perk is an exercise. In the minds of employees, perks serve as a significant differentiator between companies.

Acquihiring: Few things to watch out for

Acquihiring: Few things to watch out for

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 22 February 2016

How does an organisation ring fence the acquired talent?

Wake up call: Young India inadequately prepared for retirement

Wake up call: Young India inadequately prepared for retirement

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Friday, 19 February 2016

The next decade or two may see retirees in India facing the challenge of inadequate incomes.

Employee behaviour: A new metric in performance review

Employee behaviour: A new metric in performance review

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Swiss bank, UBS, has introduced ‘employee behaviour’ as an integral part of the performance review giving as much as 30 per cent weightage while deciding the bonus payable to the employee.

How intelligent automation is reinventing the workplace

How intelligent automation is reinventing the workplace

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Monday, 15 February 2016

Organisations are ready to hire new set of recruits – not the millennials or Gen Z – it’s the smart machines and artificial intelligence. The new workplace will see humans and intelligent machines working in tandem.

Analysing horoscopes as hiring tool

Analysing horoscopes as hiring tool

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Large companies in India as well as in other advanced markets are resorting to astrology to find the best fit. 

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Major job-market transformation in five years: World Economic Forum

HRK News Bureau | Mumbai | Tuesday, 19 January 2016

New skillsets will be required to thrive in the new landscape, attributed to new fields, such as artificial intelligence, machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, genetics and biotechnology.

Big Boss is watching

Big Boss is watching

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 21 December 2015

Putting employees under surveillance to measure efficiency, and ensure data security is a common practice. However, constant surveillance also increases fear and stress levels in employees and decreases trust levels.  

What the workplace may look like in 2016

What the workplace may look like in 2016

HRK News Bureau | Mumbai | Monday, 14 December 2015

An evaluation of how different aspects of the workplace can undergo changes and impact the place of work.

Is the Peter Principle relevant today?

Is the Peter Principle relevant today?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 07 December 2015

The Principle was definitely applicable when individual careers were typically stable, linear and mostly confined to one company. Surprisingly, in the new workplace, the rule still holds true, though the context has changed. 

When layoffs become inevitable: The painful story

When layoffs become inevitable: The painful story

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Loss of job is undoubtedly an emotional time when people feel alone, scared and vulnerable. It is important for an employer to smoothen the termination process, show compassion and empathy and re-instate trust. The employees must see the decision as a necessity for business rather than a witch hunt!

How e-commerce is redefining HR

How e-commerce is redefining HR

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 16 November 2015

Though business in e-commerce is driven by technology, the human element continues to play a pivotal role in new-age economies, making the role of HR more dynamic and challenging.

What is it like to report to a younger boss?

What is it like to report to a younger boss?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Friday, 06 November 2015

The workplace today has vast generational differences, often leading to conflicting opinions and rough situations. Here is how one can make the environment more conducive and collaborative.

Who is the right CHRO?

Who is the right CHRO?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 11 August 2015

In the last one week, three of India’s largest corporate houses have appointed a non-HR executive to lead the human resources function. What works best — a non-functionally trained CHRO or a functionally trained HR leader? The debate is on. 

Inclusive culture essential for high-performing workplace

Inclusive culture essential for high-performing workplace

HRK News Bureau | Mumbai | Friday, 10 July 2015

An organisational culture cannot be imposed on the workforce; it has to be built mutually by the employers and the employees.

Employees as footsoldiers

Trouble in the backyard

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Monday, 08 June 2015

Nestle’s Maggi is undergoing a major crisis and the entire leadership is busy firefighting. However, an effective internal communication plan can be helpful in dousing the fire faster.

Top reasons why people call it quits

Top reasons why people call it quits

Anam Ajmal | HRKatha | Kolkata | Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Personal commitments and search for greener pastures seem to be the main reasons for people ending their job contracts across the world.

Rewards, recognition & motivation

Rewards, recognition & motivation

Anam Ajmal | HRKatha | Kolkata | Wednesday, 27 May 2015

What is more effective — rewards or recognition? Each has its own advantages. HR Katha finds the right strategy to keep the workforce motivated.

Boomerang Employees: What's in it?

Boomerang Employees: What's in it?

Moupia Basu | HRKatha | Pune | Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Corporates today are more than willing to get back their former employees, who, in turn, are happy to rejoin. So, why is it that companies are willing to take back those who left for greener pastures?

What’s there in a job?

What’s there in a job?

Moupia Basu | HRKatha | Pune | Thursday, 07 May 2015

Organisations today are grappling with job offer rejections which severely impact business. What are the factors responsible for candidates to turn down seemingly attractive jobs?

Better safe than sorry

Better safe than sorry

Moupia Basu | HRKatha | Pune | Wednesday, 06 May 2015

World Safety Day was observed on April 28, followed by the UN Global Safety Week scheduled from May 4–10. Organisations across the nation used this as an opportunity to review their organisational safety measures and reinforce among their employees and business associates the need to be safe and well.

A memorable exit

A memorable exit

Akanksha Pawha | New Delhi | Friday, 17 April 2015

A strong exit programme is as critical for an organisation as an induction programme.

Employee verification: Better to be safe than sorry

Employee verification: Better to be safe than sorry

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Tuesday, 10 March 2015

It is time Indian companies realised the importance of employee verification. After all, a wrong hire can cause great losses

Millennials vs Baby Boomers: The changing landscape at workplace

Millennials vs Baby Boomers: The changing landscape at workplace

Mansi Ghuwalewala | HRKatha | Mumbai | Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Millennials, who comprise around 50 per cent of the workforce, are not just pushing the companies to change their interiors; the transformation is evident in ergonomics, structure, cultures and work norms as well.

Is ‘Purple Squirrel’ a myth in talent acquisition?

Is ‘Purple Squirrel’ a myth in talent acquisition?

Prajjal Saha | HRKatha | New Delhi | Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A ‘Purple Squirrel’ is a game changer, armed with every attribute-education, competencies and experience- that would make him/her to be the ultimate find for an employer.

How start-ups can hire better

How start-ups can hire better

Mansi Ghuwalewala | HRKatha | Mumbai | Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Like every start-up promises a differentiated delivery, be it product or service, a fresh approach is much needed when it comes to spotting and sourcing a talent, and also to retain and nurture them.

Obama visit: What does it imply for people business?

Obama visit: What does it imply for people business?

HRK News Bureau | New Delhi | Monday, 02 February 2015

Obama’s promises are expected to expand the job market exponentially. However, this would mean enhanced skillsets for new and existing workforce. Is India Inc. ready to roll?