P&M HR Roundtable - It's About Transparency, Objectivity, Employer Branding & Much More

People and Management, India's premium Corporate HR Magazine, organised HR Roundtables at The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, New Delhi on August 30, 2016.

The agenda for the first HR Roundtable was 'HR Best Hiring Practices'. The moderator, Mr P V Sebastian, Co-Founder and Director, Sage Global HR, engaged the audience by sharing interesting HR practices for Talent Acquisition.

In her welcome remarks, co-moderator Ms Simin Askari, Vice President, Corporate HR, DS Group enlightened the gathering by amazing insights on 'Employee Lifecycle Management'. Ms Askari talked about 'I love my work' contest, where best reason was posted on LinkedIn.

The session deliberated upon ways to best define the parameters for a particular job position before going on to the screening stage, and motivation provided by monetary and reward options.

Mr Deepak Bharara, CHRO, Lanco Group stressed on the need for creating Employer's Brand. Most participants opined that increasing number of dropouts is the main problem of Talent Acquisition, which can be countered by focusing on engagement. Since now most of the hiring is done by social platforms or through 'word of mouth', it is important to identify whether the person is culturally fit or not.

The presentation by Bajaj Allianz Group focused on ways to enhance social security of employees by managing employee's fund, and good gratuity schemes.

The second Roundtable was on 'Attracting and Retaining Best Top Talent'. In her opening remarks, Ms Runa Maitra, HR Head, Mera Jobs India, elaborated on various HR practices for attracting top talent. While employer branding emerged as an effective way to attract talent, the discussion also threw light on the fact that since employees want at least 14- 15 variations in their work, attrition cannot be controlled.

Guest Speaker, Mr Pallav Sinha, Founder, Mera Jobs India said that different individuals have different benchmarks in hiring. "Today, data is very easily available National Career Service has 36 million Job seekers who are registered , clearly signifying numbers who have intent to work better. Success is a unique combination of skill, experience, science and art; it's people who really drive success", he added.

Interesting insights came to the fore during the second Roundtable. To retain the talent, motivate them and have long lasting working relationships, it is advisable that HR should go back to basics. It is a two- way process; employees must feel that their suggestions and opinions are valued. Anything without transparency would fail, objectivity should be maintained.

"Mapping to requirements, reward and recognition, high value training can retain employees for a long time adding values to the organisation," said Mr Murali Mohan KN, DGM - Human Resources, Sathguru Management Consultants (P) LTD.

The day-long HR Roundtable was supported by P&M's valued partners - Sage Global HR, The Centre of Excellence, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd. The event was attended by HR professionals from Lanco Group, Geodis Overseas Pvt. Ltd, Secure Meters Limited, India Glycols Ltd, Prudent Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd., People Strong, Faurecia Automotive, Airports Authority of India, Petro IT LTD., Veolia India, Sathguru Management Consultants, Cargo Partner Logistics India Pvt. LTD, Open Media Networks Pvt. Ltd., Eon Electric Ltd, Marks and Spencer, J K Cement, Planman Consulting Pvt. Ltd, AMTEK Group.

People and Management Publisher & CEO Ms Linda Brady Hawke delivered the vote of thanks.

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