Con­fer­ence un­der­scores im­por­tance of work­force on over­all growth of com­pa­nies

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

THE two-day na­tional con­fer­ence or­gan­ised by the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment on “HR Po­si­tion­ing in Cur­rent Dis­rup­tive Busi­ness En­vi­ron­ment” was in­au­gu­rated by ‘Mafoi’ K Pan­di­ara­jan, Min­is­ter for Tamil Cul­ture and lan­guage at Taj Coro­man­del Ho­tel on Fri­day.

Pan­di­ara­jan, who founded a hu­man re­sources con­sult­ing firm, em­pha­sised the need to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the work­force and their con­tri­bu­tion to the over­all re­sult of a com­pany. At a time when the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, driven by tech­nol­ogy, is in a con­stant state of flux, the bedrock of such ad­vance­ment – the peo­ple – are ig­nored. “Hu­man Re­sources should in­vite them­selves to the ta­ble,” said Suresh Narayan, chief man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Nes­tle In­dia who de­liv­ered the key­note ad­dress.

“The opin­ions of the work­force are just as im­por­tant as the ones of those who man­ages them,” he said while ad­dress­ing the 800 HR per­son­nel from In­dia and abroad at the event. The other speak­ers at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion on how busi­nesses are rewrit­ing their strate­gies, Aravind Balaji, joint man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Lu­cas TVS and ISAK Nazar, chair­man, Manna group of com­pa­nies, agreed that per­son­nel sat­is­fac­tion greatly con­trib­uted to the long term growth of a com­pany.

Speak­ers along with Muthuku­mar Thanu, chief of HR at TAFE, who was the mod­er­a­tor of the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion, em­pha­sised how at a time when dis­rup­tion is the new con­stant, ‘flex­i­bil­ity’ is a skill that is highly de­sired.

The next ses­sion which dis­cussed how tech­nol­ogy is the big­gest dis­rup­tor of the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment also pointed out how tech­nol­ogy can be em­ployed in the field of hu­man re­sources. “I vouched for an in­de­pen­dent tech team for man­ag­ing HR pro­cesses when I was at Gen­eral Elec­tri­cals,” said Raj Ragha­van, head of HR for Ama­zon in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

Girish Mathru­bootham, CEO of Fresh­works, a global so­lu­tions com­pany based out of Chennai, re­vealed how FB work­place redefined the work ethic at Fresh­works. “Em­ploy­ees got off other so­cial me­dia and were hooked since there was no pre-train­ing re­quired to use work­place,” said the win­ner of ET start up of 2016.

S Gurumurthy, Ed­i­tor of Tugh­lak, said that while dis­rup­tions in cul­ture and tech­nol­ogy have po­larised the west, In­dia has been in­cu­bated from such dan­ger­ous oc­cur­rences. “While the west is drown­ing in debt, we are afloat thanks to our sav­ings and idea of so­ci­ety,” he said while out­lin­ing the role of the gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety towards dis­rup­tions.

“You don’t have time to fight on casteist or re­li­gious lines when you are in busi­ness with your neigh­bour,” he said.

SU­N­ISH P SUREN­DRAN

(From left) Somesh Dasgupta, na­tional pres­i­dent, Na­tional In­sti­tute of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment, K Pan­di­ara­jan, Min­is­ter for Tamil Of­fi­cial Lan­guage and Tamil Cul­ture and Dr S K Acharya, NLCIL CMD at the con­fer­ence on Fri­day |

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