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The 4 S of Recruitment

Recruitment involves specification (of the position to be filled), sourcing, screening and selection. Recruitment is an involved process, involving time and effort of many within the organization as well outside the organization. However, most often the process of recruitment is not well appreciated and thus leads to enormous wastage of resources and inefficiencies. Lets understand...

The Panch Marg of Career Development

We all dream of success – of becoming better at our career, leading more fulfilling lives, both professional and personal, and honing our talents which let us excel at our strengths while excising our weaknesses. But in most cases, there is lack of a clear path to tread to get to these destinations and after...

The Problem with HRIS Systems

HRIS are more of IS and less of HR – that’s the biggest problem with HRIS. There are hundreds of HRIS –big and small. They are indeed quite useful in managing many of the HR functions such as employee information management, payroll administration, performance appraisals, and so on. Most of them are client-server applications, while...

The biggest challenge of HR-Individualization

If there is one thing universal and stark characteristic of the “smart” world, it is the glorification of the individual – the individual’s unique needs and wants. HR will have to find ways to tailor their practices and interventions, keeping in mind the needs of the individuals. E Commerce sites are trying to understand the...

The 3 key aspects to one’s skills

One’s skills are judged by the appreciation and application of concepts, understanding of how to use the latest tools and technologies and appreciation of human behavior. Here is a visual designer. He understands the various graphic designing tools like After Effects, Photosphop, Dreamweaver etc. But his ability to understand and create stuff for the targeted...

Understanding proficiencies

Proficiencies Our capabilities also depend on the proficiency levels within the role. For example: two salespersons may have different levels of proficiencies. Two programmers may have different levels of proficiencies. Two writers may have different levels of proficiencies. To understand the concept of proficiency, let us consider the simple example of proficiency with regard to...

Why I dislike the word competencies?

Competencies, Competency management, Competency mapping and Competency based HR and so on are concepts and practices that have evolved in the HR space. But how useful are these? In a world of simplification are they relevant. It is difficult for me to understand the word “Competencies”. It seems somehow cut off from the day to...

Panch mantras of personal wellness

Panch Mantras (five elements) of personal well-being which are the key elements that indicate our well-being in life? The five elements that contribute to our personal well-being: • Wealth • Health • Leisure • Relationships • Spirituality We can easily sense how important these are in our lives, and also gauge how any of these elements are troubling us...

Profile, Engage and Develop Your Skills With A Career Development Plan

Building a rewarding career rests primarily in the hands of every individual, and yet, many progress in their careers more by accident rather than through a process of informed decision-making. Why does this happen? Can a career development plan put you on track? There’s a reason why the most popular notion might not necessarily be the...

Why Psychometric Assessment Tools Don’t Work For HR Management

When we showcase our skills profiling tool/application to people, particularly those with some understanding of HR, I’m often asked if it is a psychometric tool – which it is not! But this often throws up another interesting question – do psychometric assessment tools really paint a true picture of a potential candidate? From several years...