Jeroo Chandiok
Management Consultancy & Training &
Rajat Joshi
Hr Consulting ,trainer -creative Thinking
Govardhan
Senior Hr Manager
Shijumatthew
Recruitment Executive
Roop2006
Hr Manager

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Hey all HR guys there ...

Its really great to have a career in HR ..see the below link ..HR Manager is the 4th best job in America ...isnt it great ..

http://time.com <link updated to site home>

I really enjoy HR. It is a difficult job and you never get bored. I do feel sometimes as if I am a babysitter or the mother hen. Working with diverse individuals and various personalities is challenging. Getting heard and understood is a very difficult challenge I face at my job. Realizing what needs to be done to improve the overall performance of the company and to improve the "bottom-line" and not being heard or shot down is very tough. You do not go into this job because you like people. You need common sense, must be able to control your emotions, and have a strong disposition in order handle the tough parts of the job, and must be able to handle various situations.

A career in HR is always interesting and challenging and frequently rewarding -- but low stress? Not a bit.

So now, wed like to hear more about what you think of the HR profession. What do you like about your job? What do you dislike?

Please do mention your comments as to how do u feel yourself as your carer in HR?

Regards..

Roop

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Its the most endearing job to have........handling people, understanding their sensibilities and trying to make sure that they give thrir best for the organization is so facinating..;;;
Yes its challenging, but then the satisfaction of achieving a major change in an individuals attitude and performance is unexplanable...........
The statement mentioned here of the feeling of a caretaker is so true, and what does one get for that......Only complaints (that's part and parcel of life i guess)...
Just believing that the people start respecting the profession out here also and give the credit it deservess.....On hindsight, it will depend on everyone of us to make sure that we prove as valuable assets(tangible or intangible) to the company.......
Regards
Shiju Mathai
Hi Roop,
It is really very heartening to see a HR guy, who has understood the role and qualities needed of a HR person. When you ask someone into HR or wants to be, you hear almost the stereotype answer - 'I like people, I like working with people....' and such thoughtless answers.
It is very rare to see a guy like you with correct thinking about the profession.
I request you to please respond to Amitranjan, who is very much frustrated about his HR role in his company. Please see his topic - 'Need help about my existence.' (Talk to seniors)
I am also trying to give him few ideas.
Regards,
Govardhan
Roop

Your comments (below) are excellent :

"I really enjoy HR. It is a difficult job and you never get bored. I do feel sometimes as if I am a babysitter or the mother hen. Working with diverse individuals and various personalities is challenging. Getting heard and understood is a very difficult challenge I face at my job. Realizing what needs to be done to improve the overall performance of the company and to improve the "bottom-line" and not being heard or shot down is very tough. You do not go into this job because you like people. You need common sense, must be able to control your emotions, and have a strong disposition in order to handle the tough parts of the job, and must be able to handle various situations.

A career in HR is always interesting and challenging and frequently rewarding -- but low stress? Not a bit. "

I'd like to add some more comments :

Yes, it is a career which is always interesting and challenging and frequently rewarding - but also emotionally satisfying. You need to genuinely understand and relate to people, but as you said You need common sense, must be able to control your emotions, and have a strong disposition in order to handle the tough parts of the job, and must be able to handle various situations.



And yes, it is stressful - because the remedies you feel are most appropriate have to be 'sold' to senior management, and that at times, leads to the most frustrating part of your duties, as even if you enjoy good rapport with your senior management, they are not always willing, or able, to listen, or quote vague terms like 'corporate policy'.......

However, it can help you build on your strengths, acquire more relationship skills, learn flexibility, and how to compromise more adequately, how to look for solutions, not at problems, and most important, it will help build up your character. Equally important, it will teach you to expect the unexpected, and be able to deal with it! Believe me, it's never dull, being in HR!

And this is what all budding HR junior executives need to realise - it's not just being able to remember and apply rules and regulations, it's throwing yourself head first into complexities and complications, and yet emerging successful.



Early in my career, I had spent a few years in IR and HR myself, and found this experience of great help when I became a management consultant, because it gave me such valuable insights into relationships, conflicts and compromises.

I'd like to hear more from the rest of you HR executives and managers!

Jeroo
Hi Folks,

Am coming this forum after a long time and am delighted to note the wonderful & contents of discussions taking place on this forum.

Hi Roop,

Thanks for sharing this link with us.

I wonder where HR stands in India?.. :D

Recently i attended the program by Dr T V Rao and realisation dawned upon after interacting with the participants that we the HR Fraternity have a long way to go proving ourselves to be a Strategic Partner :(

We are becoming or rather treated as transaction process oriented and sometimes we fail to quantify our measures/performances linked to bottom line - which is a key area and we all need to focus and work on that.

Partly, the reason is that we HR professionals are not regulated like other professionals like CAs or Doctors therefore there is a percieved lack of credibility by the Companies in general.

This was re-confirmed by one of my junior who recently went for the final round of interview with CEO of MNC n he had to wait for a quite sometime as CEO was meeting the Marketing Head & when his turn came it just lasted for 15 minutes compared to 1 hr with Marketing head. Though he got the offer but he had mixed feelings/opinion about the company - which he shared with me and i advised him to re-think on this offer.

The bottomline is that we HR professionals in India in particular need to be more focused on Company Goals and add value or align HR processes accordingly.

Partly, the reason is that we HR professionals are not regulated like other professionals like CAs or Doctors therefore there is a percieved lack of credibility by the Companies in general.

Please read the September issue of Harvard Business Review to find out how critical HR is to an organisation. Though I agree 100% with what is written but I doubt if HR can play-out their strategic role in developing and underdeveloped countries. Interestingly, the article "How to Fix HR" talks of HR being responsible and accountable for performance. HR have the mandate to get rid of incompetent and non performing people, including that from line management. What it refers to is that HR are no longer seen as advisory and supportive units but rather given leadership authority to enforce its functional role.

Well i would like to ask all of you is how many of you can make this statement " Our CEOs have given HR a "CLEAR" mandate over its line management.



My own experience and networking information suggests that HR are struggling to play second fiddle to line management when it comes to "enforcement" .

Regards,

Rajat Joshi
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