Hi all,
I have recently joined a start up IT company as a HR. Prior to that I have worked with real estate firm, and I set up HR department their also. Now I want to know what are the steps to be followed to set up a HR department to run the company smoothly as the norms and rules differ from sector to sector.
I would be highly obliged if any body help me in this process.
Thanks & Regards,

From India, Kolkata
Hr Manager
Raj Kumar Hansdah
Shrm, Od, Hrd, Pms

Raj Kumar Hansdah

Dear Priya

Please don't get rattled when people point out that HR differs from sector to sector or some specialized skill is required for a particular sector.

While there is some truth in it, to some extent, especially when we think of HR interventions, employee engagement, HRIS, incentive and compensation management etc etc.; at the basic level all are same.

HRM is basically management of employees and all employees in any sector are humans :) What distinguishes them are their educational and skills level, their aspirations and expectations at economic level, what would make for a motivated and engaged employee etc. etc.

And yes, there are specific Acts and rules for certain sectors.

However, at the very basic level; when you intend to set up an HR deptt., the assignment essentially remains the same, irrespective of which sector you are in. The sectoral differences and their specialities will kick in later in the organizational HR life cycle.

Since you already have the experience of setting up an HR deptt. albeit in a different sector; you are well advised to leverage on your acquired experience.

Also, study the work processes of the new company, employees profiles and job-descriptions, man-power planning and its linkage with the vision, mission and strategies of the company and other relevant information.

On the RHS of this page you will find links and pages of Related Information. Browse through them and enlighten yourself.

In case you still find yourself in trouble, please revert back. Please do not expect anyone to do it for you; or look for a ready-made packaged solution. All organizations are different and unique, just like human beings. Moreover, this is not a one-shot job, but a continuous process. you will have to keep redrafting, revising and refining it till it serves the purpose of your company; rather than just simply look good on paper.

You will need others in different departments, to collaborate with you. There will be several bottle-necks and minor hiccups as you proceed through un-charted water. Wishing you all the best in your journey.

Warm regards.

From India, Delhi
Freelancer Vivek

Dear Priya,

I agree to what Raj had mentioned above.

Keep in mind the basic principles of HRM remains same irrespective of which Industry you sit, however every industry has certain specific requirements (skill set) as well.

Suggest to start with, set up basic hygiene and HRM system & processes.

For taking care of specific requirement you at the same time reach out to your peers and superiors from other department to seek their views on HR and what they would like to see HR shall be doing, this can help you in two ways:

a. will give an impression of collaborative approach &

b. you would exactly know what you need to do specific to industry

and in the process you are more likely to end with a high level rapport with all department without compromising on the quality of your department.

More importantly keep in mind if you had been delivering in your earlier Organisations then I don't see any reason as to why you can't deliver with your current employer so have a firm belief in your capabilities, an open mind and a zeal to learn and excel.

All the best,


From United States, Richardson

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