When it is said that HR is all about people, what does it connotes? What lies in the DNA of HR? Is it same as history told us or is it re-invented? As HR’s role continue to evolve and keep pace with changing needs of business, the historically defined DNA of HR might be true in the past but now it is being re-defined away from past de-codification.
Being in people services business, it is now all about adding value to business through people in a systematic way. This is new DNA of HR. Adding value not in terms of numbers only but through intangibles too. HR has enormous opportunities to be not simply a business partner but raise to the level of business leader. It indicates a significant change. In globalised economy, nothing is certain. Focusing on individuals and its capabilities in developing a culture of performance helps HR becoming a catalyst in sharing common business goals.
For adding value, you need not really to keep relationships away. It may not be a good proposition. HR can not afford to be a mechanically propelled function. Real value to business can only be added when there is a strike in balance between high touch and high tech. It is established through many researches and studies that CEOs spend considerable time in HR issues and this function has drawn their attention. It becomes more serious for HR to define deliverables and work on it. He has to think, speak and act like business person with the back in mind of his people power.
The ability to generate value to business is directly proportionate to the ability of HR in developing leadership at all levels, disseminating knowledge, growing learning opportunities, encouraging divergent and dissent voice and self criticism, challenging status quo and developing people adaptable to change and promote integration.
In this first issue of 2016 cover story, BM speaks to two great minds of the world on DNA of HR. Dave Ulrich from west and T V Rao from east have redefined the complexities of HR at global level as to how HR to move forward to remain relevant in business. It is really exciting to have these two legends together expressing freely on various dimensions.
We have one more special feature for you in this issue. Noted HR personalities like Prasanth Nair, Bimal Rath, Chandan Chattaraj, Mohinish Sinha, Vinod Bidwaik and Sanjay Vats tell you about trends and challenges that are going to influence the HR function in this coming year. A complete knowledge packed issue as ever before.
Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2016!
From India, Delhi
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