Dear members, In the last week, a report in The Economic Times was published with the above-mentioned heading. The link of the report is as below:
Top preferences for the workforce in India are as below:
  • Career development
  • Learning and training opportunities
  • Good work-life balance
  • Good relationship with superiors
Though the news item is important for Indian business owners, it is also important for HR professionals as it gives insight to them to design their employee policies. Based on the above preferences, following questions HR professionals need to ask to themselves:
a) Do HR professionals plan career of their employees? If yes, then what for what per cent of the employees the career plan has been made?
b) Employees are looking for the learning opportunities. But then this learning should translate into their as well as organisation's growth. Therefore, the pertinent question is how many HR professionals measure the learning effectiveness? Are the tangible results measured?
c) In the newspapers it is common for us to find a job ad that states, "candidate should be ready to work for long working hours". However, with the changed job preferences, not all the candidates are ready to work for long hours. Secondly, do HR professionals conduct survey of the actual working hours followed by their employees in the company? What per cent of the employees work excess and by how many hours?
d) Employees prefer good relationship with their superiors. Therefore, the pertinent question arises is whether top-management professionals are trained on interpersonal skills. Do these top bosses rub their juniors wrong way? Secondly, have HR professionals conducted survey of interpersonal environment in their company?
Yes, it is true that the report need not be gospel for HR professionals. But then as stated earlier, these surveys give insight to the HR. Whether to see merit in them or disregard these is the choice of the HR professionals. Most of the HRs have limited authority. Therefore, the right approach would be to show the report to the top bosses and discuss what changes needed in their organisation.
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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