Major political, social, technical and economic challenges have HR managers faced over the last three decades and how these have been managed?
From United Kingdom, Liverpool
Modesto Tolentino Jr.

it has been a true major issue that the HR's have been facing over the decade, political, economic and social instability all over the world, but HR managers have their own oath and their codes that deeply penetrates through external issues either they may be big or small that becomes circumstantial and leads the road for them to face these challenges.
From Philippines

Very interesting and challenging post. Vast area indeed . I will take up the Technical area and the challenges that I faced in India

It is between 1975 and 1985, if I am right, that in India we started feeling the explosion of Automation. Be it Textile, process engineering, IR professionals had their jobs cut out.

Challenge No 1


Negotiations with Unions for introduction of newer methods. This involved educating them making them to feel the necessity and introducing the methods without any loss of mandays.

Challenge No 2

Handling redundancy

Gaps in skill levels and equipping the existing employees to cope with new changes. And with the workforce average age above 40 and their educational level less than middle school, In India HR /IR professional faced a major crisis.

Challenge 3

In tune with business

For the first time probably, IR/HR/Personnel had to tune their operation to meet the requirements of the business . Many judgements in favour of workmen en and unions had to be contested. Long legal battles were not encouraged. Culturally "IR people work once in three years" thin king had to be changed. Settlements for the sake of settlements and cordial relationship is was relooked and settlements were looked at the means for MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIP

Challenge 4

Handling Voluntary/Involuntary cessation

Early retirement scheme and making it peaceful and purposeful was another big challenge

Challenge 5

Continuos Improvement

To overcome redundancies once again, focus started shifting to continuos training


From India, Chennai
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