2nd January 2008 From Philippines
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
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.
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
Handling Voluntary/Involuntary cessation
Early retirement scheme and making it peaceful and purposeful was another big challenge
To overcome redundancies once again, focus started shifting to continuos training
2nd January 2008 From India, Chennai