General Manager - HR & IR,
Bharat Fritz Werner Limited
1. One thing that makes you passionate about HR:
It is dynamic from the time in memory. Human responses are difficult to predict. The same scenario will have different responses from different people at different times. This zillion unpredictability is the beauty of managing human resources.
2. What is your success mantra?
Recognise and respect to others. Keeping a healthy distance from all. Continuous learning. Core professionalism.
3. The mistakes, HR should not do it.
Partial, unfair, unequal, or discriminatory treatment based on gender, caste, creed, religion, etc.
4. What values, the future HR must have it?
The essential values that future HR professionals should demonstrate are empowerment and development, positive reinforcement, and influencing and respecting individuality.
5. One thing, which you learnt from your mistakes.
Learned how to govern in general and during times of crisis. Learned when to fight and when to make peace, when to slow down and when to strike.
HR Director at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals
1. Introduction about your job/career, define your career?
Started my career as Management Trainee in 1988 at Brindavan Alloys Limited, Bangalore and then worked in Bulk Drug company, Garment Sector, White Goods manufacturing sector, Hospitality industry till 1998 and from 1998 onwards working in AstraZeneca Pharma India limited.
1998 October Joined as Deputy Manager HR looking after AstraZeneca plant at Bangalore. Played significant role in AstraZeneca Merger Process. Signed 3 productive settlement with the factory union which brought down cost of production significantly also championed manpower optimization without any Industrial Disputes
2007 Promoted as Sr. Corporate Employee Relations Manager looking after factory and Sales force
2008 Promoted as Associate Director HR handling entire gamut of field force
2012 Promoted as Director HR Handling entire IR & ER of AstraZeneca and able drive productive IR and concluded 4 productive settlements
2. Qualification required for this job:
3. Personal qualification/skills required for this job?
MSW, Decision Making skills, Ability to take calculated risks, Stake holder management, Assertive and fairness in dealing with the people, Change Management and Analytical Skills.
4. Best aspect of this job:
Managing Complexities and Dealing with difficult situations using skills, experience and most important thing is WISDOM
5. Challenging aspects of this job:
Matching the expectations and Retention of employees.
1.One thing that makes you passionate about HR?
2. What is your success mantra?
3. A few books, HR professionals must read.
4. The mistakes, HR should not do it.
5. What values, the future HR must have it?
6. Do you think the Artificial Intelligence will be a challenge for HR?
7. What makes you comfortable in the candidate interview?
8. One think, which you learnt from your mistake.
9. If not HR, which profession you like to work.
10. Do you say managing Gen. Z is easier than managing Gen. X?
11. “Trade Unions are abstracting the growth of the nation” – Do you agree?
12. How do you distinguish “Ordinary and Extraordinary” employees?
13. The best advice you gave to your team during Pandemic.
14. How do you connect with people in your busy schedules?
15. Do you think the present skills of HR professionals will be outdated in next a few years?
16. Name top five skills, the future HR Professionals must have it.
17. Your best movies.
18. What is your stress management mantra?
19. What is your time management mantra?
20. Do you agree the Data Analytics will be game changer?
21. For what trends HR should prepare the organisation in next a few years.
22. What will be the role of HR in 2025?
23. What the next generation of HR Leaders must know?
24. Do you agree the HR Leaders must be great storytellers?
25. How to get business leaders to value their HR leaders?
26. The # 1 competency for HR Survival is…
27. Workplace Diversity will be major challenge to manage in the future. How do you see this?
28. “The Labour Codes will ensure ease of doing business in India” – Is this practical?
29. How Corporate Social Responsibility is linked with HR?
30. Do you see the “Gig workforce” as solution to manage business uncertainties?
31. What is the role of corporate social responsibility in keeping employees more engaged at work?
32. What is your top tip for HR leaders battling it out in the war for talent?
33. HR Leaders aim to create an amazing candidate experience. Can you comment on this?
34. Do you think that the Candidate Experience is important?
35. Learning is a continuous process. What are five lessons you learned in the last a few months?
36.What's your roadmap to stay competitive beyond the pandemic?
37.One thing that makes you passionate about HR?
38.One Leader you closely follow and one hallmark of that leader?
39.Your advice for aspiring HR Professionals?
40.How do you make decisions when you don’t have all the necessary information?
41.One tech/Innovation that will transform HR?
42.HR as a business partner or HR as a business driver?
43.One perception you wish to change about the HR function?
44.One question you ask in every interview?
45.Things HR professionals must keep in mind while implementing tech in any HR process?
46.Best career advice you've ever got?
48.Core Hr competencies no technology can replace?
49.What's your learning Mantra?
50.One new aspect/element that you will embed in your workforce?
51.In the fast-paced world full of disruptions and challenges, what keeps you going?
37.What's the most important step you are taking to prepare for tomorrow?
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