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India Inc experts reveal some of their 2013 resolutions in a tête-à-tête with Lynn Lobo
We have lived to tell the tale of another year gone by and as the curtains fall on one of the most hyped months in the 2012 calendar, India Inc is brushing off the propaganda of the rumoured ‘Armageddon' and is cagily stepping into the dawn of 2013. With its heart pounding at the thought of a supposed ‘survival', corporate India is pledging to greet the New Year with a renewed sense of its professional dogma, pioneering practices, and some basic survivor instincts. While some resolutions are meant to correct the past, some are made to mend the future. Either ways, corporate gurus are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to making a resolution to better their approach toward the forthcoming year.
Bobby Kuriakose, GM HR, Forbes Marshall:
My resolution: We need to foster effective ways to network. By this, you create forums where learning becomes a habit, which is more of ‘give and take' and the entire set of professionals benefits from the mutual interactions. In today's fast moving world where you are bombarded with knowledge repositories, these interactions will help in choosing the right information for effective decision-making, thus making it a vital resolution for the New Year.
Anirudh Dhoot, director, Videocon:
My resolution: 2013 is going to see a lot of innovation in terms of technology and production. One very important HR resolution I will exercise will be towards organising training workshops to ensure updated employee knowledge. This would help employees to handle operations better and would result in increased efficiency.
Suhas Kadlaskar, director corporate affairs and HR, Mercedes-Benz India Pvt Ltd:
My resolution: HR should act as business partner of the CEO contributing in all strategic decisions as a part of its 2013 resolution. HR's role is no longer about recruitment and payroll. Human capital is the most important asset of any organisation, which needs to be nurtured and developed carefully.
P Dwarkanath, director, group human capital Max India Ltd:
My resolution: An important resolution would be to develop a brand proposition for the company's HR policies in a structured approach titled ‘PRIDE': Purpose (clear focus and a structure-derived approach); Reward (to put in place a formal reward mechanism); Inclusiveness (involvement of all employees); Development (of robust people processes); Energy (Fun@work /undertaking clearly defined initiatives that seek to celebrate success, ensure work-life balance, etc).
Shampi Venkatesh, CPO, NIIT Limited:
My resolution: The past several years have seen dramatic changes in the economic environment in which businesses compete. Accordingly, the roles and requirements of HR managers have become more diverse. Hence, in 2013, firstly HR should focus on capability-building, so that we can deliver customer value. In addition to this, intensive engagement with employees along with the vitality to focus on speedy response and high quality HR services for internal customers in the business teams are vital.