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Priya C Nair and Yasmin Taj explore future trends
Bhuvaneswar Naik, vice president, human resources, SAP India:
Diversity and inclusion will become a business imperative and HR will need to embrace the new breed of ‘digitised' employees who thrive on the social media deluge driven by technology consumerisation. Employees working in HR will be compelled to move from transactional to being knowledge-centric; deal with ambiguity; manage paradoxes; balance opposing views and collaborate.
Mohinish Sinha, leadership & talent practice leader, Hay Group South & South East Asia, Pacific & Africa:
2013 can expect a deeper linkage of talent management to the business strategy – knowing where the business is heading and how it is organised. Organisations need to take a serious look at what success will look like in the future, so that they can identify the ‘selection criteria' that will help distinguish an average candidate from a great one.
Rituparna Chakraborty, VP, Indian Staffing Federation and co-founder & senior VP, Teamlease Services Pvt Ltd:
There will be an exponential demand for better and structured industrial relations, which in turn, demand better individuals as HR professionals. Enhanced leadership embedded in them is another skill-set that is indispensable. With an increase in highly skilled and knowledge-based jobs, there is a need for future skill mapping through right HR initiatives.
Anand Bhaskar, VP, people success, Sapient, India:
The overall talent market was down in the year 2012 as there were fewer jobs than before. More investments will be made in development and getting more from current talent v/s hiring new talent.
Shweta Tangri, group HR director, Pearson India:
The HR space will see seamless embracing of new technologies and digitisation (e-platforms) for virtual and efficient collaboration.