The vision of this book is to engage readers in a debate on how we see HR as a function and profession here and now, how we see the practice and the practitioner. The intent is to reflect on what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing about the function in an inclusive fashion. This book offers a practitioner’s take to human resources management as a profession and function keeping in mind the most current and contemporary practices, problems and perspectives in India. The book is meant for young professionals, students and practitioners in the field of HRM. The book truly reflects HRM as it is practiced today with stories of places (organizational case studies) where it is at its best. Shorn of all theory, this book raises and answers questions such as given the rapid advancement in the profession, should the term HR be redefined?  Why does the quality of the function depend so much on the way it is positioned within the organisation? What shapes a CEO’s attitude towards HR? What are the big demands on HR today and in times to come? How does one advance in HR? Written by practitioners with first-hand HR experience, HR Here and Now is a thought-provoking book set firmly in the Indian context.

Evolving Expectations

Evolving expectations

The day an HR professional stops reporting to a functional manager and starts reporting to a business manager, she or he comes of age, in a manner of speaking.

From that moment, what the person knows, or how much that person knows stops mattering. All that matters is whether the person can help take the business forward.

It will happen to all of us, at various stages in our careers—for some earlier and for some later. And when it does happen, it can be quite challenging.

Business leaders will ask us to cut to the chase—ask us to be focused. They will ask us to show them evidence. They will tell us if something is working or not. They couldn't be bothered with functional ...

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