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.

The Spectrum of Relationships

The spectrum of relationships

It is when organisations begin to manage people that the true nature of their relationship shows up. That is when the rubber really hits the road.

On one side are the preoccupations that organisations have about surviving, making money, maintaining their competitive edge, staying on the right side of law, protecting their reputation, making their business model future-proof if they can, adapting to the technology and fighting disruptive changes.

On the other side are the preoccupations about doing all this in a manner that their employees find acceptable or are willing to and capable of supporting.

What organisations pay attention to and what they do not in many ways shape the relationship between the two. History is replete with stories ...

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