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.

Learning, the new way

Learning, the new way

The training room is ready, lunch has been organised, the trainer has arrived but the participants are missing—at least many of them.

Ask any L&D professional and she will tell you that her biggest challenge is to get participants into the classroom.

Ask trainers and they will tell you that they have come to accept a 15–25 per cent dropout rate (the percentage of employees who do not attend a scheduled training programme that they have signed up for or have been nominated to).

Line managers across levels are seen as the villains of the piece—the ones who swear by learning at the executive council meetings and say ‘yes’ to programmes but are alleged to have pulled their team members ...

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