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.

Beyond Managing Performance

Beyond managing performance

For most employees, the performance rating that they receive is in many ways the only fateful outcome from the perform- ance management process—the emotionally impacting decision through which they make meaning out of the process.

Many years ago, we worked with Elgi Equipments Limited, a global leader in the manufacture of compressors, to design and launch a new performance management process.

Recognising the potential concerns that his employees were likely to have especially about the rating, Mr Jairam Varadaraj, the managing director (MD) of the company, wrote a mail to all his employees to offer them a new perspective through which he wanted them to view their ratings. Given his heightened empathy and concern for his people, he was able to ...

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