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.

Aspirations and Needs

Aspirations and needs

Do the aspirations of employees run contrary to the needs and interests of organisations? Do the aspirations of employees also come in the way of organisations pursuing their goals? Is that why organisations and their leaders often talk about managing expectations and tempering aspirations?

It is true that employees who contribute and make a difference are also the ones who are not always easy to manage in many ways. They know that they are important to the success of the organ- isation, thanks to their being well informed about their contribu- tion and their own context. This is reinforced by the formal and informal messages that are communicated to them by their managers and others in the organisation. It ...

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