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.

Channelising Aspirations

Channelising aspirations

Is it futile to take a long-term approach to development?

There is a general sense of resignation about planning for the future given the radical changes that organisations are going through on one hand and the perception that tenures are shortening and employees are constantly seeking changes on the other.

The reality is quite to the contrary.

Beyond the cohort of employees with around 5–7 years of experience, a very large number of organisations have significant levels of stability. While the overall attrition percentages might be in the double digit, the attrition among the more experienced employees is low or even non-existent.

It also appears that tenured employees in general seem to have far better chances of growing into leadership positions. While organisations do seem ...

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