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.
Towards Progressive Employee Relations
Not too long ago, we embarked on a research project to see if progressive and differentiated employee relations practices, specifically in the manufacturing sector, led to sustainable results and of course peaceful coexistence.
Our research on this subject was triggered by the interest that one specific organisation had in understanding how organisations across the country were proactively shaping their employee rela- tions (ER) strategy. The project was undertaken at a time when the country was seeing a series of ER conflicts which had turned quite violent.
Our hypothesis was that while business realities and pressures were understandable, organisations with a certain value fabric had a differentiatedway to address these challenges that set them apart.
As the ER practice and philosophy ...