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.

Advancing in HR

Advancing in HR

How would one define true career advancement for an HR professional? Should it be their ability to move multiple pay grades with rapidity? Should it be a function of their mobility?

The pace of growth of an HR professional is often a function of the industry in which she or he works in, the business environ- ment, the personal investment that the person has made for professional development and of course the maturity of the function in the organisation(s) that she or he has worked in.

During times of high growth, many HR professionals got several easy breaks and advanced rapidly; whereas during times of slowdown, many professionals seem to be staying where they are for a long time.

The true yardstick ...

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