Excerpts from the discussion:

Mr. Vinay Trivedi, AVP – HR, Axis Bank

“Workforces are becoming agile it is important for HR to manage this”, was Mr. Vinay Trivedi’s take on the theme “Global Integration – Managing HR across countries”. He spoke about Consistent Systems across the globe for managing HR. He spoke about cross cultural sensitivity, where economies and cultures of different companies are important. He threw light on two parts of sensitizing global workforce: understanding do’s and don’ts as to how the local culture of the country should be taken into account, citing the example of Indian street food not being something foreigners can indulge in.

Secondly, making sure that work culture and socially acceptable behavior is maintained.

He also spoke of mergers and explained the HR problems that might come up and that people had to get accustomed to the aggressive work ethics of their company. He concluded by quoting “One Skill absolutely essential for success is to not stop learning”. Agility and the ability to keep learning would be the key to success.

Ms. Kamaljeet Kaur, Manager – Talent Acquisition, Grant Thorton

Ms. Kamaljeet Kaur spoke about the concept of working as one firm in their global environment. It is very important for a company working in the area of different professional services to work as one firm. She spoke about effective cross cultural practice that they follow are collaboration, social agility and emphasis on cultural conversations from people who travel across the country. Also making the company understand the need to build connections with the people and that the country is a major part of HR management.

She illustrated it with the example of start-ups which inspire the youth by growing in home instead of going abroad. She concluded by saying that building connections, collaboration and the emphasis on culture conversations and agility are some key effective cross-cultural practices an organization should practice.

Mr. Pratap C. Aditya, Managing Director- HR, S&P Capital IQ

Mr. Pratap C. Aditya began sharing his experiences of Global integrity in its earlier career days, when foreign countries came to India for managing talent. They came with the mindset of the country being a labour state and that there was a problem of communication informing, regulating and implementing policies.
He advised students to ask three questions to succeed – first of which is to ensure that the question has been understood. Next, they should find out if the person in the question can really deliver as promised and finally find out if they can rephrase or redefine the same requirements with the same meaning.

He also mused that Globalisation requires one to think Global and Act local. Opportunities will be available everywhere with such approach. He also stressed on showing social & cultural agility to keep in touch with trends of globalization.

Mr. Pramod Mahatme, VP Employee Relations, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting.

Mr. Pramod Mahatme, spoke about People Management – People behave similarly in similar situations. “There are not single factors, but multiple circumstances also, that contribute to differences in the way their concerns are addressed”, he said. Further, he spoke about how there was a lot of untapped potential talent in India. However, industry and HR have failed to turn the same into real talent. HR has shifted from recruitment to Talent Acquisition and needs to shift back to convert potential talent into real talent.

He reiterated throughout his talk that it is required to accept people as they are, including their differences. Mutual respect for one another as individuals is another very important aspect of global integration. Individual differences will always get affected through these disparities.

Mr.Pramod Mahatme also answered queries about acquiring companies and concluded by
saying that respect from companies that has been acquiring and the one that has been acquired is subject to whether or not it is required.

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