Firstly, we would like to thank all the attendees who graced our HR Unlock Webinar with their participation and added the icing to the cake. It has been amfun-filled roller-coaster to have such talented industry experts share their wisdom to help us understand the HR community clearer than ever.
No one could have thought even in their wildest dreams that we would be facing a global pandemic that would cripple both our personal and work atmosphere. This may last for a while and hence people are calling it the “new normal”. To discuss and give us strategies on how can talent be pivoted in these challenging times, we had Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga, the Director HR of Smollan, share his wonderful insights on “Talent Pivoting in the New Normal”. The conversation between him and the host, Mr. Pribhat Singh Sharma, oozed bewildering insights. We have summarized the key takeaways given by Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga and you can also have a gander at the entire video of the webinar- HR Unlock, at the end of the page.
Talking about the changes going on in the workforce today, Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga starts by saying that devising strategies on how to leverage talent excites him. He expresses that while he was creating the notes for his speech, he took a step back as he realized that there is no one context when it comes to pivoting talent. There are multiple paradigms that have to be encountered. He mentions that the new challenging time has brought a state of overnight re-imagination of everything that we have done in the past. He goes on to say that the “new normal” is actually the “complicated normal”, that none of us anticipated.
Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga further states that when it comes to talent pivoting, there are 8 key facets, the first one being rescaling and repurposing the existing workforce. It is very essential to know what kind of skill-sets are required for a particular role. He suggests that the companies should move away from the traditional methods and experiment with multi-dimensional traits of every employee. He gives an insightful example of how today’s generation multi-tasks, such as a singer sings as well as writes the lyrics of the song too.
The second pivot that Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga mentioned is reorganizing the work itself. “Breakdown processes are very important in any organization. Just like a factory, every team should handle a particular area of work to maximize their skills”, said Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
The third pivot he mentioned is embracing the workforce policies. He states that India has emerged as one of the top 5 economies to thrive, and of course the pressure from the government has made this possible.
The fourth pivot stated by Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga is creating a new work arrangement. Judging the performance analysis of an employee should be improved. Annual and bi-annual appraisals are unfair as an employee might work on different projects at the same time which makes it hard to evaluate the performance. Thus, companies should offer a leader board in a logical sense, stated Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
The fifth pivot is inclusion itself, he stated. It is very essential to make everyone feel included. He mentioned that studies have shown that globally the workforce of LGBTQ is less than 5%, and in government jobs, their inclusion is almost nil. Almost 52 million LGBTQ can contribute to India’s 6 % GDP. Thus inclusion of everyone is very vital in a company’s growth, stated Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
The sixth pivot is a very important one, said Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga, that is, employee engagement. He says that employees should have the flexibility to dial-up or dial-down their careers. The organizations should give the employees the option to structure their work and personal life balance.
Leveraging technology data and analytics make up the seventh pivot, said Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga. 8 out of 10 companies have 3 modules in their induction or onboarding procedure. Leveraging analytics should be put to use to differentiate between fair and unfair recruitment, says Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
The last pivot that Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga stated is the importance of leadership. Managers play a vital role in creating an impact on the employees. Thus, good leadership skills is vital to increase the morale of employees, said Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
“Overall rich experience can help in pivoting talent in a positive way” concluded Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga.
Watch Mr. Rasagjna Prayaga’s session below to get the best understanding of talent pivoting in new normal