Article: Are You In The List 2016 winner: Aditya Adyar


Are You In The List 2016 winner: Aditya Adyar

Aditya Adyar, Chief People Officer at Faasos believes that HR should stop being a paper pusher.
Are You In The List 2016 winner: Aditya Adyar

Passionate about backpacking and travelling, Aditya keeps on learning fresh perspectives about life from his travel journeys. Armed with a degree in MBA HR from SIBM, Pune, he would love HR to stop being a ‘paper pusher’ and focus more on HR analytics and technology orientation of HR. He describes the AYIL journey as very intriguing, thought-provoking and exciting. His favourite book is Maverick by Ricardo Semler.

Aditya Adyar, Chief People Officer, Faasos

One thing you will:

Start in HR: Focus more on HR analytics and technology orientation of HR. Focus on building technological solutions with joint ownership of business and HR to drive performance and culture. There is a lot of value addition which HR can do in organisations with help of analytics like tracking Development Index (career progression and succession planning), What kind of people should be recruited, attrition insights, how to improve productivity of employees, and ultimately adding value to top line as well as bottom line etc.

Continue in HR: With a lot of focus on accountability, numbers and analytics one shouldn't lose Empathy. All processes should be made keeping Employee (user) experience in mind.

Stop in HR: Being a Paper pusher.

As an emerging HR leader, one thing which brings great pride to you: 

Have been able to build my team from scratch and created HR systems, policies in a highly unstructured environment and high growth phase

Biggest flaw in the way organizations operate today, and how do you plan to fix that: 

I wouldn’t say a flaw in all organisations( especially the new age tech startups) but many of them is that when the going is good; they hire in huge numbers without a proper forecasting and budgets in mind. Apart from this they aren’t  able to visualise the best organisation structure to sustain the growth. HR can add great value in this space.

What makes the difference while you are in HR in a corporate set up:  

Able to work with high efficiency under extreme pressure by absorbing stress to produce the best output.  

I am able to create HR processes to meet business goals while keeping employee experience in mind when there is a highly unstructured environment 

In 5 years, you see yourself as: 

Building Faasos sustainably and profitably to 1000 Crore organisation . Building systems and processes which are tech based and directly contribute to topline as well as bottomline of Faasos

Your Are You In The List Journey:

The case studies, manager ready assessments and Interviews have been intriguing. The entire journey has been very thought provoking and exciting.


  • As an emerging HR leader, what keeps you up at night: How can I constantly improve myself and HR processes to provide the best employee experience and add value to the organisation

  • Describe today’s HR in one line: HR is the extended arm of CEO which needs to constantly engage with employees; provide them with strong sense of purpose and ensure they are aligned to the vision of the company and live by its values

  • Who is your inspiration to be an HR professional: My first inspiration has been “Libby Sartain; Ex-Chief people officer of Southwest Airlines and Yahoo”. There have been several others who constantly inspire me; from my previous organisation ICICI Bank who have been great mentors and currently my CEO Jaydeep Barman who has given utmost freedom to get my thoughts to action and believes that HR is the extended arm of CEO and can add great value to the organisation

  • Qualities which differentiate you from other participants: Focus of tech in HR, ability to create HR processes to meet business goals while keeping employee experience in mind when there is a highly unstructured environment

  • A stranger’s first impression of yours would be: Approachable

  • Who or What are your biggest strengths: Ability to think long term

  • One weakness you can do without: Trying out everything that’s new

  • If we have to automate you and ask you to keep one human quality, what should that be: Be a Life-long Learner

  • Your Favourite book: Maverick -  Ricardo Semler

  • Your Hobby: Offroad regularly in my Jeep

  • One word that describes an HR professional: Business-Enabler

For the entire list of Are You in The List Awards 2016, please click here.

Here are the profiles of other winners (not based on ranking): 

Here’s the list of India’s 15 future HR leaders:

  1. ABHISHEK BUDHARAJA, Associate Director, HR (Talent Management, OD & OE) at Snapdeal

  2. ANKITA PODDAR, HR Business Partner, Amazon

  3. APOORVA PRADHAN, Assistant Manager, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

  4. MEGHA GUPTA, HR Business Partner, Sapient Corporation Ltd

  5. RAVI BAJPAI, Practice Lead Talent Acquisition, Infosys

  6. SALIL RAHEJA, Deputy General Manager, Essar Steel India Ltd

  7. SHAVETA ARYA, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd.

  8. SHREYAS HARIDAS, HR Business Partner, Star India Pvt Ltd. 

  9. SIDDHARTH BHASIN, HRBP, G&A Business, APAC Region, Google

  10. SOUMYA MALKANI, Deputy Manager – Organisation Development, Tata AIG General Insurance Company

  11. NIYATI GOEL, Regional Rewards, AMEA (Asia Middle East & Africa), Mondelez International 

  12. APEKSHA JAIN, Senior HR Business Partner, PepsiCo


  14. SNIGDHA SINGH CHAUDHURI, Sr. Manager, HRBP for Sales team, Cipla
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