Are You In The List 2017 Winner: Preetha Santhanam
Preetha Santhanam | Senior Manager – HR | Ernst & Young
I am a Commerce graduate from Stella Maris College, Chennai and pursued post-graduation in MSW - Human Resources from D.G.Vaishnav College, Chennai. I come with 14 years of HR experience in diverse sectors like Manufacturing, Information Technology, IT Enabled Services and Consulting. I started my career from managing shop floor and industrial relations and went on to play several roles as Generalist and Specialist. Currently, my role as a Head Human Resources involves design, align and support delivery of critical strategic talent imperatives and operational initiatives that lead to best practices in areas of talent acquisition, development, data analysis, performance management and stakeholder engagement through Business Partnering.
What differentiates me from others
Integrity, Energy, and Courage to lead - For me as an HR professional to be a trusted advisor to business leaders and employees, I should build relationships by doing right things and I truly believe this value of Integrity is utmost important both professional and personal. Also, understanding stakeholders and delivering exceptional client service with high energy and enthusiasm and demonstrating the courage to lead differentiates me from others.
What is my Biggest Talent Priority
My biggest talent priority is to strive excellence by creating high performing teams and building a better working place
The one thing I will:
Change in HR: One thing I will change in HR is the mindset of underestimating the function and being conventional. Today, technology has taken a huge stride and we are dealing with a high population of millennials. We need to change and tap into the social market by leveraging technology available on mobile through, apps, on the web and in the cloud. The employees are well connected continuously through their mobile to social communities. I would like to use this opportunity to build employer and HR brand and use social recruitment to enhance talent acquisition practice.
Retain in HR: Building relationships by doing right things is an extremely important value for an HR professional. While we embrace technology and automation, an important trait an HR professional should never let to die out is "People connect". It is very important to spend quality face time with our stakeholders/employees to understand the right needs and expectations before deriving or designing any initiatives which will result in high employee retention. We in HR play an important role in bridging the gap between employees and leadership and be their voice, hence people connect is very important and should always retain in HR.
This is how I will disrupt HR:
Staying ahead with changes and disrupting conventional methods by introducing Robotic and Artificial Intelligence for HR. By bringing Robotic process automation to payroll, data management, onboarding/offboarding and applicant sourcing, it would eliminate labour intensive repeatable rule-based processes, extensive multi-step processes that depend on multiple systems. This would also help in constantly facing data processing errors and data compliances and free up time for HR professionals for a higher value-added task.
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