In his own words, this is what the ‘Are You In The List’ 2015 winner has to say about himself.
Ali Imran Syed, Global Learning & Organization Development Manager, Avery Dennison
I realized the criticality of business acumen in HR professionals early in my career and focused on learning about a company’s business. When I moved into a Sales HR role, I frequently visited the market and completed a full beat of retail outlets working with the Sales Officer and the Distributor Sales Rep (DSR). The outcome of my business exposure is that now I understand and speak the language of business and also understand the customer needs directly which in turn help me contribute better to HR programs.
Core differentiator: Experience across demographies
In my experience spanning eight years, I have had the opportunity to work and contribute to cultures very different from my own. I have lived and worked in East, West, North, South and Central India, Bangladesh; and have also worked closely with teams in Sri Lanka and Pakistan; and I am now working with HR Leaders in Europe, Americas and Asia.
This has made me more empathetic and reduced the amount of stereotyping in my thinking and decision making. It has made me question my own mental filters and has made me more open-minded and more tolerant to diversity of thoughts and opinions.
Biggest talent priority: Talent retention
There are both tangible and hidden implications of replacing employees who leave organizations. The estimated cost of replacing an employee ranges from 30 percent to 400 percent of their annual salary depending on their level/skills in the organization.
I believe talent selection, career management and building capability are pivotal in talent retention.
The one thing I will:
- Change in HR: Lack of focus on and attention to the external customer
Most, if not all, HR professionals consider employees as their only customer. But the business’ customers are also HR customers. Every time a process/program is changed or introduced, one question which should guide HR professionals’ approach is “How is this going to create value for the external customer?”
-Continue in HR: Focus on talent retention
The war for market share will be increasingly won by winning the critical battle for talent
My ideas to disrupt HR:
I would disrupt HR through Technology and Diversity.
Here’s the list of other winners:
JAY THAKKAR - Head - Compensation & Benefits and HR Operations, Aditya Birla Housing Finance Limited
NEHA SHARMA - Senior Employee Relations Manager, ICICI Bank
AMIT PAPNEJA - Manager-Field Readiness, Asian Paints Ltd.
AVIJIT SHASTRI - Divisional Manager - Channel HR, Commercial Vehicle TATA Motors
NIRANJANA HARIKUMAR - Lead- Learning and Organizational Development, Piramal Group
AANCHAL BHUGRA KOTHARI - Senior HR Business Partner, Reliance Industries Ltd.
SOUMITRA ACHARYA - Head HR Analytics, Mahindra & Mahindra
KUMAR ABHIMANYU - Participant - Career Acceleration Program, Reliance Industries Ltd
RICHA SINGH - Senior HR Officer, HPCL
VARUN TANDON - Associate Consultant, Salto Dee Fe Consulting
BHRIGU JOSHI - Head - Talent Management & Development, MakeMyTrip.com
SHAILY RAMPAL MISRA - Associate General Manager, HCL Technologies Ltd.
ABHINAV IYER - Senior Manager - Leadership & People Sciences, Wipro
BENJAMIN RAJKUMAR - Manager - Leadership Development, Titan Company Ltd
NEHA SAXENA - Senior HR Business Partner, Adobe