Indian FMCG giant, Hindustan Unilever is planning to enhance the skills of their employees by offering them various opportunities and experiences. The employees will get exposed to a different working culture of multiple companies and will prepare themselves for the future. Under this program, the employees will get a chance to work in international stints, start-ups and government organizations.
“We want our people to go out there, experiment and work on things that are not part of their regular day job, but part of a larger ecosystem that is gearing up for the future,” said BP Biddappa, Executive Director, Human Resources, HUL. “Secondly, we are giving our managers experiences outside HUL while working here. It could be experiences of working with customers, digital companies, (and) organizations that could play an important and strategic role in the future,” he added.
The company is working in the direction of making the employees future ready and such experiences will enhance their productivity. Employees from across the function are excited to participate in this initiative.
Currently, the company has 70-80 experiments running, each with different teams, under the initiative built up over the last 18 months. Under external immersions, HUL talent gets to work in a host of companies, from startups such as robotics firm GreyOrange and grocery delivery firm Milkbasket to big names such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Taj Group of Hotels and mobile marketing firm InMobi.
As we get our business ready for the future, from a talent perspective we have found that people like to work on varied and diverse areas,” Biddappa said. “They value external exposure and opportunities to work with people at different levels including the CMD.” HUL is also stepping up international exposure for employees, right from summer interns to Unilever Future Leaders Programme participants and managers.
Such programmes will definitely boost the confidence and skills of the employees and also help the company to grow.