Mangaluru: Part two of Episode two of NewsKarnataka.com’s People @ work titled Battlefield to Business was held on October 3.
Ramesh Ranjan, Editor and founder of HumanEngineers.com, a popular HR website that deals with managing the people side of the business hosted the event.
Special guest of the event was Narendren Nair, an ex-army officer and EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer Voltas Limited. He passed out from National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune and did PG in Business Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune. Later he did higher studies from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -Kenan and also from Flagler Business School and International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne. Narendren has served in the Indian Army (11 Gurkha Rifles Regiment) for 10.5 years. He was part of the Operation Vijay (Kargil War) and he was injured during the battle which led him to drop out from army. He also the received SHAURYA CHAKRA from President of India.
He stressed that one must understand their opponents, which is equally necessary in business as it is in battle field. Balance between human needs and business is very important.
Digitalisation, robotisation, automation etc.were the great challenges during Covid. Environment became hyper competitive. Many were working from home, and it led to stress not only company, but also employees’ families etc.
HR peaple’s job is to findo ut what is good for country, people and business. HR does analysis about situation. HR duty is to find the sweeter pot for everyone, but this sweeter pot is not constant and is always changing with the time.
He said HR focuses on past data rather than future data.
Digitalisation and automation is good on the point of HR, and it is great opportunity for HR team. He said that he had got an opportunity to meet Fomer President late Abdul Kalam when he was scientist by profession and Kalam discussed with him about defence equipment of DRDO. He is the best HR person the country ever seen”.
Ramesh Ranjan asked Narendren Nair that if he was not in the HR profession what he could have preferred? Narendren replied he would be in the army again.
At last he said HR phrase has changed in the two years. But HR must reinvent regularly. For the last question, Narendren Nair answered that if he got a chance to take selfie with great personality, then he would have chosen Dr. Abdul Kalam.