Succession planning is a lengthy ongoing process in any organisation. A successor is often groomed over the years to be able to step up. Yet, due to the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought in, companies are now working on...
Microsoft Teams handles about 200 million meeting participants each day, that is, a whopping 4.1 billion minutes of meetings! This data points to a tremendous shift towards teleworking — the new normal. Yes, many companies have announced that they will...
The pandemic has witnessed unimaginable instances of companies laying off or furloughing employees due to financial constraints. Some have also come out to support their employees in the past few months but as they say, words are not enough. During...
Mission Karmayogi received the Cabinet’s nod on September 2. This is the biggest reform in the Government, in the human resource development space. This skill-building programme, which will focus on civil servants as well as institutions, is aimed at...
Harsh Goenka led RPG Group has announced that its sales force will permanently work from home (WFH). And for the rest of the functions, they will work for 50 per cent of the days from home, and the number...
For most of us, it has always been about scoring good marks or having a degree to get the golden ticket to successful employment. Now here is a company that judges candidates beyond their their educational qualifications. A Mumbai-based crowdfunding...
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It is a tough job to keep one’s boss happy. Tougher still, when there is more than one! Dual reporting is a reality and the concept is often praised for its many merits, which any number of scholars will readily...
Mobile messaging platform, Hike, has adopted a ‘remote-first’ approach for the remainder of 2020, making remote working the default working approach for its workforce. Employees wanting to return to work will be given the option to do so, provided they...
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Software company, JFrog, has decided to give its employees one long weekend for the month of August and September. Implemented on a global scale for all employees across the organisation, the second Friday of every month until September will...
The role of the chief information officer (CIO) has undergone change of incremental nature over the past five years, which has only accelerated in these past five months. Holding the keys to drive digital transformation, CIOs have begun to...
Under the flagship programme of the company, called ‘AI Accelerator’, all employees at OLX India have been given quarterly targets to learn different aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) in addition to their regular functions. While it is a voluntary and...
Out of the total of 107 branches in the country, PNB MetLife has managed to open close to 89 branches till now. However, not everyone needs to travel to work every day, unless there is a need to deposit a...
People across the globe are yearning for the year 2020 to end fast, with the hope that the dreadful pandemic will get over by then. Organisations across the world are awaiting normalcy. Many companies believe it is wise to...
Due to the impact of the pandemic in the manufacturing sector, majors such as DCM Shriram have gone ahead and held back increments, which were due in the month of June-July. While the organisation is gearing up to battle the...
As we adapt to the new normal of working from home, companies are laying out new sets of rules to ease the work life of their employees. On similar lines, Lenovo India has rolled out new directives that bar...
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is gearing up to embrace work from home in a bigger way within the next five years. In the new approach that TCS is planning to implement, the Company will benefit from the Secure Borderless...
With seven staff members of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) testing positive for COVID-19, a decision has been taken for buses to run without conductors. This has led to a fear of layoffs among the employees. Right now,...
Online delivery services have become the lifeline for cities amidst the 21-day lockdown across the country. On the one hand there is the rising demand for supplies, and on the other hand there are genuine logistical challenges. Online grocery firms,...
For the first time, Mastercard, the American multinational financial services company, disclosed its gender pay gap, revealing that its women employees earned 7.8 per cent less than the male staff. While the Company claims to have achieved parity on an...
Employees working for the Government of Maharashtra, who presently get only second and fourth Saturdays off every month, may soon be able to enjoy a five-day work week.  However, there is a catch. They will have to work 45...
As a good practice, most organisations conduct exit interviews. This helps them identify the challenges in an organisation because of which employees leave. However, the truth remains that the employee has already left and talent has been lost. To...
Having starting its journey just five years ago in India, Xiaomi has already made a significant inroad into the market plus, along with its partners, has generated employment for over 50,000 employees across the business segments with around 30,000...
A company in Britain has come up with this unique offer to get its employees to quit smoking    A logistics company in South West England has thought of a novel way to get its employees to quit smoking. KCJ...
As part of its green initiatives, the city administration of Bhubaneswar has come up with a plan to ask each employee to either walk or cycle to work once a week. The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), Bhubaneswar Development...
Deloitte recently concluded its 17th annual Impact Day 2019. This programme gives an opportunity to its employees to volunteer for different projects, which can make an ‘impact’ on the public. Over the past editions, the programme has been focussing...
In a recent development, the state police department of Uttar Pradesh has issued strict directions to commercial establishments to provide pick and drop facility for women late at night. The move came after an incident wherein the Superintendent of Police,...
What is better, to be a ‘jack of all trades’ or a ‘master of one’? For HR, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. The HR profession, just as the businesses it supports, faces a constant challenge to keep...
Not all employees are in favour of negative marking in the exams for promotion, as suggested by the Railway Board. This proposal has started to cause a rift between the employees at the junior and senior levels. Following increasing pressure...
The office of the electricity department in UP's Banda district is in such a bad condition that it is feared the roof may collapse any moment. However, instead of fixing the roof, the office expects its employees to wear...
Last June, about 30 women employees of Ernst and Young, New Jersey, happened to attend a leadership training. However, the advice given to them to succeed as leaders was rather misogynistic and regressive. They were apparently advised to dress...
The Central Government has hiked the monetary limit for accepting gifts for its employees. While the earlier limit was Rs 1500, with the amended rules coming into effect, officials belonging to groups A and B can now accept gifts...
The message to HR is very clearly now. The route to better employee engagement and building strong relations with employees goes through their families. To any individual, family matters the most. If anything goes wrong in a person’s family, she/he...
  While agility and performance are hot topics for organisations these days, companies dealing in life insurance have mostly stuck to the traditional way of doing things. One company, however, has decided to shake things up a bit. Mumbai-based Aegon Life...
ATG Tires, an off-highway tire manufacturing company, which was initially a family-owned business seems to be doing all the right things. It came under the Yokohama Group when its promoter sold its stakes in 2016. Since then, changes have...
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Jone Lang LaSalle (JLL), the global real-estate services company, which started its operations in India around two decades back, now has a strength of over 11,000 employees in the country. With its workforce in the country expected to grow...
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