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HR professionals too prefer to work for software companies

Vidyashree Amaresh


  • `Big money' is luring talented executives
  • Abilities and ambition don't match, especially with regard to inexperienced workers
  • Job-hopping is no longer a stigma
  • Top executives ready to retire at 40

    Bangalore: Most of the HR professionals have moved to the information technology and Information Technology-Enabled Services (ITES) space for the "big money" leaving the manufacturing and the service sectors with nothing. And the gap between capabilities and job requirements of human resource personnel is causing concern, rued speakers at a seminar on human resources in IT, Managing People-Driving Business organised as part of Bangalore IT.in on Thursday.

    According to Senior Vice-President — Human Resource, Symphony Services, C. Mahalingam, the biggest problem faced by HR is not lack of clarity but its new role in the organisation to maximise returns on human capital. It is essential that the skill sets of employees are appropriately fixed to retain employees in an organisation.

    According to Sudhish Venkatesh, Head-HR, TESCO, said the HR professionals are vested with an unrelenting pressure to hire and retain talent. Those with valuable talent come with a negotiating power, now as every term of employment are open for negotiation.

    The old-fashioned work norms are accelerating and those who are above 40 get ready to retire. In the case of youngsters, the ambitions are outrunning their abilities. Lots of effort needs to go into training and motivation.

    The risk taking attitude of people are increasing and switching over jobs is no longer considered a stigma. Hence, it is essential to build a career where the job cannot be outsourced.

    As the attitude of the workforce is changing drastically, there is a need to recognise the workforce and address its concerns and grievances. The HR Managers should become advocates to the employees. The HR managers should engage people into the mission of the organisation and this is possible by means of reinventing various aspects.

    Of the 4.2 lakh engineers produced in India, only the top-notch are employable as they possess almost all the required skill sets and hence the corporates battle to acquire the talent to themselves, Mr. Venkatesh added.

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