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Man vs. Machine
Man vs. Machine 960 540 Kanhai Chhugani

So will machines actually replace human beings in the future?

It was in 1997, when Deep Blue, IBM’s supercomputer, defeated Gary Kasparov, the reigning world chess champion of the era that people started asking…

Is a machine actually smarter than human beings?

Will machines replace humans in the future?

This wasn’t about industrial machines that could lift up heavy material or pull metal that weighed metrics of tons. This was about the machines with cognitive abilities.

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Social Recruitment
Using Social Media for Recruitment
Using Social Media for Recruitment 900 380 Kanhai Chhugani

Coming up with the Perfect Social media recruiting strategy

Do you have a social media recruiting strategy in place?

It is high time you had with one; else you might just be missing on some of the most fantastic job candidates.

Till now you must have used social media for many things…

To promote your small business

To keep in touch with your friends and relatives

To establish business connections

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She Power
Adapt to She-Power
Adapt to She-Power 800 534 Kanhai Chhugani

Do you actually think a leave of three months is good enough for a woman executive to get back to her career leaving her new-born in the hands of a nanny?

Possibly not!

Unfortunately many companies continue to feel a twelve-week leave is more than enough. They do not think about the support systems or about the adjustments a woman has to make after giving birth to a child. The Result? They lose their women executives.

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Business Startup
Get more done in less time with office automation tools
Get more done in less time with office automation tools 637 480 Kanhai Chhugani

“Behind every successful business is an efficient Human Resource department”

“Investing in Automation software to operate our travel concierge business, which we run for Disney Destinations, was one of the best decisions we made. Now we have everything under control…

  • Managing our clients…
  • Sending emails…
  • Following up on payments…
  • Thank-you letters…
  • Preplanning questionnaires…
  • Sending travel insurance reminders…

…and even making monthly payments on a hundred other things.

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egg-on-face-egg
Sometimes the most efficient of an HR Manager can end up with egg on his face
Sometimes the most efficient of an HR Manager can end up with egg on his face 620 350 Kanhai Chhugani

Here’s how to cope with such a scenario

Haresh Mehta couldn’t  undo April 29, 2015, the day a flunky in his human resources (HR) team accidentally shot off a “You didn’t get the job” email to 60-odd  applicants, including candidates already short-listed for the job!

To be fair, in any manual job, some bloomers can’t be avoided. Others can at least be prevented, if you take the right steps to decrease the risk of messing up. HR Managers who have lived through such nightmares suggest you pin down exactly what you need before reviewing vendors, picking software, filing reports and short listing candidates . Ask questions. Run pilots. Tear apart the charade of smooth-talking sales reps and grill people you want to hire. Leave no stone unturned in doing your homework and then some.

Take a cue from Mehta. He had to send a recall mail but the damage was already done. Rather than look for a fall guy, he later felt compelled to issue a personal apology to all those rejected candidates, explaining what had happened and why they weren’t being considered for the job.

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Diversity Workplaces
Diversity Workplaces are Better Workplaces
Diversity Workplaces are Better Workplaces 757 321 Kanhai Chhugani

The Key to manage diversity at your workplace

Business acquisitions and cross-border mergers are propelling organizations to draw human resources from other countries in their efforts to deploy multi-skilled teams on specific projects. While diversity comes with a lot of benefits, it also brings its own set of challenges, such as:

  • A Broader Employee Base: By going diverse, you have to be able to facilitate engagement, wherever you have your staff. Virtual hubs, such as Slack have shot up in place of physical offices as their meeting spaces. Emails and online conferences get nearly all work done, from your connected device.
  • Higher Chances of Miscommunication: When there is diversity, communication can be a challenge unless the organization comes up with certain ground rules of expression. There needs to be an atmosphere of clarity wherein task managers work towards understanding individual cultures of people in order to iron out the differences.
  • Higher Cost: On the flipside, diversity implies additional cost head. It implies installing elevators and ramps and setting sexual harassment grievance redressal mechanisms in place.
  • Better Adaptability: The multicultural advantage that you gain enables you to respond faster and more readily to the changes that you come across in your business environment.

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Your Employees are the Future of Your Company
Your Employees are the Future of Your Company 1000 983 Kanhai Chhugani

The Significance of Investing in your Employees

Did you know that Starbucks picks the tab for its employees earning of an online college degree from the Arizona State University?

Even part-time workers are eligible to apply for this scheme. There are many educational tracks to choose from and the tuition is absolutely affordable. The caffeinated beverage giant does not get any bond filled to make it compulsory for the workers to stay on, once they complete their college education. It’s a risk that the company considers worth taking in order to be seen as an employer of choice and draw many talented young students. This approach also boosts the morale of its  employees. The outcome? Quite a few choose to continue with Starbucks to move on to managerial positions.

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