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Employee Engagement
Google’s Work Place
Google’s Work Place 750 314 Kanhai Chhugani

‘People Operations’ is the term used by search giant #Google for its Human Resource Department. This in itself says a lot. Continuing with our Google series, this piece will discuss the functional aspects of Google’s workplace, headquartered in Mountain View, California, U.S, which has become a money-spinner of sorts.   

“On average, each Google employee generates nearly $1 million in revenue and $200,000 in profit each year” according to TLNT, a U.S-based news vertical that covers ‘the business of human resources.’

The above statistic begs the question – how are Google employees so super productive?

“A company can’t buy true emotional commitment from managers no matter how much it’s willing to spend; this is something too valuable to have a price tag. And yet a company can’t afford not to have it.” Rightly quoted by Stan Slap, CEO of Slap Company. An organisation needs to find the balance with profit and emotions.

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mass-customization
#MassCustomization is the new normal
#MassCustomization is the new normal 998 664 Kanhai Chhugani

Experts contend that done properly, mass customization has the potential to complete replace mass production as the primary means of satisfying customers

#Masscustomization is a well-known, albeit not very old dictum in the Indian market. The dictionary defines it as “the ability to produce goods and services to meet individual customers’ needs with near mass production efficiency.”

In the B2C space, multinationals like Amazon and Walmart claim to have been catering to their niche audience with the tool of mass customization and driving higher ROI. The service is now doing the same.

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Left Brain Right Brain
Software tools for identifying left-brain, right-brain oriented employee
Software tools for identifying left-brain, right-brain oriented employee 1024 576 Kanhai Chhugani

…and why is the distinction important?

In 1981, the trio of Roger W. Sperry, David H Hubel and Torsten N Wiesel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for their work on now famous ‘Split Brain’ research.

Anatomically, the human brain is divided into two hemispheres called the right brain and the left brain. According to research findings, the left brain is a center of logical activities, such as thinking, sequencing, linear thinking, number crunching etc., while the right brain drives the pursuit of artistic activities, such as visualisations, imagination, intuition, rhythm, holistic thinking, arts etc.

This theory proved that depending upon the dominant hemisphere, people are either left or right brain dominated, i.e. logical or artistic in their basic nature.

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Employee experience
Why Customize Employee Experiences?
Why Customize Employee Experiences? 480 360 Kanhai Chhugani

Shraddha, an IT professional, always chooses Subway to buy her breakfast from. The reason is simple – they let her customize her wrap. She can eat what she wants, the way she wants. Can she do the same at office? Work the way she wants? She wishes she could. After all it is the age of customization. So why not let your employees customize their work at office?

If you are thinking customization at work would lead to a bunch of lazy employees, you are wrong. In fact it makes them love what they do, leading to greater productivity, lower turnover, higher levels of engagement, better job satisfaction, and of course, outstanding results. Many leading companies today have started customizing work experiences according to the talents and interests of their employees.

When you customize learning, jobs, and rewards as per the interests of individuals, you bring in greater motivation and better results, aligning their work tasks with their actual strengths in a better way. You can even customize your recruiting practices to improve your ability to acquire top talent in the industry.

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Myths vs Truth
Demolishing Myths about HR Automation
Demolishing Myths about HR Automation 391 300 Kanhai Chhugani

From widespread fears about job loss to super intelligent robots that will eventually destroy humanity, there are many myths and misconceptions about the present and future adoption of automation tools – are they true?

We bust a few such myths.

Myth# 1

HR function can be completely replaced by automation software

While it’s true that there are different software available for performing different HR functions, namely an applicant tracking system for hiring; DocRead for core policy generation, SimpleX for payroll management, Cornerstone for recording employee performance, at no stage of the software evolutionary cycle, do we foresee complete overthrow of the human bring from the HR value chain.

These pieces of intelligent coding may be immensely useful in taking on some of the mundane tasks, but they simply cannot, ever replace the HR, completely. Human judgment would still be required not just to operate the software but also to decide and select between the various options created by the man-made programming tools.

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