Dare : A Bold New HR aka #SHRMI16 in 140 Characters

Just 140 characters!!

It was time for 1000+ HR folks to gather at the biggest HR event aka SHRM Annual Conference. 2 days of non-stop learning, sharing and connecting with passionate and inspiring HR folks. The discussions were not just restricted within the 4 walls of the conference room. They went viral all over Social Media Platforms. Twitter being the most happening place of all and guess what #SHRMI16 was trending on Twitter within 60 mins of the event being opened.

So let’s take a look at some of the interesting discussions that happened at the event in just 140 characters :

Learning never stops. So why stop exploring more tweets🙂 Go on and share your feedback, insights, views and inputs around this interesting theme : Dare a Bold New HR :) 

So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such BOLD tweets on #SHRMI16.


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Google Allo : HR’s New Best Friend!!!

“Send a reminder mail to Mr. Jayant, Miss Naina and Mr. Kunjal for sending across their Education and Work Experience Certificates”

“Share the list of last weekend drives final Dot Net and Java Selects. Also attach their Interview Assessment Sheets”

“Do Schedule a meeting with Mr. Kamdar on 5th Oct at 4pm IST for discussion around celebrating #WomanAtWork. Also attach Diversity Hiring Report 2016 with the schedule”

Response: Done🙂 Happy to help.

So, by now you would have realized that I am dictating this to someone and that someone has done the needful. Any guess who this someone might be? Well, it’s my new friend aka Google Allo. Life has become easy and I am able to focus on other productive work. All I have to do is type these instructions and Google Allo (Assistant) will do the rest. This is really an amazing way to delegate some transactional work and it surely saves lot of your time. You can ask for reports, schedule meeting, set reminders, ask Allo to also attach important files, links, Videos, Pictures and so on.

One of the major challenges that hiring professionals face during weekend drives is to follow up with candidates, remind them about their schedule, ask them to bring in the required documents and also follow up again on the day of the weekend drive. Allo can help you do it all. All you have to type in the required instructions and that’s it🙂 Simple right.

And guess what, post the event Allo can send in thank you note to all those who have attended the recruitment drive. To make things more interesting, Allo can also send the list of Final Selects to the Delivery Manager. That’s amazing stuff. All this possible just by typing😉

Here are a few more examples that might help you to leverage Google Allo:

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So how many of you actually tried it out!!! Did it work for you? Yes, No!!!  Before you remove me from your friends list, let me confess; this does not work as of now. But this will soon be a reality and HR will benefit a lot from this. Getting Data will not be boring anymore. It will be just a chat away. (Was tempted to use this line “Data is the new OIL”) 

Would be great to know your views, comments and suggestions on any other ways in which Allo or any other  Assistant apps can helps our HR community.


Rambling Recruiter


Dare : A Bold New HR

Who dare wins!!! Have you read this before? I’m sure most of you would have. It’s been long since I have been reading and hearing all sorts of things about “Do we need HR” “Can companies live without HR Function” and so on. Thanks to the so called tons and tons of HR Jargons that are being used these days, to confuse us and employees too. As they say, if you can’t convince, confuse them 😉 Let me take this opportunity to just say this : HR = HUMAN Resource “As long as we have Humans on earth (Soon Mars), they would need HR” That’s a BOLD statement right? Well, that’s the need of the hour and a fact too.

So, enough of convincing (Not Confusing) you all. Following post is all about getting to know the pulse of passionate working professionals about their views on “The Bold New HR”. This is an interesting theme that SHRM India has come up with this year for their Annual Event.

Let’s get started. There were just 3 questions that were asked to the audience and all they had to do was cast their vote. There were NOJARGONS used, nor was it an alien language, it was pure simple and to the point questions. Here you go:


Now that the results are out, I’m sure there would be loads of analysis, views, comments and suggestions. Feel free to add in your thoughts in the comments section of the blog. This will also help us as a HR community learn from each other.

PS : Do follow #SHRMI16 for some amazing insights around this BOLD theme – Dare : A Bold New HR


Rambling Recruiter

All about #TechHR16 in 140 characters

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain in 140 characters, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Kunjal Kamdar

It was time for the 3rd edition of TechHR and time to meet, learn and connect with the Who’s Who of the HR community. PeopleMatters as always managed to bring in amazing speakers, topics and provide a common learning platform for HR folks. Considering we all have a short attention span (Reading too); following are the tweets aka 140 Characters.

Here you go:

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Hope this collection of tweets might help you gain some interesting insights from the world of TechHR. In case you are on Twitter, you can also connect with the speakers in 140 characters right here : goo.gl/uYtxnJ

Looking forward to your views, comments and thoughts around TechHR16.


Rambling Recruiter


Join them only if you are SERIOUS about Empowering #WomenatWork !!

There has been a lot of talk and talk and talk about Gender Diversity and Empowering more women at work all around. I know we all obsessed with statistics and data, so here are some stats that might help us all end these discussions and Walk the talk:  

 – In India 48 percent of women drop out of the workforce before they reach middle management positions

– In India the government has mandated that all listed companies have at least one woman on the board, but 500-odd companies had defaulted on that as of October 2015

 India has one of the world’s largest gender gaps when it comes to labour force participation, with women accounting for 23-24% of the total labour force and generating a mere 17% of the share of GDP

 Indian women can add $2.9 trillion, or 60 percent to annual GDP, by as early as 2025, if allowed to participate in the workforce on an equal basis as men. This means that Indian companies are compromising on their profitability.

– According to a McKinsey report, women perform 9.8 times the amount of unpaid work than men in India. If that unpaid work were to be valued and compensated in the same way as paid work, it would contribute $300 billion to India’s economic output. 

Hopefully most of you are now convinced that this is the reality and we as an HR community must walk the talk. Being from the Sourcing and Hiring community, I would surely take this opportunity to highlight certain amazing and inspiring Communities that are working hard to ensure that there are more #WomenAtWork. Would be a humble request to just follow their amazing work towards empowering more women at work and encouraging more and more companies to hire women employees. 

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@SHEROESIndia :   

1000000 Women Served, 40000 Job Connects, 5000 Success Stories and so on. Enough said right!!! Kudos to @Sairee the founder of Sheroes and her amazing team for creating this amazing platform aka

A career destination for women professionals, committed to career success and individual work-life fit. They have dedicated sections wherein they showcase Jobs, Mentors, Featured Articles, and Events across India. So what are you waiting for, just click here to connect with them and empower more women at work: https://sheroes.in/

 @SheThePeopleTV :  

They are India’s 1st Storytelling platform for women leaders. A video story telling space that inspires women, strengthens their efforts, exchanges leadership ideas, fosters networking and reinforces their ability to contribute to growth. @shailichopra is the founder of ShethepeopleTV. 

They are presenting the modern Indian woman a platform to discuss and share the challenges faced by this up-tapped leadership community. We are investing in women and they are investing in us.They also have some amazing events such as Bombaywaali, Power Breakfast, Feminist Rani, Women in Music, Women’s Ink and so on.

 @WomanAtWorkMag : 

India’s 1st ever professional magazine for Working Women!!! Yes, you read it right. Woman At Work is a first-of-its-kind professional magazine and digital platform for talented women at work in India, launched in 2015. It aims to provide insights and avenues for women professionals – in corporate and non-corporate sectors, entrepreneurs, consultants, sportswomen, artists, freelancers- to continue or return to the productive workforce and excel in their field.

Poornima Batish is the Founder & Editor in Chief. Do subscribe to their magazine right here: http://womanatwork.in/

@back2dfront : 

This is a platfrom to enable women find their place in corporates, in businesses and in entrepreneurial ventures. Over the last three years, BTTF has helped several working women, women aspiring to return to work, women entrepreneurs realize their dreams by providing platforms to learn, to network and to grow. 

@Anjaligulati13 is the Founder Director @ People Konnect & Back to the Front. They have some amazing sections such as Corporate BTFF, Inc 2.0 (A career transition program for women who want to return to corporate after a sabbatical), Kartbymoms : A marketplace for stay-at-home moms to sell their products to corporates : www.kartbymoms.com 

@reboot_network :

Reboot is about YOU. A new beginning for women who left work to be daughters, mothers, wives, homemakers, care givers, et al. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you want to return to work now. But may not be sure when, where and how. 

Reboot is a mentoring and coaching community of women professionals; those who want to return to the workforce and those who have followed the traditional trajectory. All women are welcome to join this network and explore flexible, smart and effective ways to do paid work.

 @anupamaskapoor is the founder of this amazing and engaging platform. Reboot will help you get ready, redraft your resumes, train you, re-build your confidence and restart. Be a mentor, a coach and a companion through your transition and your journey. 

@BizDivasIndia :

Biz Divas provides a platform for the women of our region to come together and raise a common voice for promoting women leadership across all walks of life. They identify invest and bring visibility to extraordinary women in business, corporates and public leadership

They are recognized in the Top 10 Diversity Consultants category of the Global Diversity List 2015. Biz Divas identifies, invests and brings visibility to extraordinary women leaders from all walks of life. Sarika Bhattacharyya , Ranjana Deopa & Priyanka Awasthy are the co- founders of Biz Divas.

 @_WomenSpeakers_ : 

@elsamariedsilva @EstherNgumbi and @jasuja are the founders and this is their effort to make a public list of all women who are available to speak at conferences. 

This will enable them to call out organisers who have all male panels and question the lack of female representation at the event. It will also allow organisers to access a list of women experts so that there is no excuse for “manels”. Do sign up for this amazing initiatives right here: http://womenspeakers.me/


Koffeeplace is your ultimate career destination. They believe that to be successful, you have to love what you do, and find a balance between work and home. Koffeeplace is dedicated to helping women make that happen!

 Whether you are still finding your passion, or looking for a career change, or deciding to return to the workplace after a break, or just seeking to connect with women professionals in your city, Koffeeplace has got you covered! 

Ashni Dwarkadas, Anisha Parikh and Aparna Chand are the co-founders of this inspiring community for women. Browse exciting jobs, explore companies, get expert advice from mentors, get ahead with our career resources, and be a part of our growing community of professional women. Click right here for more information: http://koffeeplace.com/

@QweensNetwork :

What is Qween? – Quirky Women’s Empowerment Experiences Network.

Do you wish opportunities to work from home? Do you wish to network with like minded women? Do you wish to be cheered & not judged? Do you wish to have unique experiences? Do you wish to have more friends, mentors, business resources to get a jump start? This is what QWEEN is all about!

Neha Shah, Niti Jain and Deval Shah are the founders of Qween.

I am hopeful that you will follow these amazing women leaders and communities and empower more women at work. Do add in and share more of such inspiring communities to this list, so that it will benefit us all as a community.


Rambling Recruiter

Reboot Appraisal : 2.0!!!

It was that time of the year when both employee and employers were nervous. Yes, you guessed it right – Appraisal Discussion. I was all set with my list of achievements, awards, target achieved, appreciation mails etc. But there was this unpleasant silence in the room. Yet, I managed to keep a check on my nerves.

Soon the conference door opened and I was now in front of my manager. IT showed no emotions, no smile, no frowning, no nothing. Just a straight face. I was ready with my list and the discussion went on and on. IT did not sweat, nor did it take any breaks between the questions. IT was very clear, to the point, absolutely precise. It was a boring discussion for me and I was glad when it ended. But it did not end well for my manager. IT had crashed by the end of the discussion. My only concern was that IT should have saved this discussion or else I would have to go through the torture.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, let me tell you that the IT I have been talking about is a ROBOT. I won’t be surprised to see robots as our bosses. Perhaps, we will report to them, they will appraise us and who knows, FIRE us too!

But my curiosity (aka problem) is bigger than this.

– Will we, as employees, manage to work in harmony with robots?

– Will robots have the authority to fire employees (Us, humans)?!

– Will there be new policy that will protect robot’s interests?

– Will there be situations when humans will file a case against a robot for being unfair or being biased?

I’m pretty damn moved and imagining such situation. What about you? Share your views, ideas and apprehensions about this; not that far from reality, are we?🙂

Mother, Our Life Line

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a very modern world concept but a noble one. Moms have always been our lifeline, our support, our mentors, our best friends. We celebrate Mother’s Day this May 8th , since this day is absolutely close to my heart, I thought of sharing some workday ideas with the readers which are easy to implement.

Following are a list of idea that can be implemented very easily and will surely have a positive impact at workplace :

 A thank you note from the CEO or HR sent across to all working moms. This is a great way of reinstating your belief in them and letting them know how much they mean to the organization and how they are an integral part of your growth story

– If possible frame their Family portrait at their desk, nice surprise for them at the start of their day will just do wonders and make them smile for sure.

Invite their family members, especially their kids to office and let them see their work-spaces, meet their office friends and mingle with their peers, colleagues and bosses. Good way of integrating the extended family. You could also have a fun photo booth for the families, they can carry those memories back with them

– Organize a special lunch for all the working moms, if possible, tie-up with different outlets which can offer them discount on products, services. As I am sure, this group wouldn’t mind extra pampering and love.

– If possible invite a keynote speaker who can talk to them about career aspirations, work-life balance and the group can share tips with each other.

– A perfect occasion to launch Day Care Center if at all your company is planning to set it. This can also be a very great retention tool.

Ideally each day needs to be celebrated as “Mothers Day” as they are special. However we tend to forget to appreciate people and relationships on daily basis. This is a good reminder for us to start afresh again.

These are general tips, I am sure there are many more like these. Looking forward to your views around these workday ideas.


Rambling Recruiter

Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?

I get an email. It says “Your profile is interesting and we would like to meet you.” I’m sure a system screened my resume and assigned a bot to write me this mail. Soon I realize that the meeting has been scheduled via a Video Call. I sit back and wait for the call.  As soon as I get in the call, I see some questions on the screen and all I had to do was answer those. Some were objective and some were subjective. Soon  After I answer all the questions, the system says “Thank you Kunjal for your time, here are your results”🙂 [2 minutes silence!!!!] I was hoping that the bot would say “We will get back to you soon with the results” But that was pretty quick (and impressive).

So, moving on. Fortunately I did crack the interview. I soon got another email inviting me for another round. I was hoping it to be in person. Well, it was in person but there was no person in the office!!!! I was surprised to see a bot moving around and soon it entered a conference room. And another bot at the reception announced my name and I walked into the conference room. To my surprise a Beam Robot welcomed me and asked how my day was going. I was speechless as I could see a human actually interacting with me through this Beam Robot. That person was some 500 miles away from this location, but it was able to move around and interact with me.

Okay, so moving on, the interview did go well and I was hopeful to make it through. To make things more interesting, the Beam Robot escorted me to the reception. Out of habit, I put my hand out for a handshake but it struck to me that it was just a robot!!!!  So, after a few days, I received a call (Not sure if it was a bot or a real human) Anyway, I was more keen to know my final result. Fortunately, I did make it through and they offered me a job.

Now the real fun begins🙂

My first and last day at office!!!!!  Yes, you read it right. Just wait till you realize it. I was there for my Induction and it was all done by a Beam Robot. This time, there were real humans behind the screen and I was able to interact with them. Some were based outside the country, some were 300 miles away from this office. So I wondered, where will I be working from. Soon I realized that I was going to work from home. But, my new bot was going to work from this office! So I don’t get a laptop on my day one (or on the last day at the office), I get a beam robot.😉


PS: I had to draw this line to tell you folks to come back to reality🙂 Trust me, this is going to be a reality soon. In fact, this has already started in some or the other way. This year’s SHRMTECH16 had this on display and it was actually moving around and interacting with participants at the conference.

So, do you think Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?! Let me know in the comments below!


Rambling Recruiter

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#SHRMTECH16 in just 140 Characters!!!

Just 140 characters!! You must be wondering that how on earth is it possible to know all about the biggest confluence of people, business, and technology like no other in Asia. Well, its not that difficult to do that, thanks to the Twitter. 

The best part of #SHRMTECH16 hashtag was that it was the best place to connect, learn and engage with the HR community. The discussions included Digital HR, HR Innovation in the Age of Technology, The ROI of HR Technology, Harnessing a Digital Mindset, Life & Work with Robots, Creating and Managing a Digital Workforce, Disruptions for HR Tech in 2016 and so on. 

Although there were 600+ folks who had attended #SHRMTECH16, the discussions were not just restricted within the 4 walls of the conference room. The discussions went viral all over Social Media Platforms. Twitter being the most happening place of all and guess what #SHRMTECH16 was trending on Twitter within 60 mins of the event being opened.

So let’s take a look at some of the interesting discussions that happened at the event in just 140 characters :
















One thing is for sure that learning never stops. All we need to do is follow the hashtag #SHRMTECH16. So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such insightful tweets.

Looking forward to your views and comments on the topics that were discussed at #SHRMTECH16.


Rambling Recruiter

#SHRMTECH16 Tweetchat with Jason Averbook

Still 1 day to go for #SHRMTECH16, but the amazing insights just keep on coming. It was time for a Tweetchat that was conducted by the SHRMIndia Team : 60 mins of non-stop action. All you had to do was shoot questions to Jason Averbook

Was taken aback by the ease at which he answered all the questions. As the questions just kept on coming from all directions.  PS: Have just 3 words for the way Jason Averbook responded the questions ” Honest, Clear and Candid”. No typical Gyan, just to the point🙂

So for those who missed the insightful Tweetchat, here are some insights around it.

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I am sure you would like to get more of such amazing insights.  Well, all you need to do is follow #SHRMTECH16


Rambling Recruiter


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