Empowered HR Community – HRInteract

There are HR events and more HR events. I am sure you would have attended many of them. Recently was fortunate to attend a HR Event that was organized by a bunch of passionate HR champs. The idea was about Co – Creating an “Empowered HR Community”. So, lets go ahead with some of the unique points that make this community different from others.

1)     To foster fellowship amongst HR practitioners from varied Industry backgrounds.
2)     To enhance professional development by interactive sharing sessions and experiential learning related to HR by accomplished professionals / leaders.
3)     To acquire and continuously develop new knowledge and skills related to HR through research of latest technologies and best practices demonstrated by organizations
4)     To co-operate with educational and research institutions in developing schemes of instruction in HR principles and practice, stimulating student participation in HR & management education and in the activities of HR Interact.

The Key Note Speaker of the event was Divyanshu Ganatra aka India’s first blind solo paraglider. Yes, you read it right. The audience was spell bound for almost 40 mins when Mr Ganatra took the stage. His experiences right from his struggle days to the moments when he became India’s first blind solo paraglider, to the moment when people said “How can blind people use or learn computers”, to “how it took him 7 years to find an instructor, but just 5 days to learn paragliding”  One must be present in the room to hear him speak with such passion and conviction.

Post this inspiring key note from Divyanshu, it was time for the Mentor Mr Adi Raheja, a facilitator who is driven by the passion to enable individuals and organisations to discover their best selves. He does this through his writings, experiential workshops, inclusive consulting and group process facilitation. He introduced an interesting concept known as “World Cafe”  A world café or knowledge café is a structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, with individuals switching tables periodically and getting introduced to the previous discussion at their new table by a “table host”.

Explore some interesting snapshots of this event.  Always great to see 150 + passionate HR professionals participating and co – creating an empowered community.


For those who missed the event can explore the amazing insights right here : https://twitter.com/HR_interact 

Good Luck to Team HR Interact : Dinesh Gupta, Sunil Kashikar, Sudesh Verma, Parag Mehta, Viju Gangadharan, Jashan Joshi, Anshuman Mukherjee, Sheben Rawat, Manish Pipalwa.

Looking forward to your views around HR Communities and how can we leverage it to make our HR community more engaged and empowered.


Rambling Recruiter





150 walks in 60 countries!!! #globalmentoringwalk

I am sure you might have heard this term “Walk the Talk”. It was actually time to do that 🙂 Was fortunate to attend a #globalmentoringwalk organized by BD Foundation Vital Voices. The Global Mentoring Walk is a notable initiative taking place on the same day in several countries around the world in celebration of the International Women’s Day.

BD Foundation is the official flag bearer of The Global Mentoring Walk in India. In the past 5 years they have hosted various walks around the country mobilizing thousands of women and provided established women leaders a platform to activate the potential of a new generation of change-making, boundary-pushing women and girls, enabling them to create a better world for us all.

One such unique walk was organized at SKF, Chinchwad Campus. There were around 50+ passionate and inspiring leaders were present 8 am in the morning. Each one of them all set to “Walk the Talk”. Participants ie Mentors and Mentees came from various companies such as Tieto, Barclays, Eaton, Sandvik and SKF. Mentors and Mentees were paired up and the walk started. I guess informal talks do help each one of us to open up and learn from each-other. Such unique platform does help in creating the next set of leaders too.

Post the walk it was time for an engaging panel discussion that included passionate leaders such as Pranali Save, Syam Chintapenta and Shaffic Ahamed. They went on to share in their insights around mentoring, how to go about it, what to focus on and how to also create informal platforms around mentoring programs at corporate organisations.

Just like others I too was excited to then hear Sudha Menon, Author, columnist, speaker, writing coach, founder, Get Writing and Writing With Women. at Independent. She was candid and shared some amazing insights around how she started writing.

Would like to take this opportunity to thank Sarika BhattacharyyaRashmi for giving me this opportunity to cover this event and learn from these amazing mentors and mentees. Already looking forward to the next #globalmentoringwalk

Note: Do follow BD Foundation on Twitter to learn more about this event.

No provision on “Paternity Leave” in Indian labour law !!!

Yes, you read it right – There is no provision on paternity leave in Indian labour law for private sector workers. On the other hand All India and Central Civil Services Rules allow Central government employees 15 days of paternity leave. This also extends to cases where a child has been adopted.


Off lately there has been a news that if the Paternity Benefit Bill, 2017 goes through, fathers will be able to get paternity leave extendable up to three months. Member of Parliament from Maharashtra, Rajeev Satav,  did quote in Business Today, “Child care is the joint responsibility of both parents. They must devote time to the newborn to ensure its proper well-being,”

Interesting facts:

a) The Swedes are entitled to 480 combined days of paid parental leave—240 for mom and 240 for dad.

b) In the US, there is no federally-mandated paid parental leave

c) In Norway, parents are entitled to 46 weeks at full salary, or 56 weeks at 80% pay.

d) Germany : Father or mother can take up to 52 weeks of parental leave with a minimum of 2 months for each parent. If both parents take at least 2 months, the leave is extended up to 60 weeks

e) Iceland : Father is entitled to up to 6 months leave, of which 3 months are mandatory. During this period of leave they are paid 80% of their normal pay.

f) Spain : Fathers are entitled to 30 days of paid leave.

So now that you have a good background of the topic, lets shift our attention to the ground reality of what some of the companies have to offer for fathers (Following data is collected via various news articles and information which is publicly available. In case you want to add / edit, do feel free to do so in the interest of the readers)


Amazing numbers right!!! The range is from 1 day to 52 weeks. Would be interesting to see how would be landscape change if and when the law passes in parliament for granting 3 months leave.

Would be great to know your views on this topic and also if you want to add / edit any companies, do feel free to comment on this blog. As this is a sheet that we will keep updating for the benefit of the readers.


Rambling Recruiter


World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Pharma Companies

Confession time!!!! Just like the previous blog about Banks, had to wait for 365 days to come up with this blog too. Had made a small attempt to capture the social media statistics of Pharma companies in 2015 and 2016. And here we are exactly a year later to explore the Statistics of 2017

So before you get into the data part, would like to thank the Digital Marketing, HR, Talent Acquisition and Corporate Marketing teams of all these companies who have created an impact on their customers, clients and candidates via their social sites. So keep it going and keep inspiring                                                                                                  

So enough of Talking, let’s look at the DATA!!!! (We are all so obsessed with Data)

Presenting World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Pharma Companies”

Pharma Stats

Few Key takeaways:

  • All of these Pharma companies have a dedicate careers tab on their LinkedIn Company Page
  • Cipla has the highest increase in Twitter Followers as compared to 2016 ie 196%
  • Sun Pharma has seen an increase in LinkedIn followers ie 47% rise as compared to 2016
  • Zydus Group has seen 178% increase in their Twitter followers as compared to 2016.
  • Pfizer and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories have seen an good increase on their YouTube Channel in terms of subscribers ie 127% and 265% respectively

Looking forward to your views and comments on this blog post.


Rambling Recruiter

World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Banks 2015 – 2017

Confession time!!! Had to wait for exactly 365 days to come up with this blog. Had made a small attempt to capture the social media statistics of banks in 2015 and 2016. And here we are exactly a year later to explore the progress of social numbers.

Being a student of social media, I do understand that it’s not an easy task to manage, create, implement, and track social media numbers along with its impact. So before you get into the data part, would like to thank the Digital Marketing, HR, Talent Acquisition, Corporate Marketing teams of all these banks who have surely created an impact on their customers, clients and candidates via their social sites. So keep it going and keep inspiring.

So enough of Talking, let’s look at the DATA!!!! (We are all so obsessed with Data)

Banks SM

Few Key takeaways:

  • All of these banks have a dedicated YouTube Channel
  • SBI is nearing 3 M followers on Twitter (Currently at 2.85 M )
  • 62% of these banks have a dedicate careers tab on their LinkedIn Company Page
  • IDFC Bank has seen an amazing growth in all of its Social Channels (100% increase on LinkedIn, FB & Twitter)
  • HDFC has seen 100% increase on their Twitter Followers, as compared to 2016
  • RBL Bank has managed to create reach 135k followers on Twitter in 2017
  • Bandhan Bank has seen over 550% increase in their Facebook Likes as compared to 2016.
  • SBI again takes the cake as they have seen a 247% rise in subscribers on their YouTube channel.
  • And one more, SBI again leads in the space of Instagram too with 372K followers

Looking forward to your views and comments on this blog post.


Rambling Recruiter


Yet another positive step towards “Health & Wellness”

There has been a lot of buzz about Health & Wellness. Some weeks back I feel fortunate to be part of a Tweet Chat organized by Life and Money and that did give me a fantastic opportunity to make some research on this important, however most of the time overlooked topic and gain my interest. You can follow #LnMChat on Twitter for more conversations around this topic.

Meanwhile, here are some insights that did help me learn more about why is Health & Wellness so important and need self-attention.

  • Indian wellness sector is at INR 500 billion and it is expected to hit the mark of $1 trillion by 2020.
  • In India, diabetic nephropathy is expected to develop in 6.6 million of the 30 million patients suffering from diabetes
  • Number of people with hypertension was 118.2 million in 2000 to 213.5 million by 2025

Some of us would say that this data is an eye-opener and we need to do something about it. Well, it’s great to see corporates doing their bit towards encouraging employees to take Health & Wellness seriously. Did see lot of action at Tieto that were in the right direction to encourage and inspire employees to work towards their Health & Wellness area. Some of them includes:

  • Regular participation and sponsoring Marathons, Inter sports competitions
  • Free Annual Health Checkup for all employees
  • Fitness Challenge across the company and encourage employees to track their steps
  • Gym Kit as a annual gift to all employees
  • Regular Health Tips
  • Tieto has Launched a dedicate Employee Assistance Program that includes; Counselling & Coaching, Online Self Help Tools, Diet and Nutrition Services, Critical Incident Stress Management for employees


It’s also a great opportunity for us as employees to also leverage such programs. Health & Wellness is not just the responsibility of corporates, nevertheless it’s our responsibility to take care of our health. Would be great to also know and learn how is your company promoting and encouraging Health & Wellness programs.

PS: Organizations are going great length to support health & wellness but if individuals are not participating then it is just another initiative which would vanish soon.


Rambling Recruiter

Looking for inspiring #WomanAtWork?

There is no shortage of articles around #WomanAtWork and % of women at work. I too have published a few of those; #WomanAtWork as Chairman of $108 billion company!! & Join them only if you are SERIOUS about Empowering #WomenatWork !! But then I did ponder around this important question “So What”. Yes I agree we have all this data that tells us about the current situation around #WomanAtWork. But what are we doing about it? How do we bridge the gap?

Well, over the years I have been fortunate to have met many Inspiring Women Leaders via various conferences, Tweetchats and through blogging assignments.  I have been hearing this common line from many working women out there “Where and how can we connect with inspiring leaders” “Can we find an easy way to learn from their experience”

This is the exact reason why I was curious to work on a List that could help bridge the gap and help women find and connect with mentors and inspiring leaders. So coming straight to the point, following are the key points of the Twitter list that I am about to share:

  • This Twitter List has over 600 + inspiring leaders that we all can learn from
  • This list includes CEO’s, Doctors, Singers, HR Influencers, Dentist, Food Bloggers, Travel Bloggers, Founders, Musicians, Teachers, Vlogger, Youtuber, Zumba Expert, Filmmaker, Banker, Baker, Chef, RJ Psychologist, Coach, CMO, Comedian, Journalist, Editors, Venture Capitalist, Marine Biologist, Microbiologist …….. and many more champs in their respective fields.


So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the most of this Twitter List 🙂 Oh, I guess I missed on sharing the link 🙂

Here you go, you are just one click away for connecting with over 600 + inspiring leaders in their respective fields : https://goo.gl/Gv9xjk

Would be great to know if you were able to find and connect with your inspiring leader in this list.

A big thank you to all these empowered women. Keep it going and keep inspiring.


Rambling Recruiter

Green or Red!!!

All it takes is just Red or Green button to get insights around employee morale. One set of folks would be more keen to talk about Systems, AI, Machine Learning, High End Gadgets etc to track and measure employees morale. Whereas the other set of folks might want something which is easy, simple and effective.

Well, if you are looking for the 2nd option, this might be something that you would like to explore. During some research assignment around how to gauge employees morale, in simple words the mood of employees, I landed on this interesting site : Celpax .They have a simple yet strong mission, a mission to make it as easy as possible for all employees to participate in improving the workplace. This is where they caught my attention and I happened to order the device and get a feel of it. PS: The 1st device is FREE. You read it right, FREE.

So the device did travel across the world; it came all the way from Barcelona to Germany to Amsterdam to Mumbai and then finally Pune 🙂 And to make things interesting there was a personalized note too in the box (Contains Device, Collaterals, How to Install Note) PS: It did take around 3 mins to install the device.

Now that the system is on, it will be interesting to see what insights can be recorded. For folks who are totally into DATA, there is a dashboard that you get access to. This is the place where in you get Mood KPI information, weekly data, trends, days wise participation etc.

So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and explore this simple, easy and effective way to involve your employees and put a smile on their face (Hopefully a Green Button 🙂 )

Would be great to also know your views on this interesting way to improve your workplace aka happiness quotient.


Rambling Recruiter

Nerve to Innovate : Hackathon

Army Institute of Technology, Pune organized a Hackathon in association of Tieto for the future leaders aka students. The main aim was to encourage them and provide a platform to come up with innovative ideas and work on real-time solutions and prototypes. The event did see great participation and over 60 teams participated in a 24 hour Hackathon from October 2 – 4, 2017. The Chief Guest, Mr. Nilesh Sahasrabudhe, Country Head along with Awantika Bhardwaj, India HR Head, Tieto were present at the event.

The themes of the Hackathon were around Smart Cities, Crime Monitoring, Healthcare & Wellness, Production & Purchase, AR / VR and Citizenship. It was a great opportunity for the students from various colleges across Pune to came together and solve real life challenges. Some of the solutions were around creating mobile apps for “Smart Traffic System”, “Air Monitoring Systems”, “Smart Water Irrigation System”, “Port Management Software”, “Blood Donation Management”, “Healthcare Apps” that can call ambulances and proactively collect patients details etc.

The format of the hackathon included:

•      The first round around idea pitching round where the teams were allowed to present their ideas in a presentation of 5 minutes followed by a question/answer by the judges for 2 minutes.

•      Post which the teams were judged based on their ideas, creativity, innovation and practicality and the shortlisted teams were announced for the final round.

•      In the final round, the teams worked on making a prototype of their present idea. It was in the form of an app, a hardware device, website and so on.

In his speech, Mr. Nilesh Sahasrabudhe, Country Head Tieto talked about the importance of such events and how they are an extended arm to corporate. The teams who qualified for the semifinals and final round were evaluated by a panel of experts from Tieto, Mr Rahul Kumar, Mr Rakesh Singh and Mr Shailendra Jain along with professors from Army Institute of Technology, Pune.


Winners : The winning team Marine Troopers from Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune came up with a working prototype – Port Management Software to analyze and optimize different port operations, resulting in efficient traffic handling

Great to see collaboration between colleges and corporate for such events and these do encourage and inspire budding talent to think differently and make an impact.

#SHRMiAC in 140 characters

It was that time of the year when #SHRMiAC aka the most premium HR event in the subcontinent, which has the top thought leaders from across the globe who share key insights, best practices and equip us with tools that propel you to become a winner.

This year too it was no different. You must be wondering that how on earth is it possible to know all about this event in just 140 characters !!!! Well, its not that difficult, thanks to the Twitter.

The best part of #SHRMiAC hashtag was that it was the best place to connect, learn and engage with the HR community.

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 #SHRMiAC 🙂 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 #SHRMiAC


Rambling Recruiter

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