Are you celebrating your employees?

If not you, then your competition will do the needful. When was the last time you got a congratulations mail on your work anniversary or birthday or marriage anniversary? Does your company know you have won a marathon or a medal in sports or won a singing competition?  If they know it, then your company is really thinking about you. If not, then you have the answers.

There will be a set of folks who would say, why we need this. Does it really matter how you make your employees feel? Do they even value it? To get these answers, you don’t have to go far away. Your internal engagement surveys will surely throw some light on these important factors. We as human beings are programmed to avoid recognizing others and that is why they say that negative news spreads faster than a positive one.

imageNow that you are a bit convinced about the importance of celebrating employees, here are some tips on how you can achieve this. It’s no rocket science, genuine intent and willingness is all you need.

a) Create a platform to share stories: Information is everything. It will be impossible for you to gather inspiring stories from across the company. So all you need to do is create a platform for employees to share their or others inspiring stories within the company.

b) Celebrate stories internally and externally: In this day and age of social platforms, do leverage it and encourage such stories to be published internally and externally. It could be on your intranet, yammer, corporate social media channels etc.

c) Leverage Automation: In case your company is huge and it’s tough to manage the content, do leverage automation while communicating. Personalization can’t be ignored, but automation will help you reach the employees at scale across locations.

d) Create Social Ambassadors: Great opportunity for companies to create and empower Social Ambassadors who can stay connected with employees and encourage them to share inspiring stories.

Last but not the least, show genuine intent to celebrate your own employees. Appreciation goes a long way and helps employees to think that their own company cares for them. Their success is your success. Their happiness is your happiness. On this positive note, would be great to know your thoughts and views on this interesting topic.

How do you celebrate your employees?


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All about #SHRMIAC19 in 280 characters!

For starters, #SHRMIAC19 was trending on Twitter 🙂

Was fortunate to be part of the Blog Squad for the 5th consecutive year. It has always been a great learning experience meeting the inspiring and passionate blog squad. This year’s theme was all about “ELEVATE” and the event had attracted over 1800+ HR professionals and about 150 speakers across the globe.

Now that the context is set, time to explore about the action that took place at #SHRMIAC19 via Tweets. Yes, you read it right. Twitter is an amazing place where we can all learn, network and gain insights. So here are some of the golden nuggets from #SHRMIAC19 in 280 characters.


It was indeed 2 days of non-stop learning and meeting the HR community at the event. As HR folks, we must make it a point to invest in our own learning and such conferences does provide us an opportunity to just do that. Would be great to know your views around these or any other insights that you gained via #SHRMIAC19.

Let’s continue this conversation on Twitter and let’s help each other to learn and grown.


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3 things HR is doing right to Elevate themselves!

It’s time to Elevate. The theme at this year’s SHRMIAC19 is “ELEVATE“. The literal meaning of Elevate is “raise to a more important or impressive level“. Now the obvious question you might have is “Are we as HR professionals ready to elevate our function?”. You might already have an answer. But still taking this opportunity to share 3 things that HR is doing right to elevate themselves. Do feel free to agree or disagree. As such healthy conversations do help us all learn and grow.

Elevate 1: Employee Experience

#DidYouKnow: There are around 50K profiles on LinkedIn that have “Employee Experience” mentioned on their profiles. Not just that, there are about 27,90,000 results on Google for this term. So what is this all about? Is this important? Do we really need this? The right question would be – Do employees need this? I am sure that most of the employees would agree to this. Let’s not get into making this complicated, Employee Experience is a journey and not a sprint race.

Employee Experience is no longer just a word or a role that had been assigned to HRBP. It is now a dedicated role in most of the companies. It’s great to see HR Leaders investing in this important role and the HR organization is getting involved to leverage Employee Experience.


Elevate 2 : Employee Advocacy

#DidYouKnow: “An average employee advocate is 2 x more trusted than a company CEO” – Edelman Trust BarometerIn.  Employee Advocacy is now gaining more importance than ever before as there have been amazing tools that are helping companies and employees to promote and share with just one click. Good to see HR leaders investing in tools and empowering employees to brand their company. You can read more about this interesting topic right here: Why employee advocacy is important for organizations 


Elevate 3 : Alumni Experience

This is a true gold mine for companies and they have started to realize it. Investing in a robust Alumni network is the need of the hour. There have been startups who have developed tools that can help you manage your alumni. Please Note: Alumni is not past and should not be mistaken as an end of regular interaction. Your Alumni are the best brand ambassador of your institution around the globe. It’s a matter of great honor and pride to celebrate their success and achievements. Read more about this interesting topic right here: Does Alumni Experience matter?

Looking forward to hear your views, comments, suggestions on these or any other topics that you think HR is elevating. Also looking forward to follow these and many other key topics at this year’s #SHRMAIC19. You can explore more about the agenda and the amazing list of speakers right here:



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Are you game for “Asia’s Largest HR and Work Tech Conference”

Yet another year where PeopleMatter brings in “Asia’s Largest HR and Work Tech Conference”. Yes, you read it right. I am sure you would have heard loads of conversations around HR and Business. This year PeopleMatters has come up with an interesting theme which states “TechHR  – Where Business Happens”  TechHR is providing this opportunity and platform where meaningful conversations take place among professionals and business leaders.


Here are top 3 reasons why you must be part of TechHR 2019:

  • 70 + Thought Leaders, HR Practitioners, HR Technology Product Leaders from across the globe will be sharing their experience and insights. Eagerly looking forward to hear Anil Kumble, Josh Bersin, Leena Nair, Piyush Pandey, Ashish Vidyarthi and Devdutt Pattanaik at the conference. Not to forget Anirban Dasgupta – Stand-up Comedian & Writer
  • People Matters TechHR Start-up Program invites early-stage start-ups in the HR & Work Tech space, to take the full opportunity and interact with investors, buyers and their peers during People Matters TechHR Conference and exhibit to the decision makers in the space of HR.
  •  Stand a chance to learn from People Matters TechHR Startup Program mentors 2019

The next question you might have in your mind would be what all topics that will be covered at this years TechHR, right? So here you go:

  • Leading in the Digital Age
  • Imagining the workplace of 2025
  • The 5 Biggest Opportunities for CHROs for 2025
  • Actualizing Inclusion at Workplace Through Tech
  • Business Productivity and Employee Experience with People Analytics
  • Managing Work in a Gig Economy
  • Transformation against Crisis
  • Using AI to increase employee engagement
  • Emotional intelligence in the age of tech
  • Humanizing talent technology

So what is your favorite HR topic? If you ask my favorites once, I am looking forward to sessions around Employee Experience, Using AI to increase employee engagement and The 5 Biggest Opportunities for CHROs for 2025.

Would be great to know your views around these interesting TechHR. Don’t forget to follow PeopleMatters on Twitter for interesting conversations, Tweetchats and event details.


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Does Alumni Experience matter?

You must be wondering what AE is all about aka Alumni Experience. Before we try to understand if AE matters or not, let’s first explore what AE is all about. How would you feel if you get a Mail / Message / Whatsapp etc wishing you on your birthday? (Ways of communication list is long these days, so feel free to imagine your preferred communication mode) You would like it? Right! But imagine if that message comes from your previous employer or college! Now, how would you feel about it?

Now that you have thought about how you would feel, are you still thinking about the million dollar question – “Does Alumni Experience matter? There has been lot of talk about “Experience” be it Customer or Employee Experience. Both matter and both have a direct relation. EX + CX = Happy Employees and Customers. So the next logical question would be where does AE fit in? Both set of stakeholders do have a strong Alumni group. In short it’s nothing less than a gold mine.

Note: Alumni is not past and should not be mistaken as an end of regular interaction. Your Alumni are the best brand ambassador of your institution around the globe. It’s a matter of great honor and pride to celebrate their success and achievements.

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So how do we leverage this gold mine?

a) Apart from the regular updates and information on various social media channels that you have, there is a need to have a structured approach to leverage the Alumni Network.

b) Creating or acquiring a dedicated Alumni platform that can help connect and engage is the need of the hour. (Example : )

c) Consistent and relevant content must be ensured for the success of this alumni network.

d) Dedicated campaign around showcasing success stories of alumni across the globe.

There is no shortage of data. All you need to do is tap into it and leverage the powerful network of your alumni. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the most of the amazing alumni network that you have. Would be great to know your views around how you are using your alumni network.

They are serious about Empowering #WomenatWork ;are you?

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 labor force participation, with women accounting for 23-24% of the total labor 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. 



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

Onalytica‘s “Future of work Top 100 influencers and brands” featured our founder Sairee Chahal at No.53 in the influencer list and SHEROES at No.30 in the brands category. So what are you waiting for, just click here to connect with them and empower more women at work:



In March 2015, JobsForHer was founded by Neha Bagaria and a team of 5 other women returnees, working out of Social, Church Street, a restobar in Bangalore. That team has now grown to over 60 members, with 80% women returnees, with a culture of high ownership, deep accountability and inclusive support to one another.

JobsForHer is an online portal that enables women to accelerate their careers by connecting to jobs, community, mentoring, reskilling & networking.


@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.



A media tech platform in the business of enabling women to tell their own stories. We are a community that inspires and empowers.

Women’s Web began in 2010 with one woman’s conviction that women were more interested in the world around them than conventional magazines gave them credit for. Women’s Web is a media tech company in the business of producing great content that inspires, and enables brands to reach a targeted digital audience.

Women’s Web enables women to share real stories, and is a leading resource for women in India – online as well as ‘in the real world’ over creative event formats.


@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:


@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 :


@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.


@her2nd_innings :

Her Second Innings has been created as a platform to make women financially independent, emotionally strong and socially empowered. We know that a woman can transform herself and those around her when she believes in herself, and this belief comes from self-awareness and self-empowerment. Our collaboration with women professionals is based on a TRIAD OF TRUST

Manjula Dharmalingam, founder of Her Second Innings to create women empowerment through financial freedom. Bhavya spearheads Business Development activities at HerSecond Innings.


@_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:


@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.



Creating better world where differences are accepted & celebrated to enable equal opportunities.

As a top 10 Global Diversity Consultant, we have collaborated with 100+ organisations, influenced 100,000+ individuals across regions. Our internationally acclaimed mentoring program has impacted 10,000+ women leaders. BeyondDiversity helps to promote a culture of respect, performance and equal opportunities for all.


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.


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50K passionate “Employee Experience” champs across the globe!

The number is impressive, right? There are around 50K profiles on LinkedIn that have “Employee Experience” mentioned on their profiles. Not just that, there are about 27,90,000 results on Google for this term. So what is this all about? Is this important? Do we really need this?

The right question would be – Do employees need this? I am sure that most of the employees would agree to this. There are many blogs, articles, papers that have various definitions around “Employee Experience”. Let’s not get into making this complicated, Employee Experience is a journey and not a sprint race. This is the most popular image that you will come across when you think about Employee Experience.

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Although it may mean different to difference people, but the main objective is to make the journey meaningful during your stay in the company and even after you have left the organization.

Here is a list of top 10 countries who have these passionate folks that are working towards enhancing your employee experience: Is your country in this list 🙂

a) Australia – 2145

b) Finland : 560

c) Sweden : 240

d) India : 2558

e) Germany : 420

f) US : 25642

g) Canada : 4855

h) UK : 3476

i) Norway, Czech  : 50 & 81 respectively

One more interesting stats that came around this search is the years of experience and years in current position. This is a good sign that employee experience is a serious business. 


Now that you have some data in hand, would be great to know your views around this topic “Employee Experience”. Do you think this trend is here to stay? How can we as professionals work towards making this a meaningful experience for the employees?


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World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Banks 2015 – 2018

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 , 2016. 2017 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)


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Few Key takeaways:

  • All of these banks have a dedicated YouTube Channel
  • SBI is the top bank with maximum followers on Twitter (Currently at 3.69 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 (200% increase on YouTube and 141% on Instagram)
  • HDFC has seen 62% increase on YouTube Subscribers , as compared to 2017
  • RBL Bank and Bandhan Bank has see maximum increase on their YouTube Handle – 448% and 483% increase since 2017
  • And one more, SBI again leads in the space of Instagram too with 836K followers

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


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World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Pharma Companies (2015 -2018)

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 , 2016. 2017 and here we are exactly a year later to explore the Statistics of 2018

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”


Few Key takeaways:

  • All of these Pharma companies have a dedicate careers tab on their LinkedIn Company Page
  • Cipla has the highest increase in Facebook Followers as compared to 2017 ie 22%
  • Sun Pharma has seen an increase in Youtube subscribers ie 173% rise as compared to 2017
  • Zydus Group has seen 92% increase in their Twitter followers as compared to 2017.
  • Pfizer and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories have seen an good increase on their YouTube Channel in terms of subscribers ie 51% and 117% respectively

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


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The first ever HR Unconference in India!!

Just like me, I am sure that you too might have been curious to know more about the word “Unconference”. I guess this is exactly what the team at HRInteract wanted to achieve. Well, they did manage to connect and engage with over 150+ HR Professionals.

So coming back to the term Unconferences , its often used variations on the format/method developed by Harrison Owen in 1985. Owen’s 1993 book Open Space Technology: a User’s Guide discussed many of the techniques now associated with unconferences, although his book does not use that term.

#DidYouKnow : The term “unconference” first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference in 1998.

It was my first time to attend such an Unconference and it was worth it. Great to see 150+ passionate HR folks in one big room suggesting topics and discussing it with each-other. The format was unique, as each topic had a board owner and the participants could move around and contribute on each of the topics around the room.


The USP of this was that HRInteract team would then come up with a book that would be co authored by each of the 150+ HR professionals present in the room. Yes, you read it right. A book that will be published by the community and for the community.

In case you want to actually see glimpses of the event, here you go :

Would be great to know your views on this interesting way to connect and participate. You can also follow HRInteract on Twitter.


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