Ashish Gakrey, has 17 years of corporate diversified exposure to HR Operations, HR Generalist, Talent Management, Talent Sourcing & Talent Acquisition, Induction, Learning & Development, PMS, Motivation, Engagement, Retention, HR Policies, HR Processes, Audit, Compliance & HR Shared Services or HRSS.
Q: How can HR professionals manage through a pandemic like the current one?
A: At this time, not every HR manager is in trouble, because there are companies who are doing well. There is a workforce whose mindset has been changed, their assumptions have been changed. Employees are being asked to work from home so managers are managing the work relations and efforts virtually. So by virtually working from anywhere, there are many things that come into consideration from taking care of employees to taking care of logistics and infrastructure, employee wellness, communication and even taking care of the investments and not just about work.
Normally we say that HR needs to go beyond employees, which is to get into employee family. This is the perfect time for HR managers to get in touch with the employees and build up relationships with them. HR can make a difference by providing training to the employees, online recruitments, virtual onboarding and digital team engagement. The entire life cycle HR used to do is now virtual.
This is a golden opportunity for HR to a lot of things beyond their specified role.
Q: What all strategies HR managers can adopt for induction training when all the employees are working remotely?
A: There are no specific strategies, organisations need to follow the basic steps. The unique thing which has come is that induction is going to open virtually. Virtual induction can happen in a similar manner like how it was done in the company, like fixing a date, deciding who are going to attend and conduct the induction.
Organisations need to have the proper software or digital platform to conduct the induction in a very systematic manner. HR managers can also conduct ice-breaking sessions to help employees.
Q: How important is workplace compliance training?
A: Every company has its own ethics. In my previous firm, it was called ‘Blue Book’, where employees will get a mail regarding company ethics and they need to go through and sign the document. Now all such things have gone online, during this time of the pandemic.
Q: What is HR Shapers all about?
A: HR shapers is a Non- Profit Organisation which started 6 years ago and has a presence all over India and outside the country as well. We are a network of companies that have joined their forces and competencies to shape the world of work together. We conduct surveys, webinars, summits and meeting, which have now shifted to digital platform due to the current crisis.