✨ Feature 11 with Prashant Srivastava ✨
"HR has evolved significantly in the past 20-25 years, transitioning from labor and industrial relations to a strategic function focused on talent development and retention" says Prashant Shrivastava, Vice President - HR at Medi Assist. Technology has played a crucial role in this evolution, automating processes and enhancing the employee experience. Today, HR is a strategic, technology-driven function prioritizing talent and personalized learning. Prashant says that while industry-specific challenges exist, people-related challenges remain consistent across industries. Attracting, retaining, and developing talent are common aspects faced by HR professionals. Effective people practices, a nurturing environment, and clear career paths are crucial. Addressing compensation, long-term retention, and value creation for individuals are also important. Prashant believes that for people leaders it becomes essential to evaluate actions to benefit both individuals and the organization, avoiding leaning too heavily towards one side. Managing ambiguity and chaos is a skill and one needs to become adaptable to navigate unpredictable business environments, embracing continuous learning to effectively lead teams and address challenges. His advice for early career professionals is to: ➡️ Develop technological proficiency: Stay updated on HR technology advancements to adapt and leverage them effectively. ➡️ Foster Holistic Learning: Focus on building a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that can be applied in the future, rather than just climbing the career ladder. ➡️ Explore Business Roles: Consider leveraging your HR expertise to contribute to broader organizational objectives and explore career paths beyond HR. ➡️ Understand Human Behavior: Invest time in studying psychology to gain insights into human behavior and apply them effectively in an organizational context.
By following these, HR professionals may become more equipped to navigate challenges, build strong relationships, and contribute to the success of both the business and its people.
We at Athena Executive Search & Consulting (AESC) are a global consulting firm with vast experience in supporting organizations looking to onboard leadership talent across critical business functions. We commenced a series that seeks to highlight some of the most distinguished leaders in human resources. This series will bring a spotlight on their journey, learnings and perhaps answer some pertinent questions for aspiring HR leaders.