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TNF India - East organises HR Practices sharing session

Published on July 29 , 2016

Tata Network Forums (TNF) India - East organised the third edition of the HR Practices Sharing session in July 2016 at Golmuri Club, Jamshedpur. The theme of the session – ‘Deliberating a few HR challenges’ – was to facilitate a discussion on the challenges faced by Tata companies and to deliberate on HR’s role to address them. Besides experience sharing, several good practices were also discussed by the speakers during the discussions. More than 55 CHROs, HR professionals and Business Excellence Heads from 15 Tata companies attended the session. 

Tarun Daga, MD, Tinplate Company of India, and HR Practices head for TNF India – East, hosted the event. Mr Daga was assisted by a core team, comprising R Somnath (Tata Sponge), Nidhi Basu (Tata Motors), Shilpi Sinha (Tinplate), Prabhat Sinha (Tinplate) and C Shalu (Tata Motors). The team was supported by Mukesh Prasad, Head, TQM, Tata Steel, and Convener, TNF India - East; and Subhrajit Basu, Senior Consultant – Tata Business Excellence Group (TBExG) and Coordinator for TNF India - East.

In his opening address, Mr Daga thanked the HR fraternity for their support and sought their suggestions for identifying subjects which could be taken up in the future. NK Sharan, VP, TBExG, then shared updates about TNF’s activities and lauded TNF India - East for being one of the most active forums.

Mr Basu then addressed the audience to update them about the past HR Practices programme and the response it had elicited. He elaborated that the programmes are designed to provide the audience with a balanced understanding incorporating the views of industry, academia and consulting.

Two panel discussions that followed were the highlight of the event. The first one deliberated the ‘Role of HR in Outsourcing’. The panel comprised Pramod Kumar, AGM - ER, Tata Motors; Deepak Kamath, Senior GM - Support Services, JUSCO; Harjit Singh, Chief - HRM & Support Services, TCIL; and DSR Prabhu, AGM - PSD, Tata Motors. The panel was moderated by Zubin Palia, Chief - Group Industrial Relations, Tata Steel.

The panel discussed the critical role of HR and the way companies were addressing their requirements. The panellists highlighted the need for HR professionals to learn more and develop skills to manage the business in the backdrop of increasing outsourcing of services by companies. Panel members also shared their experiences and challenges during outsourcing. A few practices were also shared by the panellist and summed-up by the moderator.

The second panel comprising Dr SK Singh, Chief Capability Development, Tata Steel; Dr Ratna Sinha, Chief HRM, Tata Metaliks; and Sanjeev Singh, AVP, TBExG; discussed the topic ‘Measuring Managerial Training Effectiveness’. The panel was moderated by Deepak Deshpande, Head - HR Practices, TBExG. This panel discussed the importance of alignment, design and effective measurement of training, and also highlighted the difficulties of connecting behavioural transformation to ROI.

The next session was by Dr J Singh of XLRI Xavier School of Management threw light on Workforce Change Management. Dr Singh cited examples to explain why some organisations survived change while others failed. He also answered questions from the audience, and emphasised that HR should be like bridge and should be a positive change agent.

This session was followed by an update by Sandeep Mota, Senior Manager, Group HR, about the changes at the group level in terms of policies and practices, and how other Tata group companies can benefit from the group HR processes.

The last session was an update by Vinod Kumar, GM, TBExG on the Tata Best Practices Programme, and how the HR fraternity can leverage it to improve processes.

This highly engaging programme came to a close with a vote of thanks by Mr Prasad.