Author Archives: Audrey Roth

Rethinking EVP

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of a human-centric EVP that supports the overarching needs of the workforce.

By Simon Kent

Recruiting and retaining great talent has never been about one thing. Salary can be important for candidates, but so too can health and well-being support, discounts, and memberships afforded through employment, the social life around work, and the brand image of the business itself. According to Gartner HR research, companies increasingly need to take a holistic approach to what it means to be employed. Bundling these elements under the company’s employee value proposition (EVP), Gartner’s 2021 Benchmarking Survey found only 31% of HR leaders believe their current employees are actually satisfied with what they’re getting from work.

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Putting Skills First

Microsoft and LinkedIn are working to help employees and organisations acquire digital skills.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The COVID-19 pandemic and technological advancements of the past year have ushered in a need for education and skills to function in today’s digital economy. Employers and employees alike must increasingly identify and develop these skills in order to remain competitive in a dynamic and fast-moving business climate.

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Building Mental Resilience

Singapore’s WSH Council is leading a campaign to tackle employees’ mental health.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Working from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened employees’ mental stress, particularly among parents who had to juggle full-time work with childcare. In response, Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council recently launched its annual campaign to promote health and safety in the workplace.

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Changing Job Landscape

To meet its ambitious economic growth goals, India will need to embrace its evolving workplace demographics.

By Marta Chmielowicz

India’s economy is experiencing a moment of transformation as it faces technological growth, government investment, globalisation, and demographic changes in its workforce. Home to the world’s largest population of youth, with over 600 million people under 25 years old, the country is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and is aiming to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025—up from $2.7 trillion in 2019.

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Facing the Future

China, Hong Kong, and Japan face differing priorities as they adapt to the workplace of the future.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Asia’s economy is growing, but this growth is not uniform across every region. Hays Singapore’s Uncovering the DNA of the Future Workforce in Asia study reveals that whilst a greater focus on technology, well-being, and flexibility has ushered in a new era of work, there are distinct differences in the recovery of each region.

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A Step Ahead

From building the foundation for talent acquisition practices to launching a new performance management system, Manoj Kumar Chaudhary’s has transformed HR at Edelweiss Financial Services.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In only six years, Manoj Kumar Chaudhary has progressed from a campus hire to the head of HR for public markets at Edelweiss Financial Services. He has overseen the organisation’s tremendous growth from ₹100 crore of assets under management (AUM) to around ₹40,000 crore of AUM.

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Recruiting in the Dark: Research Outcomes and Effectiveness of Resume Redaction in Recruiting

A renewed spotlight on systemic racism in 2020 emphasized the importance of Diversity & Inclusion more than ever before. Transcending into the workplace, organizations were enlightened to increase equity and eliminate biases in all areas of their business, starting with hiring and practices like resume redaction.

Resume redaction, also known as blind recruitment, is the process of removing identification details for job candidates’ resumes. The goal is to help recruiters evaluate people based on their skills and experience, instead of factors that could lead to unconscious or conscious biases.

But while the intention of this practice is laudable, does it meet the goals of improving workforce diversity and reducing bias? How prevalent is the practice and how is it being done?

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The Leadership Equation

Identifying employee potential, creating career paths, and developing hard and soft skills all add up to future success.

By Simon Kent

Identifying and developing leadership talent is a particular challenge for HR. From succession planning and development to external talent acquisition, HR leaders need to ensure there are practices to identify and place talent that will help the business thrive. Even in the face of the pandemic, forward-thinking organisations have prioritised their leadership programmes, ensuring their businesses have a strong direction despite stormy waters.

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Keeping Compliant

Remote and hybrid workforce models add another layer of risk and complexity.

By Simon Kent

The challenge of delivering compliance across a remote and now increasingly hybrid workforce is summed up by Robert Hicks, group HR director at Reward Gateway: “The easiest way to think about it is if you have 100 staff, you have 100 locations, and you need to make sure each one is managed as you would just one location,” he says.

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