Is it vital for organisations to constantly innovate themselves from time to time in order to accommodate the changing demands of the workforce today?
PAVAN CHOUDARY, MD, Vygon India Pvt. Ltd. & chairman, European Healthcare Committee:
“Today’s employee wants a less hierarchical framework; they prefer flexi-time options (due to family considerations, new diurnal patterns and worsening of traffic during peak hours), a greater proportion of his/her income as take-home salary, more holidays, more liberty to choose his/her hobbies and above all, empowerment. He/she might also wish that the company he/she works for carries influence, i.e. has the clout to get one’s wards admission in a good school. Organisations indeed need to introduce changes to accommodate these changing demands of the employees.”
VIGNESH HEBBAR, vice president & India head, Marlabs Software (P) Ltd:
“Changes are an essential and inevitable part of any growing organisation operating in a competitive market. But the organisation has to look at change from an employee’s viewpoint while also ensuring that the business needs aren’t compromised. The main issue is to manage it well — a task that is easier said than done. It requires a lot of sensitivity on the part of the senior management and HR department to handle the complex process of initiating any major or minor change. Therefore, every change should be well-thought about, researched and communicated. Also, one should maintain a balance in the frequency with which change is implemented.”
CEO, ProtaTech India:
“Yes, organisations need to change to accommodate the changing needs of employees because India is a global economy today and India Inc too needs to think and act globally and cater to its employees to extract productivity out of them. Team-building activities, daycare for kids, company provided cafeteria, etc play a vital role towards increasing the productivity of the employees.”
(Compiled by Priya C Nair and Yasmin Taj)