Dec 17, 2014

New assignment - focused on employer branding leveraging social media



Here's an update - I have joined Flipkart as Director - Talent Branding. In this role, I would be driving the Talent Branding initiatives of Flipkart across various talent segments. I would also be responsible for creating, enhancing, maintaining virtual presence of Flipkart's Talent Acquisition team through channels like career site, job portals, and social platforms

Here's the coverage on Social Samosa
And yes, I have relocated to Bangalore and looking forward to my third stint in the city :)

Dec 12, 2014

HR Director salaries in India



So I was poking about the Payscale site yesterday and discovered this chart about HR Director salaries in India reported by 260 individuals apparently with that designation.



My first thought, some thing is wrong.

Yes, it is a crowdsourced report and there can be people overstating their designations (and as someone pointed out) maybe smaller firms gave fancier designations and low salary.

But the low end and the median look too low - or maybe the data is skewed. What do you think?

Dec 11, 2014

"Like" my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HR.Blogger - 2000 and counting



In case you don't know, I operate a Facebook page called, er, quite unimaginatively "Gautam Ghosh" where I share interesting news and updates linked to HR, the future of work and careers.

So if you want to be updated about what I am reading and finding interesting these days - just head over to that page and "like" it :)


At the most I post twice a day - and with Facebook's algorithms working the way they are, it's likely you might not even see an update :) 

Top 50 HR Blogs to read in 2015



The folks at HR Software Insight compiled a list of top 50 HR Blogs to read in 2015 and this blog was listed there :)

Yeah, that makes me happy :)

Go ahead check out the list - there are many high quality blogs that you might love subscribing to ! 

Dec 3, 2014

The collaboration code. #ihrchat in the news



If you're in HR and active on Twitter then you know that there's an active Twitter chat called #ihrchat moderated by Tanvi Gautam. Last week the topic was on collaboration and the guest was Essar Group's HR Head Aadil Malia.

Tanvi then also wrote an article recaping the chat for Mint. And yours truly is quoted :)

Gautam Ghosh (@GautamGhosh), a social media HR leader, noted how the archetype of the lone creator was a myth, yet organizations often didn’t reward collaboration.
Ghosh shared the way to an information and image management model that lays out the life cycle of collaboration: 
  • Awareness: We become part of a working entity with a shared purpose
  • Motivation: We drive to gain consensus in problem-solving or development
  • Self-synchronization: We decide as individuals when things need to happen
  • Participation: We participate in collaboration and we expect others to participate
  • Mediation: We negotiate and we collaborate to find a middle point
  • Reciprocity: We share and we expect sharing in return through reciprocity
  • Reflection: We think and we consider alternatives
  • Engagement: We proactively engage rather than wait and see.

Nov 27, 2014

Lessons in Failure in #HRTech and #SocialRecruiting



I somehow missed this news. Remember BranchOut, which was touted as the LinkedIn for Facebook?

Well looks like the company is dying (or is already dead). According to TechCrunch:

The company’s assets have been acquired by 1-Page, an HR software company based out of San Francisco but listed on the Australian stock exchange. Based on today’s stock price, 1-Page is paying around $5.4 million — $2 million in cash and 7.5 million in 1-Page shares.

The lesson? Don't build your product on someone's proprietary platform.

My friend Maren Hogan has a useful blog post for people who are too much in love with their HR Tech product the above being one point. It's useful if you are developing any product for any B2B market. One point that I resonate and see many startups who approach me is that they think "like a disgruntled customer" - now that might work in the B2C market but usually fails in the B2B product market, specially if you have never worked on the other side of the stakeholder equation.

As my friend and ex-colleague Dave Martin says "Recruitment is a multi-dimensional sell full of waste"

Lots of Indian HR/Recruitment startup examples too that have shut shop or have had to "pivot" to entirely new areas. 

Getting the Distinguished Alumnus award from XLRI



This month I was humbled and honored when my alma mater XLRI said they wanted to give me an award for being a Distinguished Alumnus - Young Achiever.

At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me. But after some digging around I found that the email was legit. The Director of XLRI, Fr. E. Abraham had actually emailed me.

So on 8th November I walked up to the stage of the Tata Auditorium at XLRI (where I last collected my MBA diploma)

Collecting the award from Rana Sinha, Fr. E. Abraham and Prof. Sharad Sarin

Lifetime Achievement award was given to B L Raina, CEO of Tinplate Company of India, David D’Costa, Founder of Pure Water House, Mario Lobo, Founder of Personnel Search Services.

Distinguished Alumnus Award was divided among the categories of Practicing Manager, Academician, Young Achiever, Entrepreneur, Public Service, Communication & performing Arts.

The recipients of this award in various categories were

  • Madhukar Kamath MD of DDB Mudra 
  • Rekha Menon Managing Director for Geographic Operations for ASEAN, India & APAC Delivery Centers at Accenture 
  • Johnson Alexander irector, Human Resources and Quality,Health, Safety & Environment at Dulsco
  • Dr. N S Rajan CHRO of the Tata Group
  • S V Nathan, Director of Talent at Deloitte
  • Sandeep Bakshi, MD and CEO of ICICI Prudential
  • Ajay Kaul, CEO of Jubilant FoodWorks
  • Dr. Girish Punj, Marketing Professor at University of Connecticut
  • Kannan Srinivasan, Prof of Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Sanjeev Kapoor, Chief Marketing Officer & Country Head - Customer Franchise Management at Citi
  • Kumar Ankit, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Green Leaf Energy Pvt. Ltd
  • Ronald D’Costa, ‎Owner, The Boulevard Hotel
  • Vivek Das, Advertising Photographer
  • Ashraf Patel, Founder of Pravah and the Youth Collective
  • Vikram Misri (IFS), Currently the Ambassador to Kingdom of Spain
  • Ankur Gupta(IAS)
  • Ministhy Nair IAS
  • Mohan Raman, Actor
  • Akash Khurana, Actor and Screenwriter
  • Gargi Banerji, Co-Founder of Pragya




It was fascinating to talk to the students and see how many things (student batch size, new courses, the institute logo and branding) have changed and yet the core values of the institute remain the same.

We had a semi structured interaction with the students on HR as a career and what is the future of the function. Dr, Jitu Singh brought up Ram Charan's article recently and a lively debate ensued. The increase in importance of Industrial Relations after incidents in NCR over the last few years was also discussed.



Some more pics from the event:



(Above pics are courtesy the XLRI Alumni Committee)