Author Archive for Prashant

Missing Link – the HR plan

Having managed HR departments for over 110 companies in last 5 years, I am amazed to see the consistent absence of comprehensive HR plan inside or even alongside the annual business plan. And this remains the top reason why goal alignments, reviews and resource agility remains perpetual challenge. Most managers end up reacting to situations rather than anticipating and large part of workforce has no idea whats happening around. How difficult is it to give one week of think time to top management and put together clearly aligned operating plans that include people plan (numbers, roles, goals, metrics, reports, rythms, huddles, key programs, training runs, content and cheer)?

Problem with not thinking through enough, is that then, doing and thinking goes on together, forcing execution teams to either take random shots or keep running back to top for decisions, both create huge risk to plan achievement.

Incidentally, its been easier to put this together for privately funded companies as the basic discipline of planning and review exists quite rigidly, though ensuring that HR plan isn’t given a miss is still a task. Companies run by professional CEOs come next and family businesses remain a tough one to crack inspite of their sincere intention.

Planning discipline impacts ability to retain talent to a great extent as it simplifies everyone’s job, if HR teams are fully engaged to operating plan and there is clarity on annual HR plan, whole organization achieves amazing operational seamlessness. You still have two weeks to go for another execution run to begin, it might be a bit last minute but you can save the year.

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plugHR proves concept

plugHROne year down the launch of commercial model of plugHR in April 2007, chasing a million dollar first year dream, plugHR proved the concept by reaching almost half of targetted numbers.

So HR can be delivered through autoserve platform, is what some two dozen CEOs experienced with plugHR managers driving their HR strategies in a highly motivated manner. Ofcourse, we faced all sorts of things along the way. But with renewals happening now, plugHR is targetting 100 companies on its platform by March 2009.

Idea is simple, we set up and run HR department for companies. 15 days and a simple sign up is all it takes to get HR department up and running with standard delivery model, professional manager on site and sharp Project manager bringing in supervision. We cleared some serious bandwidth for CEOs last year.

Not to miss, cost of running HR department crashes to half. Quite naturally then, all our clients came in through client references only & we remained geography independant. We did Mumbai, Delhi, Nasik, Singapore, attempting New Jersey, Bangalore now.

plugHR product portfolio ensures that there’s a suitable format for every size of company. Our smallest client is 7 people 🙂

I can be reached on 9870257257.

Eco knowledge

Both in my last assignment with JobsAhead and current, I travelled the length and breadth of country interacting with a number of wannabe enterpreneurs. One thing that clearly stands out is the lack of awareness (or the lack of) of the enterpreneurial support system available within the country. Lot of exposure has been provided to the valley with almost no visibility of stuff available in say 51 miles.

May be its a good idea to put together local resources well and increase ground level interaction somehow. TiE Mumbai had put together some events (I went to one recently on mobile marketing), but the participation largely remains confined to same faces.

Hope I will be able to contribute my bit.