Dr Niranjan Hiranandani
If India aims to be a global leader as also a $5 trillion economy, the challenge is to get the formula just right. At various symposia, the ingredients that make up this formula have been deliberated. The obvious solution comprises the three ‘T’s: Talent, Trust, and Technology. To bring equilibrium between machines and people in this digitized world, the right mix of talent doled out by the trust and equipped with appropriate technology will help to structure business continuity to cope with the new normal.
New Age Talent
Companies need to source out the right talent pool in the age of digital disruption that is transforming the way of business operations. However, tempting may be the technical skills in the digital world, but the right balance needs to be struck between domain expertise that comes from legacy employees and new-age digital talent. An integrated team with a mix of the right skill set of an experienced player powered with industry wisdom and young flesh brimming with new technical aptitude is key to survival and growth. Companies to stay ahead of the curve must identify the dearth of new roles that may emerge in the digital disruptors era to optimize Artificial Intelligence and human balance. This will help to invest in skill development that encompasses building the right talent ecosystem in the organizations. It will be absolutely critical to empower the existing talent pool with constant learning & relearning to stay tuned to the ever-evolving work dynamics and be a vital contributor in transforming organizations to touch the new milestone. Today, talent needs constant nurturing with innovative skills which help to retool themselves, enables them to take a leapfrog towards futuristic roles, navigate business hiccups, and scale breakthrough opportunities.
Obviously, reshaping the current human capital to survive and thrive in a challenging time is a litmus test. Companies with the right mix of people with the right skills in the right roles will have a cutting edge in this post COVID marketplace.
Building TrustTrust is the most important brand asset that you build with every stakeholder be it customers, employees, associates, investors, vendors, etc. A company that is able to build a strong sense of trust within and outside the organization becomes competent to weather the market volatility and storms. It is imperative to create a sense of trust among its human assets that foster successful business. Aligning your words and actions is a key pillar for an organization’s success and it needs to be inculcated into the company’s work culture. The culture of an organization influences employee’s actions and has the potential to drive the desired outcomes. Build a model of teamwork, reinforce the collaboration among the cross-functional teams for better learnings, foster accountability by building open communication, and be open for feedback. This will surely go long for companies to tide over unfavorable market circumstances and taste the success of growth against odds.
Imbibe Technology –
Talent needs to stay afloat with current and ever-evolving digital and technical skills to gain a competitive edge. India is rich with young demography and has an active workforce that has embedded technology in their daily lives. technology has enabled us to face the unprecedented COVID 19 situation in our new requirement of work from home and even the need of the students to the Work from Home.
India faces this quandary, where a section of citizens believes that the adoption of new technology will take away jobs. The absolute reverse is the truth – what we have seen till now, in the banking sector, makes for an apt example. From manual ledgers localized in branches to a centralized digital database, Indian banking adopted the technology. It created more jobs in aspects like sales, service, maintenance, repairs, and upgrading – and this, across segments like hardware, software, and networking. So, the jobs are there, for those who upskill and relearn the required skill-sets.
In India, the construction sector is one where traditionally we have been labor-intensive, and the change is visible. Especially after COVID-19, the ‘new normal’ includes extensive use of technology in planning, designing, marketing, and also execution of the projects. This will bring in innovation, cost-effectiveness, accuracy, reduce time interval, speedy execution, and close monitoring. The leaders have to grab such opportunities, be agile to innovate, and drive the workforce more effectively and efficiently. It is simply the art of Upskilling and Reskilling to survive in the competitive market.
Corporates will continue to strive in the challenges of the pandemic and the rapidly shifting economic environment. Some skill sets are required to meet these challenges. Entrepreneurs and Corporates who are agile in finding Talent, imbibing Technology, and Building Trust will lead the way in the new economic era.
The Author is National President of NAREDCO