HR News Roundup – July 2020
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HR News Roundup – July 2020

79 Percent of Professionals Seek Mentor Access for Upskilling: Survey

Mentor Access

A mentorship survey from Springboard, a leading online platform for workforce upskilling, was conducted to find out what mentorship means to Indian professionals. As per the survey, 56.2% of professionals look up to a mentor when they want to discuss career advancement or career transition. 87.9% of respondents think access to a seasoned mentor can profoundly boost their career success and trajectory while 79.4% feel that one of the best ways to transition to a position in a new industry is with the help of a mentor. The survey was carried out on 500+ professionals across the country.

Hyderabad-based Cyient Launches ‘Empowering Tomorrow Together’ Initiative

Empowering Tomorrow Together

Cyient, global engineering, and technology solutions company, has announced the launch of its ‘Empowering Tomorrow Together’ initiative. This program will cover activities under four focus areas: education, digital literacy, social innovation, and community development. By bringing all the initiatives under the ‘Empowering Tomorrow Together’ credo, the company hopes to expand its potential to create impact and truly empower local communities by touching more lives in the days and years to come, said BVR Mohan Reddy, Executive Chairman and Founder, Cyient. During FY20, the company spent over Rs 8 crore on its CSR programs exceeding the minimum 2 percent spend mandated by the government.

Amazon India Announces 20,000 Seasonal Jobs

Amazon India

Amazon India has announced 20,000 seasonal or temporary employment opportunities in its customer service organisation to ensure customers worldwide continue to have a seamless online shopping experience. The new positions are now open across 11 locations in Hyderabad, Pune, Coimbatore, Noida, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Mangalore, Indore, Bhopal and Lucknow. Most of the positions are part of Amazon’s ‘Virtual Customer Service’ program that provides flexible work-from-home options. As coronavirus cases are surging in the country, consumers are increasingly resorting to online shopping to meet their consumption needs leading to the creation of fresh job roles in the e-commerce industry. Earlier this year, Amazon had announced its plans to create 10 lakh new jobs in India by 2025.

MoEngage Promotes Mental Well-Being of Employees, Gives ‘Paid’ Day Off to De-Stress

Mental Well-BeingMoEngage has been one of the early adopters of the digital workplace norm. In these times of crisis, keeping their employees’ wellbeing at the forefront, and to take care of their employees’ mental health, the Bangalore-based organisation recently announced a paid-holiday on a Friday.  “We wouldn’t stop at anything to ensure our employees are at their best of physical and mental health during any time. To ensure our employee’s mental health is good enough to cope with the work from home burn-out, we announced a paid-holiday on a Friday for our folks to unwind, de-stress, spend time with family and do what they love doing!” said Mr Jitender Panihar, Chief People Officer at MoEngage Inc. The initiative saw a huge positive impact on the employees, them advocating about the MoEngage culture and getting back all rejuvenated.

LTI Launches SafeRadius App to Ensures Employee Safety across Industries

SafeRadius AppLarsen & Toubro Infotech has introduced LTI SafeRadius to ensure that the health of the workforce remains protected as they return to work in a phased manner across industries. The GDPR-compliant return-to-work app enables organisations to analyse information across locations on LTI’s self-serve analytics platform Mosaic Lens, which offers superior analytics, comprehensive reports, and visualisation for day-to-day decisions. In India, the app is integrated with the Government’s Aarogya Setu app through a survey questionnaire. Some of the key features of the app include ascertaining the overall health of employees, high-risk profiling, incident reporting, seating allocation, staggering work shift schedules, transportation management, real-time alerts on the accidental congregation, highlighting the hotspots, and contact tracing.

Microsoft to Provide Digital Skills to 25 Million People Globally

Digital SkillsIn response to the coronavirus crisis that has taken a toll on jobs globally, Microsoft has launched an initiative to teach 25 million people around the world digital-age work skills free of charge by the end of the year. The new initiative will focus on primarily three areas including leverage data to identify in-demand jobs and skills required for them, giving free access to these learnings, and low-cost certifications and free job-seeking tools. In India, Microsoft has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to directly train 2,000 young women and trainers at the Industrial Training Institutes on skills.

Lubrizol Names RIL’s Sumit Neogi as Director- HR


Lubrizol Corporation has appointed Sumit Neogi as the HR Director for South Asia and the Middle East region. Neogi is a seasoned professional with over 17 years of rich experience in HR and Sales & Marketing. An alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, he did his Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial relations.

Landmark Group Gets New President – Group HR

Landmark Group Gets New PresidentLandmark Group has named Sandeep Batra as President – Group HR. Batra has more than 26 years of experience in telecom, manufacturing, IT and consumer services sectors. Prior to this, he was working with Vodafone Idea. He is a graduate in commerce from Delhi University and holds a PGDBM in strategy and Leadership from IIM, Calcutta.

Ex AirAsia CPO Varun Bhatia Joins Reali

Ex AirAsia CPO Varun Bhatia Joins RealiThe real estate technology company, Reali, has roped in Varun Bhatia as the company’s first Chief People Officer. Bhatia comes with over 30 years of experience in human resources. An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Batra will be responsible for developing strategies that strengthen Reali through its next phase of growth.

Subir Sinha joins NetCom Learning as Director of Human Resources

Subir Sinha will be Heading the Human Resource function for NetCom. He joins the organisation with a mandate to ramp up the operations in India and US and bring in contemporary HR practices to the organisation. He comes in with a rich experience of nearly 30 years in the Human Resource Function.

Lactalis India Ropes in Naresh Kumar Puritipati as Director – HR, India

Lactalis India has appointed Naresh Kumar Puritipati as the Director – HR. In his new role, he will be heading HR for the Lactalis India Group, which includes subsidiaries, such as Tirumala Milk Products, Anik Industries and Prabhat Dairy. Puritipati comes with over 24 years of experience in the HR industry.

Fetch Rewards Hires New Chief People Officer

Fetch RewardsFetch Rewards, a US-based mobile shopping platform has announced the hiring of Rukmini Banerjee as Chief People Officer. In her new role, Banerjee will establish training programs, design career pathing models, and recruit new talent to the fast-growing company. Educated in India, Banerjee earned her MBA from XLRI.

Ola Electric Appoints Vithal Acharya as Head – HR

Ola-ElectricOla Electricity Mobility (OEM) recently onboarded Vithal Acharya as its new HR head. An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, Acharya is an experienced HR leader having worked with companies like GE, HCL Technologies, etc. He is skilled in Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Recruiting, Human Resources, and Management.

Sterlite Power Taps Ex Reliance Capital CPO as CHRO

Sterlite-PowerSterlite Power has announced the appointment of Swaminathan Subramanian to lead the HR function as the Group CHRO. Subramanian brings with him more than two decades of experience as an HR generalist. He has done his Bachelors in construction engineering technology from Jadavpur University and completed his MBA in HR from XLRI Jamshedpur.



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