HR Head - India Sub-continent
Rajib Kumar is an HR leader with more than two decades of experience in organisational development and talent management. He has spearheaded human resource initiatives for leading MNCs and is an alumnus of Bhopal University.
We at Huntsman Corporation are very positive and committed to see it through. In our chemical business, more than half of our production is consumed in the domestic market. We are working very closely with the customers, suppliers and government to come out of this strongly. We are confident of bouncing back at the earliest.
Talent acquisition cannot stop for any business, it is competent and well-trained professionals who drives our business forward. We are going ahead as per the workforce planning and business strategy set out, and are hiring for critical positions. We look for candidates who are agile and can be productive in the new role in 15-20 days, unlike earlier.
The crucial task in performance assessment is to differentiate external factors like lock-down, from internal factors that are in our control. We see people and teams taking initiative, making things happen, in a very innovative manner.
In fact, our HR team has created an entire end-to-end process for virtual on-boarding of the new joinees. The selection process, joining formalities, induction and on-boarding were made completely online using this module. The sales teams have been managing customer requirements online and remotely troubleshooting. We are seeing more such innovations across the company.
These initiatives can re-orient the business, while keeping the systems extremely responsive. It is all about challenging the status quo, thinking out of the box and coming up with smart solutions.
Organisational expectations and those of teams are changing, with sweeping changes in terms of virtual environments, collaborative technologies and working with global teams. I would be looking out for these capabilities.