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Its high time for social media companies to have regulations. But is this concept getting support the way it needs?

Its high time for social media companies to have regulations. But is this concept getting support the way it needs?

Technology has been progressing and will continue to move – in the right direction with lesser negative influence or in the wrong direction with exponential negative implications. More so when it is an improper influence. The adaptability by society is higher in such a scenario. Social media like Facebook(FB), WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, and many more similar platforms have replaced their identity as tools and have gained life’s identity.

You explore the world with print and e- media. Information is useful. But loads of them, right and wrong without any checks and balances, to please or benefit an individual or a group to satisfy their selfish needs. Opinions are standardized and made acceptable with likes and views promotion.

The cultural essence of every community and country is being lost with light speed. Our ability to think independently is dying due to influencers fabricating false information and impacting our thought process.
The concept of being better visible is replaced with an obsession to be visible. The definition of a human’s identity is not what he is in the real world, but what status he is carrying in the virtual world.
The negative social traits of gaining unwanted attention, jealousy, showing off, revealing self, false praises have gained popularity under the mask of sharing happiness with your circle more off an unknown circle.

Billions of people cannot influence or pressurize a handful of companies and few investors to have a valid regulation system. Is money power more, or is it so that these billions of people have turned out to be these social media companies’ army, propagating these companies’ greed and strategy to few more billions.

Well. I believe this is what has been happening for ages. Monarchs, Dictators, and Politicians have always influenced the larger mass. History has time and again witnessed that by the time the realization and judgment of right and wrong were arrived at, billions of lives would have already been sacrificed to the power of manipulation of minds. These companies have continued the legacy by having people power on their side, fueling themselves with the so-called users. These users’ integrity towards their offering to manipulation and ignorance towards their own downfall is commendable. The optimal use is replaced by overuse and abuse in the name of the trend.

Does our society carry the courage to outlaw these companies, imposing them with rules and regulations?

Where are we heading our following generations? We can fight possibly anything when our children’s future is at stake. Why aren’t we joining hands to corner these companies to draw limitations?
Is it because we also are a scapegoat to these companies’ strategies.
We here stand alongside our children waiting to be destroyed together by these forces that aren’t visible from outside but are eating us up from within.

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Impact of COVID on Industries and Job Market. Equip yourself to survive, sustain, and progress.

Job Market and Employment trends have undergone multiple transformations with time due to Recession, Globalization, Automation, and Digitalization. Currently, Industry is going through a tough phase due to pandemic, which has appeared nearly after 100 years.
The whole of the Industry is making assumptions and anticipations based on ever data possible. But unfortunately, most of them are not in alignment with the facts to date.

The changing scenario of the COVID census in different states, mortality rate, key people in politics, Govt or Essential services – tested positive, their duration of recovery, disturbance in the functionality of essential services … all have added to more confusion.

There were predictions made that, the second quarter of 2020-21 will see a considerable recovery. Whereas the job loss has increased, and pay cuts have prolonged till next quarter. Few of the Companies have announced pay cuts till March 2021. Appraisals, Bonus, and Variable Pay, have deferred until infinity.

Sectors most affected like Hospitality, Airlines, Automotive, Aerospace, Retail are struggling for survival. The Recovery Rate of Industries impacted due to COVID is very slow. The cascading effect is creating an enormous blow to the other Industries in the supply chain. Employees with higher Salaries, Senior people with monitoring roles, Support departments, Jobs that can be replaced by digitalization, Business Development roles are on the Target for retrenchments. Campus recruitments stopped for a year.

The positive side of the situation is, Junior level, capable and efficient people are elevated with higher responsibilities and opportunities to perform and acquire more senior roles once the market stabilizes. Most of the jobs are using virtual platforms to interact, reducing cost and time for both organizations and employees. The Industry will further explore and innovate newer means to perform and sustain.

Work from home will, in the future, give opportunities to more people in 2- tier, 3- tier cities, villages to work for MNC’s from their homes. Geographies won’t limit people to smaller or lesser opportunities. Educated Men and Women in small towns or villages will not have restrictions in career growth or opportunities. Lifestyle and exposure will improve in small cities.

Sectors like Pharma, Retail like Grocers, Vegetable vendors, Automation, Digitalization, few Mfgg units, Telecom, Networking, Computer Hardware, Infrastructure have seen the demand. Today’s job market belongs to only those people who can commit and deliver results in the least turn around time with utmost quality, integrity, and accountability. The changing demands and the situation of the Industry will force Companies to expect more from the employees. And Darwin’s theory of ‘Survival of fittest’ and ‘Natural Selection’ will force employees to thrive on competition. New Normal will come with many demands from the employers, better gauging criteria for performances and deliverables

Change is inevitable. One who adapts sooner will succeed, be it an Organization or an Individual. Equip yourself to survive, sustain, and progress.

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How will Resource Outsourcing/Staffing help the Industry Post –COVID?

How will Resource Outsourcing/Staffing help the Industry Post –COVID?

India has generally seen a trend of engaging blue-collared, support staff resources on third-party/ off-roll/outsourcing/ staffing engagement. Post-2008 recession, the pattern of engaging white collared, skilled resources widespread by the IT Industry but still was limited to IT Industry alone. Post-COVID, the trend of engaging white collared, technical employees into Contractual engagement excluding few Senior Management and strategical roles is envisaged as a necessity and is in demand now irrespective of any sector.

IT Industry shifted to this trend after the 2008 recession based on the following observations.

  • Bench cost was consuming revenues of the Organization affecting the financial health of the Company,
  • Having resources on bench based on the projection of growth didn’t turn out to be a wise decision.
  • Expansion plans delayed due to many factors
  • Competition,
  • Pricing,
  • Clients’ Approvals,
  • Licensing,
  • Global Economic trends,
  • Currency conversion,
  • Downtime between projects,
  • Mapping of the maximum capacity of each resource
  • On the other hand, holding back employees with no complete engagement led to the attrition of resourceful employees, leaving behind only the average people in the stream.

Why is the Non-IT Industry ( Construction, Infra, Energy, etc..,) following this trend 13 years later?

Non-IT Industry, on the other hand, has been most apprehensive about this model. And there have been justifying reasons for the same.

The reasons for non-acceptance were many concerns.

  • Accountability and Integrity of skilled resources on contractual engagement.
  • Gauging of work in manual ways and not digital ways which make it challenging to monitor the process
  • Empathy towards fellowmen for the insecurities in contractual jobs
  • Comparatively smaller players in staffing with an unclear or obscurely defined scope
  • Payroll agencies with only documentation capabilities or partial responsibilities.

Development and transformation was slower owing to

  • Multi-level external challenges
  • Delay in deliverables where the line of activities got disrupted without a possibility of back up or control
  • Support from all departments on time
  • Inventory availability
  • Govt approvals
  • Fund shortage due to delayed receivables from the end client,
  • Change in instructions from management/client since this Industry has been extremely dynamic in nature.

All the above reasons led to resistance to change or non-prediction of uncertainties or inability to collectively assess the cost and business benefit.

In the current scenario, ambiguities are intensified to the extent of the uncertainty raising questions like “IS THERE A TOMORROW? IF YES, WHO ALL WILL JOIN US AND BE A PART OF TOMORROW?”

Limited visibility to the future by even big giants of the Industry, failure of long term plans, long term plans being replaced by short term plans have forced every Company to lie low and sustain. This, in turn, has led to Pay cuts, Lay-offs, Furloughs, increased pressure for people to perform. In such a scenario, the Human nature of sympathy, empathy towards fellowmen, bothering about developing people for long term returns, consideration towards others’ jobs, feeling stressed due to workload have taken backstage. What has been more critical is working towards sustaining the Organization (a foundation which houses employees) through the chaos irrespective of all reasons – genuine, significant, logical or fake, insignificant, illogical.

This situation has led Industry to adapt to staffing/ outsourcing as a stop-gap to cater to the active projects, or newly acquired projects for the next three years. Approximately three years expecting all the cascading effects, chain reactions, transitions, transformations, adaptations to be completed in three years, and implementation of new normal to start functioning successfully.

Hopefully, this opportunity should transform the staffing industry with a place in the Industry as an organized sector- breaking barriers, inventing, innovating, and leading to great opportunities and aspiration to the youngsters to step in this Industry by choice and not by chance. Because decisions are made out of interests, and interests lead to innovation.

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Evolution in Employment trends.

Evolution in Employment trends.

How to have a productive work from home model yielding to a win-win situation for both employees and employers?

The industry is figuring out every possible way to accommodate this model since we aren’t left with any option.
Employee’s safety, Client Service, Company’s Survival are all equally important.

But, for Work from home model to be successful, employees need to accept that this is going to be a permanent solution for many of their problems of past and present. Personal, professional problems like travel time to the workplace due to traffic, pollution, uncertain food schedule, family time compromise, work-life balance, COVID Infection, social distancing; and Organization’s problems of today which have enormously increased due to COVID – Economic crisis, Opex, Company’s sustenance, Competition, Cashflow, Governance problems, Communication problems, Adherence to Compliance and Rules of Govt.

How should this be structured?

Every employee has to work to overcome the problems of their Company. All these years, risks belonged to the Company alone. The volume of people facing the uncertainty and directly affected by the risks in an Organizations was majorly the Senior fraternity. They had to risk a significant share of their salaries as a performance incentive – a performance incentive based on the Company’s performance and not just individual performance. The performance, which was at risk with every right or wrong decision since the right decisions and erroneous implementations, also impacted the Organization negatively. The remuneration or incentives of these Senior leaders were dependant on the whole crowd of people working in the Organization. Additionally, their credibilities also were at stake.

One of the possible initiatives could be passing nominal risk downwards. The industry has anyways announced a pay cut as a precautionary measure as a preparation for the uncertain scenario Companies might face in the next two years. The revoking of this decision isn’t having a definite timeline either, as on date. Why not convert the same to incentivize the resource against their performance monthly. This eventually would shift some risks of the Organization to the employee and also focus on the theory’ Survival of the fittest.’ There are ‘n’ number of people who have lost jobs due to this pandemic. Why not allow them to be paid proportionately to their performance.
Making an opportunity of every disaster has been a boon to the thought process of humankind. Why not the employees and employers make an opportunity to survive and thrive towards success following this theory?

We have had consulting engagements for specific roles in most of the organizations. How about increasing the ratio of people in these roles, passing down more accountability for most of the functions?

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Redefining Outsourcing

Redefining Outsourcing,

Bringing in a new trend in Employment and Resource Management, which the industry is in dire need today.

We all are cent-percent convinced with the understanding today that our well being is dependent on the Company we are working for. And every individual in the Organization is required to contribute 1000% to help the Company overcome this chaos. Employees are in the phase of giving more, and meeting the expectation of the Organization today.
The definition of working is redefined to what are the deliverables met? Yardstick and parameters to measure performance have entirely changed. It is no more the number of hours spent or efforts put in. Instead, it is only and only the output in the desired or lesser than the desired timeline by the Client that matters today.

It is and has always been of significance for Organizations to earn and save for tomorrow, not for today alone. So every Management decision is based upon securing the future of the Organization. The more sustainable the Organization, the lower are the risks of perishing, higher is the growth.

Outsourcing has been one of the options organizations have adopted for more than a decade to overcome future threats and current ambiguities. The outsourcing industry in terms of Job outsourcing, Subcontracting, or work contract has evolved in a significant way, since the phase of inception of the idea to today. But the outsourcing model concerning Resources has only extended to different sectors but not created depth. It has remained the same or altered very little in the last decade. Outsourcing resources are looked at as an alternative to recruiting or running a payroll of the employees. The resource engagement is considered as outsourcing HR process. Ideally, that shouldn’t be the case. But, the expectations and pricing aren’t clearly defined to plug-in with the organizational/ project requirements in most of the sectors. Resource outsourcing is compared with the resource cost and not the impact cost. This limitation has crippled the thought process of the sector, impacting the transformation of the Resource Industry faster. Or the Organization expects to replace the Work order assignments of PMC/ Contracting Companies. Of course, there are chances to achieve the same, because the deliverables are by the resources whether they are engaged with a PMC, Contracting Company, or a Resource Engagement Company.
Now is the time to expect solutions and not documentations from the Resource Outsourcing Sector.

Additionally, Organizations aren’t counting on them as a partner for their growth. They are just a borrowed identity for the employees engaged by the organizations to save the documentation and statutory disarray. There aren’t defined approaches, evaluated thought processes to draw a graph for the growth of this sector in a rational manner.
Resource outsourcing can be a powerful tool to revolutionize recruitment trends, employment trends, and performance trends. But with the right approach, expectation, and pricing by brainstorming sessions of the major players of the Outsourcing sector in synchronization with the other sectors.

COVID, revolutionizing employment trends, can expect the most efficient process and policy implementations through Resource engagement partners. Its right time now to lay right rules, timelines, and expectations with proper responsibilities, appropriate pricing – allowing the Resource outsourcing industry to mature and give 3-dimensional solutions to the organizations.

-Sucheta Gour