Disha 2015, Day 4: Sophos – Ms. Pratika, HR Head, Edureka. –“You can’t impose authority on GenY.”

Pratika

Day 4 of Disha 2015 was graced by the presence of Ms. Pratika -the Head HR of Edureka. To begin with, she touched upon the emerging challenges in the HR field. Quoting her varied experience from HCL, Bosch and now Edukreka, she explained the transition from policy driven work culture to a pen-paper bureaucracy and then onto the challenging job in Edureka, where she is strategizing to articulate and figure out the future policies and culture. Answering a question on workspace freedom, Ms. Pratika classified the level of freedom an employee gains depending on the peer group and the existing culture within the organization.

Elaborating on the topic of generation gap between GenX and GenY she raised the need to focus on bridging the gap between both and raised the need for dissent for constructive growth. Ms. Pratika quoted her experience and practices followed in BOSCH where a practice of “Reverse Mentoring” is followed to foster employee engagement. Speaking on how maintaining diversity has become the need of the hour for organizations across the globe, she laid special focus on cross cultural training.Edureka is targeting for grass root percolation in the field of vocational education. The main target being able to provide an intensive learning based system for people.

Concluding on the talk, Ms. Pratika focused on the need of breaking the notion of academics driven talent acquisition and directed towards the need of skill driven recruiting and also supported the cause of accepting vocational training as a degree.

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