Attendees at the Indo-German HR Partner Forum meeting, hosted by Häfele India

The HR partners have a fascinating tour of the Häfele Design Centre

The Journey of Selection, Engagement and Business Returns derived from the programme

Could there have been a better day than Valentine’s Day for the most loving, caring and empathic HR professionals to have their first meeting for the year 2018? On Wednesday 14th February 2018, Häfele hosted the Indo-German HR Partner Forum Meeting at their outstanding Häfele Design Centre SoBo. The theme of the meeting was Hi Potential Programmes: The Journey of Selection, Engagement and Business Returns derived from the programmes.

The attendees included representatives of organizations such as Baerlocher India Additives, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, BASF Group, Bayer Group, Bharat Forge, Bosch Group, Brose India Automotive Systems, Evonik India, FEV India, Häfele India, HDFC Ergo General Insurance, KSB Pumps, LANXESS India, MAN Trucks India, Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd., Schaeffler Group, Siemens Ltd., TUV India and Wacker Chemie India.

Celebrations were certainly in the air and the mood was festive right from the start as the partners walked in dressed in red, which also coincided with the host’s brand colour. The day commenced with the most fascinating tour of the entire design centre which showcased all the business verticals of the Häfele brand. And having Häfele’s top management including MD Jürgen Wolf and VP-HR Padma Gupta with her entire HR team only added a sense of personal ownership to the brand.

After a brief overview of the company and its growth in India as a hidden champion, the discussion flowed to the topic of the day on Hi-Potentials. A couple of key learnings / messages came out quite clearly:
Potential should not be confused with performance.
For a hi-potential programme to succeed, it will need the support of the top management. There should be personal involvement and commitment.
The main reasons why hi-potentials leave the organization are an incompetent boss or if the hi-potential is not engaged enough.
80% productivity is sustained by 20% employees, while 80% problems are also raised by 20% employees.
Get the right people to use data and scientific methods to identify, evaluate and judge the hi-potentials

For the next three hours, the HR Partners had a very open and deep discussion on the Selection, Engagement and Retention of Hi-Potentials – sharing experiences, success and failure stories from their individual organizations. This Round Table was flawlessly moderated by Colleen D’souza from Mercedes Benz India and Rupesh Basu from Siemens Limited. The forum also continued to deliberate on their joint initiative on HR Capability Building which will be launched in 2018.

Through a unanimous nomination, the baton of leading this prestigious forum as Chairperson for the Year 2018 was passed on to Padma Gupta, VP-HR, Häfele India by Ramesh Shankar, VP-HR, Siemens Ltd. We look forward to her involvement and guidance for the benefit of the HR fraternity!