The second Indo-German HR Partner Meet for the year 2018 was hosted by Siemens Limited on 03 May 2018 at their new and innovative open office in Khargar, Navi Mumbai. The topic of discussion for the day was Position Evaluation. The extremely, interesting agenda was planned out by Ramesh Shankar, Executive Vice-President and Head – Human Resources, Siemens Ltd., Rupesh Basu, General Manager – HR, Siemens Ltd. and their HR colleagues.

The attendees included HR Partners from BASF India, Bayer India, Bosch Limited, Brose India Pvt, Ltd., Covestro India Pvt. Ltd., DHL Express India Pvt. Ltd., Evonik India Pvt. Ltd., FEV India Pvt. Ltd., Hafele India Pvt. Ltd., HDFC Ergo, KSB Pumps Ltd., Lanxess India, MAN Trucks India Pvt. Ltd., Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd., Schaeffler Group, Siemens Ltd., TUV India and Wacker Chemie India Pvt. Ltd.

The day began with a welcome message by Ramesh Shankar, Executive Vice-President and Head – Human Resources, Siemens Ltd. It was then followed by a presentation by Aon Hewitt on the ‘Job Evaluation’ – its evolution, the support required by those in leadership roles while re-evaluating positions, the challenges faced by the management, HR and the employees and how a company can effectively design, implement and measure change in positions during re-organizations. After this formal presentation that dwelled more on the science of position evaluations, it was time to informally learn the art of position evaluation from Gajendra S Chandel, Chief Human Resources Officer, Tata Motors Ltd., who took the audience through a captivating narration of his personal insights on the full reorganisation of Tata Motors.

Satish Mohapatra, Vice-President, Human Resources, Siemens Ltd. further enhanced the group’s knowledge through a mix of videos and presentations on ‘Position Evaluation’. Priya D’cruz, Vice-President, Human Resources, Bayer Group made an extremely interesting contribution to the meeting by sharing the concept of gamification used at Bayer for job evaluations. Raina Vaidya, Manager, Human Resources, Evonik India shared their job evaluation process and how they use Hay Methodology guidelines in problem solving and setting accountability.

After a very sumptuous lunch, Siemens took all the HR Partners for a tour of their unique ‘Open Office’, a concept which is fast catching up in today’s digital world, taking into account all department requirements and making it a cost-effective option for businesses. Some of the features of the Open Office are advance mobile work, full use of IT equipment, established Open Office landscape, defined non-territorial usage, clean desk policy, noise regulations and enhanced work-life integration.

The icing on the cake was Rohan Kadlay’s presentation on the Siemens Training Academy, a contribution to the Government of India’s Skill Development and Make in India initiatives. Initiated by Siemens for students interested in a career in the technical field but unable to pursue this dream due to financial constraints. Siemens Training Academy imparts technical skills in two trades – Electrical and Fitter. On completion of this world-class training, students can get direct entry to Diploma Engineering in their required stream, Good students from a financially challenging background (e.g: children of dependants or below-the-poverty line category like maids, gardeners, drivers etc.) have a big scope in coming into the main-stream.  The course starts from the first week of October every year and the details are available on the site

The day ended on an emotive note as the forum bid adieu to Suhas Kadlaskar, Director, Human Resource and Corporate Affairs, Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd. who will be retiring shortly. A small token of appreciation was given to him for all his love, encouragement, inspiration, support, guidance, and leadership to the HR Community. We wish him all the very best for his 2nd innings!!