Sunday, January 17, 2021
I attended Education conference in India few years ago. I heard a statement that if Silicon Valley of Education has to happen, it must happen in India. Fast forward to 2021, this is what is happening in India . With Many EdTech startups coming up from every nook and corner, India is ready for Digital and Online Learning.
Education is a fundamental right for children aged 6 to 14 years. Byju has rolled out a fab initiative called Education for All with the intent of democratising education and provide learning opportunities to 5 million children from underserved communities through use of Technology.
Technology makes learning fun
Technology makes learning inclusive
Technology makes learning personalised
How can you get involved ?
As a Corporate , through CSR initiative , impact communities at large scale. Byju will offer study content free of cost to be distributed to your beneficiaries.
As an Individual , be the changemaker, promote the initiative on your social media channels and or volunteer to mentor a child.
As a non-profit, your outreach at the grassroots level can truly help communities and children at large. Make your outreach effective and impactful by providing BYJU’S learning content to the communities and schools you work with. Your insights coupled with our interactive study content, expert educators, and teachers can help us accomplish our goals together.
What is needed is Corporates , NGOs, Individuals to come together to support this grand mission To educate 5 million children and lift them up out of poverty .
How do you create Lifelong Learners ? By instilling a sense of curiosity . Children by nature are inquisitive and ask variety of questions to know the world around them.
India has population of 1.3 billion.
UN projects that Delhi will become the largest city in the world with 37 million people by 2028.
India is now the world’s fastest growing major economy .
India is a highly diverse country with a troubled past . Social Inequalities can be bridged through Education and Learning. If student in a far remote village can’t come to school, let schools go to them. Which is possible through mobile, internet access, radio, low cost tablets loaded with learning content.
Enable Teachers to play the role of facilitator. If content is accessible 24 by 7, Teacher can facilitate conversations in classroom to help children read, write, speak, develop deeper understanding of the content.
Education in India has an ancient tradition that dates back to the Vedic Period (1500 to 500 BC). By the time European colonialists arrived, education mostly took place in traditional Hindu village schools called gurukuls.
Let each village become a Gurukul and you can be a change maker in Transforming Education in India and leading India towards path of economic prosperity.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Pic Courtsey - https://www.unicef.org/serbia/en/how-protect-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic
Corona has disrupted lives of many. It is often known in HR circles that Corona is the real disruptor that caused Digital Transformation in most companies. Even those companies that had no work from home policy had to prepare themselves to enable employees to work from home overnight during lockdown. Some businesses thrived , some tumbled and some closed shops forever. I was in discussion with a SME Business owner, he made revenue of 5 crores in 3 months time period. Talk about being at the right place at right time and ability to make things happen. He is the Trusted go to person for many businesses, being in IT Infrastructure, he catered to business needs and solved complex problems innovatively.
I did a random survey on twitter to find out how Corona impacted work and lives of people . 50% said that it increased their workload.25% said their partners shared the workload. For singles, it meant doing all the chores and extending work hours. People dwelling in cities learnt to become independent and not be dependent on househelp .
Mental Health became a priority for organisations Organisations expected Employees to bring best version of themselves at work.
Managers had to learn how to be more empathetic to their teams to provide good employee experience .
“If I talk about my company then the support extended by them was excellent. We went to work from home model even one week before the govt declared the lockdown. We are still working from home. No salary cuts. They send regular mails to us mentioning that they have our back. “ @Parul_RajeevM on twitter
“Mine is comparatively small company set up (US based IT company) while my husband works at a senior position in an IT giant (Indian) but his company has cut the variable component from salary of all the employees in his band “
Professionals had to deal with job losses, salary cuts. While others were lucky to retain their jobs. According to one estimate , 2.5 crore Job loss are estimated due to Covid in India alone. That number doesn’t count labor in informal economy . The hospitality and travel sector were worst affected. Every day I receive resumes by professionals who are looking for jobs . This added on anxiety to already stressed out lives. Mental health professionals were in much demand. People did not know how to deal with loneliness brought upon by epidemic.
Mental Health conversations were brought to the fore. Some of the celebrities committed suicide due to lack of work and lack of social support.
Coming back to Mental Health , kids had to go through a lot as they couldn’t go out to play.
"we are keeping schools open for kids mental health’ U have never given a single fuck about children’s mental health - @dreamershoteI "
Kids and Teachers had to learn new skills to study and teach online respectively. All of a sudden, people were required to spend uncountable number of hours online for learning, shopping, entertainment, staying in touch with colleagues, friends, family, parents.
People had no option for Digital Detox but to remain online for living lives . Technology connect us all but also isolates us in indirect manner. This caused a heavy toll on mental well being of people.
“The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. “ - CDC.GOV
Fear isn’t over yet. Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation still concerns most people. But there is Hope. Thank God there are vaccines which are available in market now. We just have to make informed decision on which vaccine one must take. Vaccine politics is going on, consuming too much negative news also adds on to anxiety.
We have had enough of 2020 . Thank God it’s over.
Darkest night has brightest dawn .
I am hopeful, 2021 will bring upon new hopes, dreams, opportunities and people will come up with new ways to live a more balanced healthier lives.
Vijay has created community of People who are Caregivers and Suffer from Bipolar . Connect with him here
Mental Health conversations, always a good thing to stay connected with
community which offers solidarity and understand your mental health challenges.
For real lives collection of stories by people dealing with Mental Health issues ,
refer to http://www.healthcollective.in .
Stay Good. Stay connected.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Employer Branding is the right choice to attract quality Top Talent, Social Hiring and achieve Business Goals
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Employer Branding has gained prominence in last 4-5 years. Companies are realising that it is not enough to continue with old recruitment and hiring practices , if they were to hire best talent from the market .
Each hire in a critical role is an investment for the organization. Companies want to make sure that there are fewer hiring mistakes and they hire the right candidates which fit the culture of the organization and is a super star employee. The buzzword for 2018 is Candidate Experience. Candidate experience is as important as Employee Experience. Many a times , passive candidates don’t apply to opportunities because of the time consuming application process. Linkedin offers an easy apply button and many companies Recruitment systems i.e. ATS ( Applicant Tracking Systems ) are integrated with LinkedIn. What it means for candidates is the ease of applying to companies with the click of a mouse, they can submit their cv in companies database. Linkedin easy apply is just one example of providing a seamless experience to potential candidates at the time of hiring.
Employer branding is the process of promoting a company, or an organization, as the employer of choice to a desired target group, one which a company needs and wants to recruit and retain .
With the rise of different digital platforms , it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose how to advertise or market your jobs to potential candidates . Gone are the days , when candidates would apply to jobs without researching the company. Candidates research their potential employer on Glassdoor , read reviews, see ratings of Top Management as much as companies try to find about candidates. Candidates want to know what it feels to work for your organization. What is the culture, what are the career and advancement opportunities, what kind of learning does your company provide, what are the rewards for performers , what are the benefits and perks for working with your organization. In short, candidates assess their potential employers before applying for the jobs. Thats where lies the importance of employer branding.
Companies rely on different source mix for diversity in hiring - example Career Sites , Employee Referrals, Job Boards, Social Media, sometimes external Recruitment agencies and Vendors. All these are potential options to reinforce your Branded messaging which is consistent as well as Authentic.
Employees stories make a really good option to indulge in Corporate Storytelling and showcase culture of your organisation. Stories of the employees when narrated in first person are much more appealing to external candidates than formal Corporate Brand message.
Employees are adopting social media platforms , hence the Corporate Brand gets humanised.
Effective employer branding is the combination of market research, advisory services, communications and marketing to achieve both a credible and desirable brand position.
Finally, through talent acquisition and retention, the end purpose of employer branding is to stimulate business growth and achieve strategic business goals.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
2. It is the People who create Value for your Business and Clients .
3. Social business is a powerful force of change in culture and
behavior that is transforming the way enterprises work to better
capitalize on our most valuable resource: people
4. 36% better customer service reported by companies using Social Tools
ESG Research Report, Social Enterprise Adoption Trends, June 2012
5. In the next 5 years, 57% CEOs expect digital channels to be the key way to engage customers.
IBM Global CEO Study May 2012
6. 65% of Executives use Social Business tools to understand market shifts
IBM Global C-Suite Study October 2013
7. 70% of Executives believe Social Business can fundamentally change the way business works
MIT Sloan Management Review,
Social Business Study: Shifting Out of First Gear,
David Kiron and others, July 16, 2013.
8. The rise of mobile technology: With almost 75 percent of the worlds population owning a mobile device, information is not only accessible, but available at our fingertips.
9. According to a study done by Salary.com, 72 percent of candidates are using social connection tools to scour jobs.
10. 10 skills for the Future Workforce ( Marcia Conner)
11. Twitter search #IBMSWchat for links & further resources on Smarter Workforce = Future Ready Workforce for Digital Era
12. In the USA right now there are over 3 million unfilled jobs, while in countries like Spain, youth unemployment stands at a jaw dropping 47%. The extent of the gap between what employers need and what the labour market provides in terms of skills and talents seems to be continuously widening.
13. The global skill gap is here to stay for as long as technological advances, globalisation and demography continue to redefine work
14. Executives at Wipro, for example, work with tens of thousands of colleges across India to train teachers to develop IT skills, build state-of-the-art curricula, and encourage students to become what they term work-ready
15. 10 ways to Future Proof your Career by Dr Lynda Gratton
This is 2011 article, however still relevant, for individual employees / professionals to prepare themselves for Future
( Timeless wisdom by Dr Lynda Gratton )
15. Andrew McAfee Social Technology as major Disruption to Global Economy
16. IMHO, Future Ready Workforce will constitute Individuals who are LifeLongLearners, who have the ability to learn, unlearn, relearn and reinvent themselves. Who are agile, and make investment in self education and acquiring new skills.
Future ready workforce also mean networked and collaborative workforce. They know how to collaborate, create trust in virtual environment, reach out to experts across borders and locate expertise quickly at the tip of fingertips to create value for clients.
Future ready workforce means individual employees may not have all the answers to client problems however have the skills to find the answers and reach out to experts.
Who knows what and who knows whom becomes utmost important , hence the value of networks.
Future ready workforce know how to manage work in a borderless economy.
17. Digitisation is a step change even greater than the internet. Exponential technology advances, greater consumer power and increased competition mean all industries face the threat
of commoditisation. The winners will act now, and build a strategic advantage that leaves
their counterparts wondering what happened.
18. According to Ernst & Young research, other Generation Y
► Collaborative, networked learning: the average user spends
55 minutes a day on Facebook
► Fast, easy and fun communication: Generation Y adults
spend 15+ hours a week on the internet
► Visible peer recommendations in decision-making: 80% of
consumers believe peer recommendations, but only 14%
► Immediate feedback: 34% of bloggers post opinions about
products and brands
► Environmentally aware: 96% of Generation Y want an
environmentally aware workplace
► Flexibility: 56% of Generation Y prefer to work flexibly and
choose when to work, and 79% prefer to be mobile rather
than static workers
19. Digital Business Model Creator/inventor Year of birth
Facebook social networking Mark Zuckerberg 1984
Napster peer to peer file sharing Sean Parker 1979
Spotify digital music streaming Daniel Ek 1983
Skype VOIP telephone network Janus Friis 1976
Twitter microblogging social network Jack Dorsey 1976
20. The Rise of the Prosumer ( E&Y research)
A Prosumer is a term used for a consumer who is unusually interested in products/
services of a brand. Prosumers will dedicate their spare time to upload reviews and
comments and respond to other reviews and comments about the product. Some
prosumers will record YouTube videos to help other users with technical service
issues of a particular product. These individuals can be very useful sources of product
development ideas, or can be incentivised as a low cost provider of technical service to
21. The digitisation of everything How organisations must adapt to changing consumer behaviour (E&Y Research)
► Improve customer experience
► Increase marketing, sales and service effectiveness
► Develop multi-channel strategy
Suppliers and partners
► Improve transaction speeds, lower costs
► Optimise the end-to-end digital supply chain process
► Improve supplier relationship management
► Optimise sales and operations planning
► Manage organisational change
► Develop social policies and governance
► Develop digital skills and capabilities
► Manage recruitment, retention and talent
► Develop a digital strategy
► Assess market and competition
► Design operating model and organisational structure
Monday, January 13, 2020
I have been inflenced by Stephen Covey 7 habits of highly effective people all through my Life. I read that book when I was 20 . Like the old love which keeps returning to your life again and again, 7 Habits kept returning to my life again and again.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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