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"Culture Of Curiosity & Innovation Fosters Employee Development"

Rohit Munjal, CHRO- APJI at Sprinklr believes that organisations must embrace the concept of integrated living and challenge the traditional 9 to 5 by incorporating both professional and personal pursuits into the daily routine

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Navigating the dynamic landscape of technology talent requires strategic alignment, proactive upskilling, and innovative retention practices. In an insightful discussion, Rohit Munjal, chief human resources officer (CHRO), APJI at Sprinklr, shares his perspective on aligning talent management with organisational goals, retaining high-performing tech professionals, leveraging India's global tech prominence, and engaging with educational institutions to build a robust talent pipeline. The discourse delves into the nuanced strategies that propel organisations toward success in a competitive and ever-evolving tech industry.

In the context of tech talent, how can organisations align talent management strategies with the organisational goals to ensure a robust and scalable workforce?

To cultivate a resilient and scalable tech workforce, organisations must align talent management with organisational objectives by defining the needs of the tech workforce, implementing targeted recruitment, and using data-driven decision-making. Collaboration between HR and technical departments, coupled with adaptability, is pivotal for constructing and sustaining a high-performing tech team.

It is important to have a framework which sets clear expectations of the prerequisites of each employee's success. This leads to heightened productivity in a deeply engaged workforce.

Given the dynamic nature of the tech industry, how can organisations approach employee development and upskilling to keep the workforce aligned with the latest technologies?

Organisations can foster continuous employee development by investing in regular upskilling programmes, leveraging online learning platforms, encouraging participation in industry events, and promoting a culture of curiosity and innovation. This proactive approach ensures that the workforce stays aligned with the latest technologies in the dynamic tech industry. Having clearly defined outcomes for each team and individual is essential, with explicitly stated expected behaviour, skills, strengths and gaps. Subsequently, organisations must build on the strengths and address gaps with a clear learning plan that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

Retaining top tech talent is crucial. What retention strategies have shown success in keeping high-performing tech employees within the organisation for the long term?

Successful retention of top tech talent involves offering competitive compensation, providing opportunities for career growth and skill development, fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture, recognising and rewarding achievements, and ensuring a healthy work-life balance. Regular feedback and open communication also play a key role in retaining high-performing tech employees for the long term, along with clearly defined goals. Furthermore, it is crucial to maintain a clear and intentional communication cadence, including daily check-ins, consistent global company All-Hands meetings, regular email updates, and a daily internal communication to keep everyone informed. 

One must also embrace the concept of integrated living, acknowledging that we're given 24 hours each day, and challenge the traditional 9 to 5 by incorporating both professional and personal pursuits into the daily routine. Recognising that a significant portion of adult life is spent working, it is paramount to enjoy and find fulfilment in one's work by being intentional about it. This helps employees thrive both professionally and personally, improving retention for the company.

India is increasingly recognised as a global tech and R&D hub. How can leaders leverage the strong Indian tech talent pool to position itself on a global scale?

Leaders can leverage India's strong tech talent pool on a global scale by establishing strategic partnerships, fostering innovation through collaborative projects, investing in advanced R&D centres, and providing opportunities for skill development. India's tech landscape is on a robust upward trajectory, and the country is a strategic market for most global enterprises. 

Building a talent pipeline often involves collaboration with educational institutions. How can organisations engage with universities and tech institutes to source and nurture talent?

Establishing collaborative programmes, mentorship initiatives, and curriculum feedback loops helps nurture a talent pipeline and ensures a strong connection between industry needs and educational outcomes. Nurturing young talent, recognising them, celebrating their success, and investing tremendously in their learning and development are integral elements to the growth of the organisation. 



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