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Human resource managers asked to shed old concepts and embrace new realities

HYDERABAD: The need for HR managers to be innovative and savvy to meet emerging dynamic situations post-globalisation was stressed by speakers at a conference on "Human Resource Management Competency Building" here on Saturday.

The meet was organised by the Andhra Pradesh branch of Employers Federation of Southern India.

In his key note address, R.K. Somany, CMD, Hindustan Sanitaryware and Industries, said the role of HR in industry and public life was getting more and more challenging in the face of globalisation of economy and business, rising power of MNCs, cross continental movement of people, diverse social and work cultures.

Emphasising the need for HR professionals to shed old concepts to embrace new realities, he said with the emergence of service industry, the greatest challenge was how to deal with knowledge workers vis-à-vis their manner of dealing with blue-collar workers.

At the industry level, the role of HR was moving from a focus on rules to results.

MD, Shanta Biotechnics, K.I. Varaprasad Reddy, said only 15 per cent of graduates and post-graduates coming out of the academic institutions were employable and wanted HR managers to provide the right manpower to an organisation.