Staff Reporter

`In a growth industry, everyone will leave if there is no training' `In a growth industry, everyone will leave if there is no training'

Coimbatore: Opportunities for continuous learning at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) enabled employees to develop their abilities in information technology industry that was growing rapidly worldwide, S. Padmanabhan, Executive Vice-President, Global Human Resources, TCS, said here on Sunday.

Mr Padmanabhan told presspersons that the company had made direct investments in human resources to create a learning environment for its global workforce. About 450 human resource personnel looked after those who worked for the company, which had planned to recruit 30,500 employees in the coming year. It had already made 9,200 campus offers.

"Opportunities are dependent on competencies. If there is no training, everyone will leave in a growth industry. The value of a company comes from its people and the more you do for people, the more you are successful," he observed.

He said a learning environment motivated employees to make their curriculum vitae "better and better every day", travel around the world on business and take up more responsibilities. Personal development could take place through several channels and demand was high for online certification testing. The company sponsored learning programmes and paid for those who wanted to be certified and improve their qualifications.

Sharing views

Everyone was a learner though the method of learning might be different. Mr. Padmanabhan said his learning experiences involved getting together with top officials of other companies every month and sharing views. He personally attended benchmarking sessions.

He said TCS, which was 12th in terms of revenue among information technology companies, was the ninth most profitable in the world and was in a "strong position" to make it to the `Top Ten'. The aim now was to "increase the talent pool" and step up diversity by hiring people from different backgrounds for various types of work within the organisation.

Another feature was that the company transferred knowledge back to institutions through academic programmes that brought together professors and educational administrators. It was building up relationships with universities in other countries to make the workforce global and meet the expectations of customers, especially those who were looking for multi-language support.

Mr. Padmanabhan said the company was keen to help employees maintain their work-life balance. "Long hours are not just in the IT industry. It is the changing economic scenario of the country and the race to be No. 1," he said.

Work-life balance

At senior levels, constant travel could generate stress but work-life balance was an individual choice.

Medical check-ups, facilities such as gymnasiums and opportunity to learn yoga and dance were part of the measures introduced to help eliminate stress. Picnics, music programmes, theatre programmes and other cultural events aided relaxation.