Many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of. Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface.

-Ken Robinson

Monday, 10 October 2016

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How OCTAPACE Culture can increase productivity and development of Human Resource Professionals


There is a tremendous change in corporate sector due to the liberalisation of the Indian economy.  The fast & continuous changes in the business environment have necessitated the adoption of human resource development concept in order to cope up with the changes like increasing size of the workforce, technological advances, management of human resources and so on.  In every organisation, an employee seeks for his/her personal growth within a good working culture and environment. As a result, HRD and its culture are becoming an essential in the working culture these days.


Organisations need to upgrade their working climate & methods, technical and managerial skills, work norms and employee motivation in order to develop capabilities of each individual in relation to his/her present and future roles, to built  the sense of team spirit, team work and inter-team collaboration and the dynamic relationship between each employee and employer as well as to maintain high motivation level of employees. Organisational climate is viewed as an important tool for motivating a well as developing the employees working in an organisation.
In any organisation, there is an expectation of an employee about having a good working environment which is conducive to his/her professional growth so,management & workforce is responsible for developing work environment and organisational policies, practices and conditions which are helpful in creating a developmental climate in an organisation. Thus HRD climate is necessary to create a good working place in order to motivate the employees for better performance and to create an opportunity for growth and success.


HRD climate contributes to the organisation's overall self-renewing capabilities, which in return increase the capabilities of individuals, teams and organisation as a whole. organisational culture is the pattern of beliefs, attitude, knowledge and customs that exist within an organisation. The prevailing HRD Culture of an organisation can be measured by analysing certain factors which produce the way employees of a company are handled and encouraged in the organisation. Thus, the culture pertaining to how the employees are encouraged to develop and take initiative is brought out through OCTAPACE Culture of an organisation.

OCTAPACE is described as following :

"O" stands for Openness :

 Openness refers to frankness, freedom to express ideas, opinion & views, straight forwardness or outspoken. Basically, if a team is to be effective, then the members need to be able to express  their differences of opinion,views, interests and problems without fear of ridicule or retaliation. No team work is really effective if there is a cut throat or stabbing-in-the-back atmosphere where members become less willing or are unable to express them openly.

"C" stands for Confrontation :

 Confrontation means to encounter, estrangement to evolve effective and efficient solutions and suggestions towards a given problem. It means the willingness to face and solve problems rather than to avoid them till they grow into a collective grievance. In order to be effective, one should confront instead of avoiding a problem.

"T" stands for Trust :


 The term trust refers to confidence, faith or belief. In order to achieve the goals and objectives of an organisation, it is necessary to have an atmosphere of friendship, trust amongst employees and the supportive tendency of each other. People having trust can talk freely and can discuss problems without fear. To be more effective, continuous support & trust should be developed amongst the employees.

"A" stands for Autonomy : 

Autonomy means independence or freedom. people can work more effectively in a free atmosphere. Freedom to do a thing in the way one wants or tends to act as a morale booster. every individual possess an own way of doing things better. It is the job of the HR Manager to ensure the encouragement while aspiring for the achievement of objectives.

"P" stands for Pro- Activity :

 A tendency to think ahead of the problem is known as pro-activity. An organisation's top management should be capable of forecasting, predicting, projecting, anticipating things well in advance and plan accordingly.

"A" stands for Authenticity :


 Authenticity refers to factual, actual, genuine or legitimate. Every organisation has a goal to achieve and in order to achieve it, various departments are used. Management has to ensure that in the process of achieving objectives, none of its departments uses any unlawful or unethical methods which effect the reputation as well as the status of the organisation.

"C" stands for Collaboration :

Collaboration stands for teamwork, participation, co-operation, association. Basically, it means to work together. It imply's on individuals working together as a team in an organisation, sharing their skills and information with the rest of employees and vice versa. People find ways of being more helpful to each other and share feelings & skills,thereby achieving objectives with less time and cost.

"E" stands for Experimentation :


 Experimentation means the existence of supporting environment to take risks and innovate. The organisation should experiment in order to achieve something extraordinary and innovative.

In order to grow an organisation as a whole, an OCTAPACE Climate is essential...

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

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11 Inbound Skills that are essential to become a productive HR professional


Human resource management is a field where organised individuals are interested in business achieving their goals and employees reaching the maximum of their potential. The key essential skills to become a good Human Resource Manager are as follows.

The most essential and key ingredient to becoming a good HR professional is to have excellent communication skills. One should be able to communicate with the fellow employees as well as people outside the company. Every Human Resource Manager should have good writing as well as speaking skills, in order to communicate with upper management as well as lower management. They are the people who create peace in the organisation, hence communication is the basic essential requirement. 


HR is a diverse field. It not only includes communicating and solving problems of employees working within the organisation but also work like making salaries, recruiting employees, maintaining statutory registers and helping in compliance and so on. In order to do all this work, an HR Professional should be multi-tasking in nature,who should be able to handle various kinds of work at one time.


Every worker in an organisation needs a person who would listen to his problems related to work and solve it. It is the duty of an HR Professional to be ethical and solve the problems related to the workers and employees working in his company and try his best to come to a good conclusion. Therefore, ethics is essential if one is willing to become a good Human Resource Manager as well as a good human being.


There are various kinds of conflicts that happen between two or more employees at same or different levels. It is the duty of an HR to solve these problems and help them to come to a conclusion. So, every HR should possess a quality of solving the problems.



Every HR must have a good negotiation skill to bring two parties come to a conclusion and avoid any conflict that may arise. negotiation is a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement. Therefore, it is also a quality that an HR should have in order to bring peace and conflict free environment.


With the increase in technology these days, the working environment has become very unpredictable and changing. every HR Professional should have the quality of helping people to cope up with the changes.



Motivation is the art to make people desire to do the things. Every HR Manager should have a quality of motivating his fellow employees to work for achieving the best of their potential as well as to achieve organisational goals. It is an essential ingredient to becoming a good HR Manager.



Every employee working in the organisation needs the training to improve his/her working skills. It is essential for a good HR Manager to provide good training for his employees so that they can bring out the best in them.

There are various benefits and welfare policies that government provide. The workers being uneducated and the employees being unaware of these, it becomes the HR Manager's responsibility to keep the employees and workers informed about them in order to become a good HR.

Responsibility is a duty or obligation to satisfactorily complete a task assigned by someone. HR professionals have a great responsibility towards the organisation's as well as individual's growth and satisfaction. It is the responsibility of a good HR to perform his task with his best capability.


One of the most essential and key ingredients of becoming a good HR professional is to achieve organisational goals along with the individual employee appraisal. For becoming a good HR Manager one should focus on achieving these goals.

The inbound skills will help you in becoming a more productive HR Professional. 

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