Corporate India has become the most spoken of topic in the business communities and circles globally. This success has its roots at 2 levels -
(1) The enviable entrepreneurial zest.
(2) The highly qualified, unending talented workforce.
I decided to write this blog as over the last few weeks I have been involved in the recruitment process, enlarging Workforce, at one our start ups. Don't get me wrong, I have done recruitment before but have always done so with organizations that have well established recruitment channels, pipelines and with experience have developed an innate ability to spot the good seeds from the 'yet to mature' ones (Pardon the metaphor). May it be the robust Banking to Manufacturing sectors or the volatile yet expanding Business Process Outsourcing to the thriving Information Technology industry have got this process down to a 'T'. I know this is 2013 where using words like 'robust' and 'thriving' may not be "politically" correct, but look at it this way - you are reading my blog on the Internet.... Right? There is a company that is running this site, there are people who are working for it and they do get paid. But before I digress to far, back to the Workforce!
These modern day business giants too would have started somewhere, made the initial errors and through time, with various certifications, perfected the process. I say various certifications as everything that slightly resembles a process is either ISO or Sigma certified. It is almost like going to the local fruit vendor to buy (well 'procure' or 'engage services of' depending on whether you are a Finance or Vendor management professional) Granny Smith apples and asking for the proof of origin from them. I feel like shouting 'People we are talking about fruit here' or in my case people.
What about the companies that are at their development stages, like the one I am involved right now. And before anyone asks, its a technology based company. There is a pool of highly qualified, well experienced and motivated professionals to source from. Here is the catch 22 going back to my earlier metaphor - good seeds from the 'yet to mature' ones. And then one needs to keep in mind ones unique requirement!! For example:- the candidate needs to be able to type at least 30 words per minute, needs to be able to analyse a problem in under 2 minutes, needs to be able to communicate their thoughts through the written word effectively and so on and so forth. Again - 'we are talking about people here and not a CPUs. These kind of "demands" made me think - Do we need to train these professionals right from their college days so that they fit the bill? Or do I need to look at my recruitment process/ pipelines?
Hiring a Workforce, interesting!