The batch of PGPB6 had an opportunity to have a session with a prominent HR personality from the telecommunication industry – Mr. Suvamoy Roy Choudhury. With over 25 years of work experience in different domains such as healthcare, FMCG and most recently telecommunications, Mr. Choudhury is currently the Director of Human Resources at Vodafone, India. He is an alumnus of the esteemed Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.
In today’s guest lecture, we discussed the “Future of Work.” Mr. Choudhury threw light upon some crucial topics regarding the near future of service industry.
Below are three key points from the discussion:
• Easy access to technology – Mr. Choudhury stressed on the technology is “the driver of life” in today’s era. Technology has made the world so accessible that the line between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is diminishing at a fast pace. In order to keep up with this trend, we, as a generation, must adapt to the paradigm shift. To quote him, “Democratisation of workplace leads to the democratization of technology, which eventually leads to the democratization of aspirations.”
• Globalization – Today, India has a limited multi-national culture. We are the kind of people who always want to flock with our own kind. This perception needs to change, and the only way that can happen is if our generation becomes more accepting of the global behavior.
• Fluid Organisations – Another interesting insight Mr. Choudhury provided was on the concept of Halocracy. He suggested that in organizations, equality is of paramount importance and it should be followed thoroughly. Every contributing member of the organization should have an equal stake – regardless of whether they are men or women. He put it very beautifully – “Human Resources should be more accepting of the Pink.”
In conclusion, the session provided the students of PGPB6 with a great learning discourse on the importance of change and that the onus lies on our generation to revamp the work scene as we know it. We’ll leave you with an empowering quote by Mr. Choudhury himself, “Leadership is the ability to motivate followership. To be effective, use authority rather than power.”
Written by: Devika Poduval and Miloni Shah | Post Graduate Program in Business 2017-19