Sunday, December 16, 2012

In praise of B/C HR players

I admire Adobe a lot. This is my dream company.
I just viewed Adobe India career page, as you see the link below. Wondered who is managing/maintaining this page. Is this a team or someone from the Recruitment team, maybe a VP level person?. No idea.
I have some suggestions though and you can check those below.
I just copy-pasted the webpage and inserted my comments/suggestions in gentleman fashion. Hope this helps!

Benefits and compensation / India : Benefits

At Adobe, we provide flexible, comprehensive benefits and competitive compensation so employees can afford to take good care of themselves and their families. Read below for an overview of our benefit and compensation programs for employees working in India.

Rewards philosophy
We want to ensure that we can attract and retain talented and motivated employees throughout the world partnering in our success.

Mrinal Krant: Please see my comments in blue/italics.

Sentence structure can be better if you write, “We want to ensure that across our global offices we are attracting and retaining talented and motivated employees, who partner in our success/who are critical to our success.

Adobe is committed to providing comprehensive and competitive benefits package to all its employees.
Our benefits include:

‘Committed to provide’ ‘a’ comprehensive and competitive benefits package to all its employees.

Better chose ‘dedicated to’ in place of ‘committed to’ as dedicated to shows commitment for future as well.

Health Benefits: All employees are covered under the Group Tem Medical insurance which includes their spouse, children and Parents.

It is better to write the title ‘Health Benefits’ as Health Cover Benefits’

Check typo ‘Tem’. Sentence can be better structured if you write, “Adobe provides comprehensive family health benefits to all its employees. (Details of family can be provided in Policy Guidelines/Manuals.)

Risk Benefits: Adobe provides Group Term Life Insurance, Group Term Personal Accident Insurance and Business Travel Accident Insurance which covers all its employees.
It is better to write the title ‘Risk Benefits’ as Risk Cover Benefits’
All Adobe employees are covered under Group Term Life Insurance, Group Term Personal Accident Insurance and Business Travel Health and Accident Insurance plans.
Retiral Benefits: This includes the Provident Fund Scheme which is managed by India Provident Fund Trust and Gratuity Scheme which is as per the Payment of Gratuity Act.
Rather than Retiral call it statutory benefits. 
Adobe covers all its employees for statutory benefits like Provident Fund Scheme and Payment of Gratuity.
Other Benefits:
Rather write”Other Significant employee Benefits’.

·         Public Holidays
·         Leaves which consist of:
·         Personal Time Off (PTO)
·         Paternity Leave
·         Maternity Leave
·         Miscarriage Leave
·         Leave of illness (arising out of pregnancy)—Interesting assumption that illness is only/mostly caused out of pregnancy. Very interesting and surprising to see 3 leaves in the list relating to women who are on family-way! Any reason for this special consideration for women?

·         Bereavement Leave
·         Sabbatical Leave
·         Educational Assistance to Employees
·         Employee Assistance program which provides free counseling assistance
·         Concierge Services*
·         Free Cafeteria Services
·         Company Vehicle schemes
·         Medical Room Facility

Note- It was a great comfort when I saw the Adobe Career page for the US. They are so perfect with information and structure.
Hope someone looks into India matter soon.
 Hope you liked it!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

More laws do not mean more justice!

Our biggest challenge is building a sense of fairness and moderation. Given the immediacy of all issues, expediency takes the centre stage in all our actions and thoughts.
Providing the balance between humanitarianism and resource optimisation has to be the corner stone of all leadership endeavours.

Even though organisations have codified values and behaviours, we see a total lack of collective will to make members feel engaged, fulfilled and productive. Economic progress is possible without inclusiveness or vice a versa, but the ultimate dual purpose of organisation is profitability and people realising their individual and collective dreams. If an individual's ultimate goal is to become a better human being, organisations too need to become better to enable that. But this can happen only if boundaries are strong, understanding is collective and interdependence is enjoyed.

Are we not talking about governance, when we say boundaries?
In Responsibilities at Work and The Five Minds of Future, Howard Gardner talks of the 'Ethical mind' where he envisions work to be good in the sense of being excellent, responsible and engaging.

Winston Churchill said, 'price of greatness is responsibility'.

Taming the instincts and a sense of restraint for the larger good is what will transcend us from being strong individuals to strong community.

Gandhiji listed seven deadly sins: Commerce without ethics, Pleasure without conscience, Politics without principle, Knowledge without character, Science without humanity, Wealth without work, and Worship without sacrifice.

Why people block you on LinkedIn?