Angela Ryan, Group HR Director - Asia Pacific, GroupM, is quite upbeat about India. Her role covers 16 markets in the Asia Pacific region. Speaking exclusively to exchange4media, Ryan said, “I feel the experience in an economic downturn helps you think right talent for the right job and doing the right things.”
She noted, “It is easy to motivate people during boom time. But in an economic slowdown, the incentive is quite shortlived. What we really focus on is engagement. We look to create an environment where great people want to work. The focus is on culture, employee experience, employer branding and giving them a fantastic environment to learn and grow. This is how we motivate people in GroupM.”
Ryan continued, “It is not totally true that India has been protected from the global hire freezes. We have been hiring selectively for a few key roles. Our HR approach in India is to not let go. We are providing our employees with a growth environment and telling them what we can offer them in this global slowdown.”
“The changes observed in the hiring and appraisals front are specific to each company and is all linked to business performance,” she added.
Ryan further said, “I feel the employment scene changing in India. The country is showing first signs of long term recovery. India is a place where we are seeing changes taking place after the recent elections. The APAC region will also improve with the global economic situation improving.”
“I feel the thought process that organisation heads should bear in mind while dealing with the employee force in current times is shifting the mindset away from the concept that we own people. People choose to stay with us, but will move when there is better opportunity elsewhere. You have to think how to create the best place to work in your organisation itself,” she concluded.