The Shape of Work

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A podcast by Springworks bringing you insights from top People Managers on the Future of Work - how it's shaping our workplace, people and the ones who manage them.

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#246: Ankita Singh on the future of work in the Law industry
Sep 12 2022
#246: Ankita Singh on the future of work in the Law industry
Ankita Singh, Co-Founder & Partner at A&P Partners joins us today on The Shape of Work podcast. Ankita is an inspiring advisor who explained this to us- build your own narrative, don't let society build the narrative for you.'Ankita started her journey 11 years back as a Legal Intern at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. Prior to finding her company, she worked for 4 plus years at ALMT Legal. She specializes in the field of intellectual property rights, sports, media, & entertainment law. Her firm A&P Partners has been enlisted in the Forbes Legal Powerlist 2020 as one of the top law firms in IP practice.She shares her experience and challenges as a first-time entrepreneur and more:Advice to folks starting their career in LawAdvice for women to help advance their careersAnkita’s take on the future of work Follow Ankita on LinkedIn Produced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Hashmita TarasinghaniAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#246: Ankita Singh on the future of work in the Law industry
Sep 12 2022
#246: Ankita Singh on the future of work in the Law industry
Ankita Singh, Co-Founder & Partner at A&P Partners joins us today on The Shape of Work podcast. Ankita is an inspiring advisor who explained this to us- build your own narrative, don't let society build the narrative for you.'Ankita started her journey 11 years back as a Legal Intern at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. Prior to finding her company, she worked for 4 plus years at ALMT Legal. She specializes in the field of intellectual property rights, sports, media, & entertainment law. Her firm A&P Partners has been enlisted in the Forbes Legal Powerlist 2020 as one of the top law firms in IP practice.She shares her experience and challenges as a first-time entrepreneur and more:Advice to folks starting their career in LawAdvice for women to help advance their careersAnkita’s take on the future of work Follow Ankita on LinkedIn Produced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Hashmita TarasinghaniAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#245: Zarna Trivedi on the future of performance reviews
Sep 5 2022
#245: Zarna Trivedi on the future of performance reviews
How can we ensure performance management strategies translate into successful execution on the ground? Zarna Trivedi, Head of Human Resources at Versa Networks, articulates the keys to achieving this- Define clear goals, followed by periodical reviews and a feedback system with a frequency suitable to the organization.Zarna, a strong business-oriented HR professional with more than a decade of experience, is well-versed in working across various HR domains and geography.She shares her learnings over the years & talks about the rapid changes in HR functions. We asked her:Meaning of productivity and performance post evolution in the business environmentWays to translate performance management strategies into successful executionHow should performance strategies be revised to adapt to hybrid & remote work?How to sustain the value of empathy in appraisal systems?Advice for talent leaders to enable transparency & fairness in performance management strategiesFollow Zarna on LinkedIn Produced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Aashi Jesani  About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#244: Aditya Oza on the changing state of talent acquisition
Aug 27 2022
#244: Aditya Oza on the changing state of talent acquisition
“There’s no perfect person for any role. The role has to transform, the person has to transform. They need to come out and work together for each other to be a success.”This and a lot more on this informative chat with Aditya Oza, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at EMotorad. Aditya has a true entrepreneurial heart. He founded his first startup- My Ride, while pursuing his Master's. He talks about meeting the other co-founders and how they started by renting out bikes. He shares this fun & inspiring journey along with several actional insights with us in this episode.Episode Highlights:Thoughts on conventional talent acquisition models. Should it change?What pivotal shifts in employee preferences led to refiguring how companies attract and hire the right people?What are the top strategies that EMotorad follows to win the war for top talent?What are some of the hiring strategies that you follow at EMotorad to identify soft skills?Aditya’s take on leveraging employer branding for organizations to persuade qualified candidates.Follow Aditya on LinkedIn Produced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Shradha Mundhra  About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#243: Empowerment in the workplace: what it is and why it matters, with Dipen Sharma
Aug 23 2022
#243: Empowerment in the workplace: what it is and why it matters, with Dipen Sharma
The key to the formation of employee experience is to keep an open line of transparent communication. It helps employees align with the experience and the culture of the organization. This is one of the many things Dipen Sharma, Senior Manager - HR Business Partner at Medline India demystified in this episode of The Shape of Work podcast. He is a strong believer of empowerment and support. Everything today is need-based, it is about how you enable people's journeys while creating a win-win scenario for your organization as a way to go forward.Dipen is an HR professional with over 16 years of recruitment experience across the telecom, insurance, financial services, cloud infra, and IT security domains. He has worked with numerous giants like Tech Mahindra, WNS Global Services, Wipro Limited, and Cognizant.In this podcast, we discuss various topics with Dipen, such as:Support and empowerment needed by today’s workforceHistory of Medline India: employee needs and wants, a new trend What practices at your organisation have the most significant impact on employee experience? How to bridge the gap between employee health and productivity?Follow Dipen on LinkedIn Produced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Shradha Mundhra  About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#242: 'Employee well-being is the Future of Work' - Divya Jain of Seekho on employee experience, culture and beyond
Aug 16 2022
#242: 'Employee well-being is the Future of Work' - Divya Jain of Seekho on employee experience, culture and beyond
'The culture of your organization & employee well-being is one of the most important things. It results in happy customers, students & employees who will take the extra initiative to go an extra mile.'Divya Jain is the Co-Founder of Seekho, a promising new ed-tech startup in India which is a video-based social platform to match the needs of graduates/early career professionals. She is a social entrepreneur working for the past ten years to provide a solution for the massive unemployable youth of the Indian subcontinent. She was BW 40 under 40 entrepreneurs and among India Today’s 50 most powerful change-makers under 50.She previously worked at Ernst & Young as an Associate Consultant & Director at Safexpress Private Limited. She was also the CEO and Founder of Safeducate.Episode Highlights:How can organizations incorporate design features and amenities to prompt well-being at the workplace?What are some of the focus areas when it comes to the well-being of employees?Outcomes of a positive employee experience in terms of business, employee satisfaction, and work culture?Practices at Seekho that had a significant impact on employee experience? Divya's take on the statement - “Companies often think the employee experience (EX) strategy is a tech strategy.”  Follow Divya on LinkedIn & TwitterProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Aashi Jesani  About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#241: Gautam Duggal on the playbook he used to create a 5-star candidate experience and employee experience at Mastercard
Aug 5 2022
#241: Gautam Duggal on the playbook he used to create a 5-star candidate experience and employee experience at Mastercard
Our next guest dislikes the conventional way of rejecting candidates. 'There has to be a mechanism to make rejecting candidates more human. It becomes more transactional when it's an automated email. The candidate's experience is impacted. Instead, conduct a candidate experience survey, and revise your process accordingly. That's more reactive.'On this episode of The Shape of Work podcast, we welcome Gautam Duggal, Director, Global Talent & Learning Consultant at Mastercard. In this conversation, we gained insights ranging from great resignation to employee experience. Gautam has worked with several giants like IBM, American Express, Avon, and S&P Global. With an experience of over 19 years, he gained expertise in talent management & development experience amidst building strategies for end-to-end delivery across global markets. Episode Highlights:What work trends will have a decisive impact on recruitment plans?How can organisations avoid workforce instability that was brought by the Great Resignation?How can you position your company better in this market to hire better? What practices at Mastercard have the most significant impact on employee experience? Advice to the HR community for thriving in the future of work. Follow Gautam on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Ramakrishnan Lokanathan About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#240: Shantanu Karnik on HR technology, employee retention, flexible work policy and inculcating a positive work culture
Aug 2 2022
#240: Shantanu Karnik on HR technology, employee retention, flexible work policy and inculcating a positive work culture
One of the most insightful suggestions for policy or change management:'To set up any policy/change in your workplace, you must first understand your employees' pulse and requirements. Find the right balance between focusing on your employee and the direction you want your company to go in.'This advice was given by our next guest, Shantanu Karnik, HR Manager at Questt. He found the perfect combination to go with after completing his Bachelor's in Law- MBA in Human Resource Development and Industrial Relations. The combination has helped him with policy formulations and legal interpretation, which is required in the HR field. Prior to joining Questt, he worked with Amazon for more than two years where he managed over 30+ employees. He sure is a team player. In this fun-filled, insightful conversation, we cover:How can business executives make the most of HR technology?What is Questt doing differently to improve employee retention and positive work culture? What biggest changes/demands do employees want in their jobs these days?How to set & communicate a flexible work model for employees?Follow Shantanu on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Ishika JaniAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, onboarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#239: How to empower the new generation of employees with Sahil Vaidya
Jul 26 2022
#239: How to empower the new generation of employees with Sahil Vaidya
'Focus on what's optimal for the business, sort your internal policies and experience because word of mouth is what attracts great talent. Without it, attracting any new talent is difficult, regardless of what marketing you do. 'In this episode, we have a successful & inspiring IIT Bombay graduate who founded his first company right after college in 2015. Sahil Vaidya is the co-founder of The Minimalist, India’s fastest-growing creative solutions company. Sahil shares the story behind The Minimalist & how he bonded with his co-founder, Chirag Gander over bad grades and a passion for creativity. They co-authored a short read- Think like The Minimalist. A book for students, practitioners, and leaders who are eager to succeed in the world of creativity.Sahil was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list & in LinkedIn Top Voices 2021 for his signature, minimalist-style humour. In this insightful conversation, we discuss topics like hiring, employee empowerment & experience, brand communication and more. Episode Highlights:How to support and empower today's workforce? What practices have the most significant impact on employee experience? What strategy works for communicating your employer's brand to talent?Strengths of emerging organizations for winning the talent war against larger enterprisesFollow Sahil on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Shradha Mundhra  About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#237: Elsa Varghese on recruitment trends, employee retention, in-demand skill sets and hiring strategies
Jul 21 2022
#237: Elsa Varghese on recruitment trends, employee retention, in-demand skill sets and hiring strategies
‘Invest in the younger generation, hire them young, and train them to be future leaders.’On the latest episode of The Shape of Work Podcast, Elsa Varghese, Director of Talent Development - India at FleishmanHillard, talks about work trends in 2022, retaining challenges, best hiring strategies and more.Elsa tells us that helping people & motivating them is directly proportional to her energetic personality. She always had an inclination toward HR, which made her pursue her Master's in transitioning into Leadership, Organizational Leadership & Strategy from IIM, Calcutta.Elsa started her career in the manufacturing industry and went on to work in various industries with the goal of learning about different demographics, people, age groups, and businesses for 14-plus years. She worked with giants like TATA AIG, Demag, Scorpio and Nestlé Skin Health.Her passion lies in helping individuals meet their professional goals, to help them find new opportunities & achieve business as well as their own career goals.In this 30 minutes conversation, we cover:What are some of the trends that might impact recruitment plans?Retaining challenges and how to overcome them.The most in-demand skill sets in the current situation.Best hiring strategies that firms should use in this new world of work.How can recruiting managers effectively coordinate their talent search to deliver business ROI?How can companies address the overheated talent market globally?Words of advice for talent leaders.Follow Elsa on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Abijith Kanthadai   About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#236: Alekhya Rakhecha on building a game-changing talent strategy, knowing your people and promoting their welfare
Jul 18 2022
#236: Alekhya Rakhecha on building a game-changing talent strategy, knowing your people and promoting their welfare
Our guest brings out-of-the-ordinary, fresh and eye-opening insights to the table around the new way of work and the well-being of the team. We are delighted to introduce Alekhya Rakhecha, Founder of Creative Commute. Alekhya explains ‘strong talent’ in the most beautiful and noteworthy way- a person who's ready to adapt & strives to do better each day is a strong talent. Skill on day 1 Curious Alekhya and her inclination towards the creative side of things led her to pursue marketing as a career. Her areas of expertise include brand strategy, content writing & copywriting, social media marketing and integrated marketing. She also threw light on much-needed initiatives toward building a positive & trusting workplace. We discuss:Her views on the new world of workBuilding a strong talent pipelineMaintaining the welfare of the team membersAlekhya becoming an employer of choice & enhancing the experience of employees across the value chainParameters followed to pick the best talentFollow Alekhya on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Aashi JesaniAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#238: Chandra Kant on the future of flexibility at work and how employee expectations are changing
Jul 14 2022
#238: Chandra Kant on the future of flexibility at work and how employee expectations are changing
'Companies who are able to build a very robust project management framework will survive.'In this episode, we have  Chandra Kant, Co-Founder and President of Akulmach Technologies, a startup built with all the rich knowledge gained from Chandra Kant and his partner's 30+ years of work experience.His previous stints include working with organizations like Siemens, Infosys, Datamatics, DXC Technology, and Encore where he has held leadership positions. He is currently helping startups and SMEs across the globe to set up their marketing & sales engine. Chandra Kant has won the President’s Club Award at VeriSign, along with many other accolades.We discuss with him: What defines the new world of work?What does he see as the biggest changes in terms of employee expectations?What it takes to set up a flexible work model and how to communicate it?What tools help set up a better virtual office?How can leaders compete with large enterprises in the war for talent?What should be an organization's focus as we transition into the new paradigms of working?Follow Chandra Kant on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Ramakrishnan Lokanathan About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#235: The right way to lead people through design thinking, with Greg Dickerson
Jul 11 2022
#235: The right way to lead people through design thinking, with Greg Dickerson
Design thinking -a framework that allows organizations and people to come up with creative solutions to complex problems- that’s just one of the things we learned while talking with Greg Dickerson, Design Coach at Bowling Green State University.Our design passionate guest gives us 5 key concepts that the design framework is based on- Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. All this put together is what makes Greg a design coach. He uses the concept of design thinking and applies it to people.Greg started his career in law enforcement but soon found his passion in working with college students. Post that, he became a college advisor at Bowling Green State University for 18 years. In this episode, we discuss: What life design is & how is it useful for students and working professionals?What are some of the major challenges of counselling?How did you switch off from work & focus on your life after work hours in the remote working model?How are leaders accommodating the ever-evolving schedules of employees while building a successful organization?Innovative strategies to improve employee engagement & curb the attrition rateEmail Greg: dgreg@bgsu.eduProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Ankita Kirad About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#234: Raising the bar on the employee experience with Ajay Prashanth of bitsCrunch
Jul 11 2022
#234: Raising the bar on the employee experience with Ajay Prashanth of bitsCrunch
'Employee feedback is the foundation to a better employee experience'On the latest episode of The Shape of Work Podcast, Head of Ecosystem Growth at bitsCrunch, Ajay Prashanth explained the importance of employee experience for your business success, in addition to sharing:How can companies build an inclusive hybrid workplaceHow can companies build an employee experience roadmap that’s inclusive of gig workersEffective ways to use technology to improve the employee experienceTips to beat your competition when attracting talentThings he learned wrt performance assessment and rewards expectationsFollow Ajay on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast host: Jessica LoboAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#233: Modern HR Management: How HR leaders can develop strategic business acumen, with Dheeraj Shetty
Jul 1 2022
#233: Modern HR Management: How HR leaders can develop strategic business acumen, with Dheeraj Shetty
We have heard about the tools and initiatives that organisations should take to retain & hire talent. What is an HR professional’s role in this? How can they change the dynamics? Dheeraj Shetty, Sr General Manager - HR & Operations at Ultraviolette Automotive elucidates that & more in this episode.He says HR people should be strategic, data-conscious, visionary, and oriented towards business acumen. Usage of analytics is more effective for better decision-making and nurturing relationships. They should understand the business and nuances of what comes in to appreciate and contribute better to your organisation.Having spent more than 25 years of his career working across industries, he definitely has excellent learnings and insights to share with us. His expertise lies in strategic HR, employee engagement, change management, and learning & development. Episode HighlightsHow should talent leaders reimagine their roles & prepare for the evolution of the HR landscape in 2022?How to address employee well-being and resilience?Things that HR need to do to add business value. How can managers create a feedback culture?Role of data and technology in helping organizations measure the employee experience.Follow Dheeraj on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast host: Rohan MankadAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#232: Marico's CHRO, Amit Prakash on creating the talent value proposition for the new era of work
Jun 27 2022
#232: Marico's CHRO, Amit Prakash on creating the talent value proposition for the new era of work
'Preparation and perseverance are the baselines in career & life to succeed.' - Amit Prakash, Chief Human Resource Officer at Marico Limited.Amit joins us in this episode of The Shape of Work podcast and sheds light on topics such as talent value proposition, employee experience & talent retention. Amit’s father taught him how to be successful regardless of the decision taken. And today, he shares it with us: When you have options to choose from, choose them wisely irrespective of what is right or wrong & work towards making it a successful one. He spent a significant portion of his career in the FMCG & has worked for over 20 years with giants such as LG Electronics, ITC Ltd, Delphi Automotive Systems Ltd, and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd. In this 30-min long conversation, we discuss with Amit:What does the concept 'employee value proposition' hold for Marico in the post COVID Scenario? How can HR leaders enhance employee experience & how to differentiate it between working from home and returning to the office?What are some of the pillars of the Talent Value proposition?How can HR leaders facilitate a people-first organization? How can leaders effectively retain talent while dealing with the Great Resignation?Follow Amit on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast host: Rohan MankadAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#231: Rajiv Ayyangar of Tandem on what the Hybrid-flexible workplaces of the future look like
Jun 21 2022
#231: Rajiv Ayyangar of Tandem on what the Hybrid-flexible workplaces of the future look like
'Almost half of the companies using tandem are either partly in office or contemplating coming back to the office at some point in the future. And I think it's going to be determined by the company size, location and concentration of people.'The rise of Tandem occurred when Rajiv Ayyangar and his co-founder went from working in person every single day, brainstorming, whiteboarding together, and having those quick yet creative conversations to working from home all of a sudden, because of the pandemic. And they stopped feeling like a team anymore.We all know that remote work and distributed companies are slightly different from the traditional office setting. There’s always a little bit of magic that’s lost when you don’t have those informal interactions at the office. But in a world that’s becoming increasingly distributed, Tandem is trying to replicate the feeling of being in an office. Tandem is a virtual office app for your remote and hybrid teams that lets you see who's around and talk in one click.Tandem CEO and co-founder Rajiv Ayyangar is our guest on this episode of The Shape of Work podcast. He talks about the inspiration for Tandem and the importance of collaboration. We discuss with Rajiv:The story behind Tandem: how it started and how much the app has evolved?What percentage of companies that use tandem are hybrid vs remote?The nuances of a flexible-hybrid workplace: is it the Future of Work?How to embrace asynchronous communicationEssential tools to create a great hybrid workplaceFollow Rajiv on LinkedIn and TwitterProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Abhash Kumar
#230: Your guide to improving employee experience for the modern workforce, with Madri Prasad
Jun 21 2022
#230: Your guide to improving employee experience for the modern workforce, with Madri Prasad
Our next guest has an extraordinary approach to hiring & training talent. She believes in creating an environment where people can thrive and perform in their top gear, unlike the global assumption of how providing competitive salary packages/ fancy benefits is sufficient.Joining us today is Madri Prasad, Vice President of Human Capital at Stockal. In her current role, she is working on creating a conducive work environment & talent acquisition and development. Psychology plays a vital role during recruitment, taking disciplinary action, and resolving disputes between employees. This makes Madri’s educational background a perfect combination- BSc. in Psychology & Masters in HR.Prior to joining Stockal, she worked in various firms such as Orange i Advisors, Oracle, Epictenet, KPI Partners, and Symega Food Ingredients Ltd. She found her calling in startups because the dynamics, dimensions, and hustle that a startup environment brings gives her a kick. Having 14-plus years of work experience, she sure has a lot of insights to share. We ask her:Guidance on how organizations can improve employee experiences.How to achieve employee experience (EX) excellence?How can today's executives plan for business disruptions?How can businesses retain the human touch in a digital workplace?How can technology be used to influence softer parts of the workplace?What do you see as some biggest changes in employees expectations? Follow Madri on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Nikita Chowdhary About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#229: Dheeraj Kumar Pandey on reimagining the future of work through technology, DEI, building a positive culture and employee well-being
Jun 10 2022
#229: Dheeraj Kumar Pandey on reimagining the future of work through technology, DEI, building a positive culture and employee well-being
'Create an environment where people & processes blossom. Try to learn one extra initiative from every employee.'Dheeraj Kumar Pandey, Vice President of Sales at Keka Technologies, is joining us in this episode of The Shape of Work podcast. Prior to working at Keka, Dheeraj has held roles in Business Development and Human Resources domain.Is it difficult/challenging, and what’s your mantra?It’s probably the first thing we all tend to ask people from Sales. Dheeraj talks about the basic ground rules and why it’s important to be a good human being. He explains that we are selling products to people who take a chance upon us, and they will do it once or twice but not beyond. Hence, it’s essential to be truthful & genuine.In addition, Dheeraj talks about:Positive outcomes of empowering a workforceHis thoughts on making D&I more impactfulHow can technologies create a culture of happiness? How do digital solutions create a positive culture and reimagine the future of work?Advice on leading well-being in the era of digital transformationFollow Dheeraj on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Ankita Kirad About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organisation building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organisation focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#228: Praveen Rawal on building a feedback-rich culture, well-defined policy framework as a differentiator and redefining your employee appreciation culture
Jun 8 2022
#228: Praveen Rawal on building a feedback-rich culture, well-defined policy framework as a differentiator and redefining your employee appreciation culture
From being the first hire at Steelcase to now growing to a Managing Director (SAARC, Design Application- APAC) role in the same organization, Praveen’s journey sets some great benchmarks for us.Our guest on today’s episode, Praveen Rawal has spent over 18 years contributing to the growth of Steelcase.Prior to Steelcase, Praveen worked at giants like Shell India & ESPN. The creative side of a business such as the development and ideation of products intrigues Praveen. This interest and passion have also helped him bring success to every new product he launched.Episode highlights:How to measure the effectiveness of your employee experience initiatives? How can a well-defined policy framework serve as a culture differentiator and help attract talent?How can companies build a community that is collaborative, highly communicative, and upholds wellbeing practices?Praveen's initiatives for developing a feedback and appreciation culture and the relevance of employee listening strategy.Follow Praveen on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Shradha MundhraAbout Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organization building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organization focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.
#227: Sameer Kalra on measuring employee experience the right way, incorporating a listening culture and car as a perk to all employees
Jun 1 2022
#227: Sameer Kalra on measuring employee experience the right way, incorporating a listening culture and car as a perk to all employees
Sameer Kalra is a polymath whose breadth and depth of interests and knowledge are truly astounding.He is the Co-Founder of pumpumpum and is best known as the industry's best salesperson.  His 22+ years of seasoned experience includes corporate sales and consulting. Sameer and his co-founder are loud and clear about their mission- democratize car lease policies for corporates. Tune in to the episode and learn about his journey as a first-time entrepreneur, the challenges he faced, & everything that took him to build pumpumpum from the ground up.This wide-ranging conversation covers a lot including:Listening to employees: More significant than you thinkHow is leasing pre-owned cars beneficial for employees: Tax advantagesWhat problem is pumpumpum trying to solve? Measures organizations should take to evaluate employee experienceAttracting and retaining top talentFollow Sameer on LinkedInProduced by: Priya BhattPodcast Host: Shradha Mundhra About Springworks:Springworks is a fully-distributed HR technology organization building tools and products to simplify recruitment, on-boarding, employee engagement, and retention. The product stack from Springworks includes:SpringVerify — B2B verification platformEngageWith — employee recognition and rewards platform that enriches company cultureTrivia — a suite of real-time, fun, and interactive games platforms for remote/hybrid team-buildingSpringRole — verified professional-profile platform backed by blockchain, andSpringRecruit — a forever-free applicant tracking system.Springworks prides itself on being an organization focused on employee well-being and workplace culture, leading to a 4.8 rating on Glassdoor for the 200+ employee strength company.