An interview with Ramya Sridharan, Senior HR Professional, employed with a leading FMCG Multi-National in Chennai, on the role of HR.

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The-Careers:  What do you think is the prerequisite for being a  human resource professional?

Ramya Sridharan:   I think the ability to connect with employees on a human level and help them meet their aspirations is the prime quality for being a HR.

The-Careers: What according to you is significant aspect of being a HR professional?

Ramya Sridharan: I think more than the required academic qualifications and the experience, which differs from one organization to another, the knowledge about the company and its policies, intuition to handle difficult situations, versatility and adapt to different situations, and clear focus on the overall development of an organization are important aspects of HR. Besides, one should not forget to provide a human touch in every decision one takes in executing the duties.

What according to you is the demanding part of being a HR professional?

Ramya Sridharan: The fact that HR professionals have to deal with sensitive information of both about the organization and the employees, it is imperative that they must establish relationships throughout the organization and build tremendous trust. It is highly essential for a HR professional to have a strong network of relationships across the organization and maintain the relationships and earn the much needed credibility.

The-Careers: What are your strengths and weaknesses as HR professional?

Ramya Sridharan: Over the years, I have learned the art of dealing with people and in the process has also developed a good insight into the expectations from the employers from a prospective HR manager and has kept this in mind while operating.

As far as the weakness is concerned, at times, I tend to be emotional. As a HR professional, one may have to deal with emotional problems of employees, and has to lend a patient ear to their problems, especially, when you are on the verge of showing them the doors.

The-Careers: What makes you love your profession as a HR  professional?

Ramya Sridharan: Unlike, any other function or department in an organization HR allows one to get connected with all the employees. In fact, HR department is the first place a new comer walks in and we as HR professionals are the people who develop acquaintances with a new comer whether a fresher or an experienced professional and also make them comfortable to the new environment. .Besides, HR as a profession is proactive and this aspect of HR keeps me going and urges me to give my best as a HR professional.


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