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Milind Halbe : Human Resource Manager

What has made Microsoft one of the most valuable companies in the world? We believe it is the hiring/ HR policy of its founder, Bill Gates, who said - "The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people." Nothing more needs to be said about the importance of a human resource (HR) professional in an organization. Milind Halbe, an HR manager gives us further insight into this career:

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What is your current position, career focus and total years of experience?
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I currently work with Sungrace Computers Pvt. Ltd. – Pune as an HR manager. My total working experience is 10 years.

My career focus is pretty straightforward - I would like to work as a consultant for companies who may not be ready to appoint a full time HR person due to budget constraints, but want to ensure smooth operations and employee-friendly policies.

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How did you get started in your career? What motivated you to get into this career?
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I started working in the last semester of my post-graduation. I was staying away from home and didn't want to increase the financial burden on my parents. Hence I joined a company as a trainee, working there the whole day and then attending my classes afterward. Managing things or events is my passion, and that somewhat motivated me to step into this career.

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What is this career like?
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HR has seen tremendous changes in the last couple of years. This career believes in "change." Because change is the only constant in life. Earlier, HR was only considered as administrative work revolving around salary, audit, taxes etc. but nowadays the human resources team works as a business partner in an organization. The Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP®) is a well-defined role to fulfill business objectives.

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What is a normal work day in the life of a human resource manager?
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A normal work day in the life of an HR manager includes (but is not limited to) the following activities:

1. Planning daily activities and ensuring that they're completed at the end of the day

2. Generating various reports such as attendance, man-hours, meetings etc.

3. Recruitment activities, scheduling interviews, conducting written tests, offers etc.

4. Keeping a close watch on the latest hiring strategies in the industry

5. Handling employee grievances, if any

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How was your journey from your first job till the current one? Where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now?
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Journey was full of experience; I have seen many changes within industry. I witnessed recession during 2008-2010. Starting off campus job gives you the opportunity to evaluate yourself each and every time. You need to understand many things, since HR is a functional job, one has to provide practical solutions to each problems. I believe criticism is the best way to get motivated.

I kept the keys with myself and ensured that no dirty or polluted air entered in the company and defined its sanitary. It worked. I believe in present and really not bother about future, if you honest, and do really well then you don’t need to see what will happen after 5-10years.

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What specialized training and education did you choose to succeed in this field? What inspired you to build the skills?
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I completed Masters in Personnel Management (MPM) from Pune University. A key part of HR strategy is to understand what makes people stay in an organization. Reading many articles about Ratan Tata inspired me a lot and helped me build retention skills. I focus heavily on retention by creating an environment that helps people grow from within and realize their true potential.

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Which skills have you found most helpful, and which ones will be most important in the future?
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Organization skills help a lot. An HR professional should exhibit sound organization skills to coordinate regular trainings & development programs, implement business practices and deploy HR systems technologies & modules.

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What have been your best experiences and challenges while working in this field?
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Rebuilding a team virtually from scratch and restoring the pride. It was a herculean task, but one of my best experiences. The challenge has been to break the notion that HR is a support function. On the contrary, HR performs some of the most critical roles such as recruitment, employee engagement, employee performance management, training & development.

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What recommendation would you give to prospective students who want to advance in this field? What education & skills do they need to focus on, over others?
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A good degree will help you enter the job market; however you should study core values of management, understand the nature of business, develop interpersonal skills, communication skills and always remain self-motivated.

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Do you have any other 'words of wisdom' that you would like to pass on?
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Middle managers in the organizations are soldiers on the front lines, dealing with day-to-day aspects of business. They have more interaction with employees, so it would be logical to assume that they have the best and most helpful insights.

Milind can also reached at his LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/pub/milind-halbe/15/353/aaa