In this interview with Naukrigulf.com, Samir Kaul, Senior Director of HR at stc , a telecommunications company based in Bahrain, talks about his professional journey, employment in Covid – 19 times, and a little about himself. Here is what he had to say:
Please share your professional journey with us and how did you reach where you are.
I have acquired a Master’s Degree in Personnel Management from Pune University in 2001 and have to my credit some Executive Education Programs from Stanford Business School, INSEAD and Chicago Booth Business School.
Started my career in India 2002 and have been in the Middle East (Bahrain) since 2006. My entire career spans mostly around HR Strategy, OD, HR Risk and Governance, HR Economics, Total Rewards, Talent Development and HR Technology both in Advisory capacity and in Operational Capacity.
My career growth has been quite indulging and self-driven where organizations have had the demand to scale up, diversify, build sustainable HR Operations and Best Practices, and I have been doing it with in-house teams who have always tried to do new things with high risk. Leading teams with such people who want to do something unconventional with what they have is something that has helped me grow.
Which aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is to see HR contributing at the highest level, whereby impactful decisions on revenue, diversification, expansion, all need HR to validate the hypothesis and suggest the ways to connect People to Execution. Never before have I seen the role of HR becoming so relevant. HR shall stay busy to RETRAIN for future, RETAIN for business continuity and REDEFINE Careers.
What is the best part about working in your company?
The Culture. From being a new entity a decade ago, to being a market leader and the most valued brand, the most rewarding aspect of our business has been a Culture driven by Dynamism and Drive. Dynamism never lets us settle down and Drive pushes us to be the First to Market. An empowered and a well-informed workforce is the key to our survival and our ability to fight adverse conditions.
What is your favorite way to de-stress after a long day at work?
I like cooking. When low or high, I just find cooking as one activity that balances my emotions. The desire to make something different, use some different ingredients, make something that is completely new and not being sure how it’s going to come out makes me feel alive and still in race.
Please share your favorite books or authors with our audience.
Well for me, anyone who has been successful in bringing out tangible results out of their theory and hypothesis is something I will surely like to read through. However, I have found some very strong content that has surely shaped my thinking process; How to Win Friends and Influence People, The Talent Delusion, Predictive HR Analytics: Mastering the HR Metric
Do you live by any particular motto?
Stick to Fundamentals. It is easy to go back, rewind, and fix it. Do not complicate things to look better and bigger.
What advice would you like to give to the jobseekers who are struggling to find a job during the times of COVID-19?
The time is not right for jobseekers at the moment, but this silence is in making of a world that will have a new set of rules/skills/opportunities. It was surely one the biggest pushbacks but it is also a new beginning for a new type of corporate world.
Any suggestions for jobsites to help them become more relevant in the post Covid -19 world?
The new emerging norm will need you to take up unconventional jobs that need very unconventional skills. This disruption shall give you time to go back and reset your priorities around Career Planning and reskilling.
Job sites have a bigger role to play in making sure that they create a strong marketplace of professionals especially around the skills of the future from anywhere …boundary less workforce.
I feel the channel experience between the employer and the employee can be improved by job sites by using AI to predict the most suitable candidate, connect with the business schools, and connect with the companies directly to maintain an exclusive but active marketplace for them.
Disclaimer: The opinion of the individual is explicitly personal and has no relationship with any company or any published reports.