Company Sector: IT sector
Total Work Experience: 2 Years
Education: MBA - HR from Amity University
LinkedIn Profile link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/navya-narula-45123514a
Get to know me personally:
Favorite quote, something that motivates you to give your best day after day?
“You do not have to figure out the whole path towards your goals, just the next step suffices.”
Favorite business book?
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
Favorite business leader, why?
One of my favorite business leaders is Mr. Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop, Neural Link, and many more companies. The reason why he is my favorite is that his vision aligns with his business goals and he values results more than profits.
Favorite Tech product for your work?
My favorite tech product is my iWatch. Its ability to help me achieve my tasks and a constant companion for work-life balance.
Favorite question to ask while taking an interview?
Although being comparatively new to this field, what I make a point to ask the candidates is their story of how they ended up in front of me. The life decisions that lead them to this place.
If you were not an HR professional, what would you be?
I think if I were not an HR professional, I would be in the field of core marketing because of its “constant intractable” factor.
One thing you would like to change about how corporations work.
One of the things I’d like to change about the corporate world is their perseverance of profits. Instead of seeing it as the ultimate goal (destination), it should be seen as a fuel of the business to achieve a long-term vision and mission (destination).
What do you wish you knew when you started your professional career?
The one thing I wish I knew before starting my career is that it all falls into place eventually. Doesn’t matter how lost you feel before starting your career, it has a weird way of sorting out on its own, provided your efforts are constant.
Leadership, according to you, is:
Leadership, according to me, is very different from authority. In my previous organization, I considered one of my team members (having years of more experience than that of mine) to be my leader instead of my reporting authority just because of the leadership qualities that were possessed by that team member.
Something crazy about you which very few people know:
Something very weird which in ways helps me out in the end is that I always try to find better ways of doing something, even if it leads me to make more mistakes. Call it unsettling, but that’s who I am.
Get to know me professionally:
Thoughts on the future of HR
According to me, the future of HR has a more humanitarian approach combined with technological advancements. Information Technology is making the functions of HR more automated, be it Operations or Performance Management. The only thing I.T. cannot replicate is the human touch which I think will be the only factor making HR more humanitarian in the future.
When and why did you pick HR as a profession?
It was when I was promoted to class 10 and all of my friends were talking about streams to choose from after 10th. Everyone is running behind career options with the most revenue, but I wanted to pursue a career that involves problem-solving and making an impact on people’s lives on a corporate level and a career in HR was the perfect match for me.
According to you, what is the role of Technology in HR?
According to me, the role of technology in HR is vast, leading to exponential growth but even after such scope, the growth is limited. HR is something that always involves a personal touch and technology cannot replicate that shortly.
What aspect of your job do you not like at all?
Currently, I love my job and what I do but there was a time when I was unsatisfied with my job in one of my past organizations. That lack of satisfaction was sole because of the work culture suppressing innovation. It’s very important to have a work culture favoring change for the better.
Top 3 qualities every HR professional should have.
The top 3 qualities every HR professional should possess are the qualities of “Empathy”, “Problem Solving Mindset” and “Accountability”. These 3 qualities prove to be the foundation of the HR profession.
If you could automate only one thing in your job, what would it be?
Also, speaking with previous experience, the thing which I’d love to see automated in the corporate world is the employee feedback model. Instead of being a voluntary one where feedback is taken only when the employee wants to provide one, it should be industry-wide and mandatory.
Do you have trouble finding certain JD's? What kinds of problems do you have to deal with?
According to me, if you know your company well enough, you won’t face any problems with JDs whatsoever. JDs are nothing but a list of tasks and required skills for those tasks which I feel would always be very clear if you know your company well enough.
How do you keep track of the performance of the people you're in charge of?
Currently, I am a fresher and still have a lengthy ladder to climb to have people working under me but I think I’d always take decisions based on efforts and not the outputs, of the people I’m in charge of.