HR Training Program – Problem Solving & Leadership

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The HR Unit of HERD Group of Companies in collaboration with expert external consultant Mr Ramesh Sangare of Human Resource Development Corporation, Nagpur, has designed a series of Training Programs to keep staff motivation upbeat and at optimum levels. These training, held at regular intervals in specific areas, are deemed essential to enhance their skills as well as to turn them out as productive leaders of respective teams. The training process includes a well-planned series of step-wise interventions that are followed methodically to run efficient training programmes.

In line with the agenda, October 25 and 27, 2017 will see the execution of a two-day training program for managers and supervisors on problem-solving and leadership. These trainings would be incorporating systematic activities that will inform staff to modify their skills, attitudes and their behavior in the performance of their roles. The cross-themed training module teaches employees to gain management experience by helping them absorb skills and abilities needed to perform varied functions appropriately.

The HR Unit has purposefully planned the process to identify present and possibly future resource build-up that would serve the organization to achieve its long term goals. It is hoped that the human resource planning will serve as the crucial link between human resource management and overall strategic agenda of the HERD Group of Companies. HR therefore works to build this roadmap to ensure that HERD Group meets its current and future human resource potential. This is where HR pitches in to see that organizational goals are met successfully.

These HR training programmes help employees to learn specific knowledge-based skills in each successive session that keeps them improving their performance in their current roles. These training programmes thus allow them to strengthen their skills and each successive training program adds to their development, bringing them to a higher level. With improved performance staff members become more capable of optimally performing their jobs.

It is true that most of us do have some weakness or some lacunae in our workplace skills. Often we may not be aware of handing situations or to know how to act as leaders. This training program will facilitate to strengthen those missing areas that each employee needs to improve on. It will develop and assist them to upgrade their knowledge and skill-sets to a higher level. It is here that we recognize the importance of training that actually assists in enhancing skills, capabilities and knowledge. These trainings mould and frame the thinking processes of employees and lead them to deliver quality performances.

One of the most essential things to happen is that such trainings boost the motivation levels of staff members. Employees are of course vital to the business at hand but a motivated workforce really means a highly productive staff. Such motivated individuals can help in achieving the varied business goals. As such organizing trainings become a core area to tend to for up-scaling business plans. We need to undertake such motivation sessions from time to time. It is an important managerial function that we have to assume to solicit our employees best performances.

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Monthly Management Review Meetings

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Monthly review meetings, held on the first Saturday of every month, have been a mandatory feature with HERD Foundation and HERD Group of Companies. These monthly review meetings allow everyone involved in varied businesses, in their diverse capacities, to join together while taking a step back from routine everyday responsibilities, to assist management in reviewing performances, achievements and setbacks.

These regular assessments help all in remaining focused on the intentions and targets of their units. Management evaluates and ensures that key personnel are focused in the direction of their business and also assesses their continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness. Such review meetings help in rethinking about changes that may have occurred in the context of company’s businesses. Review meetings are an opportunity to take cognizance of risky areas of businesses and how best to go forward.

HERD Group of Companies follows the management review process to the tee in order to be on top of situations. The idea is to see the actual results relating to the performance of the business and its systems. Staff members are expected to fill in requisite data about their business performance prior to stepping in for the meeting, with quality objectives and key performance outputs clearly defined therein.

Our management review meetings teach us what we need to do if something is amiss. Senior management looks at problems encountered and suggest ways to improve or eliminate issues that affect productivity. So from month to month, management review provides the team with opportunities to look on business growth from different angles and to evaluate each period so as to improve approaches while planning for the follow-up period.

Headed by Dr Amol Deshmukh and Dr Suchika Gupta, Managing Directors, these management review meetings are facilitated by Chief of Operations, Finance and HR Head who ensure performances are in alignment with the organization’s strategy. As business leaders of the group they demonstrate that they are committed to stringent management systems for effective outcomes and compliance with company policies.

For in the final count the review is as much about individual performance as it is about the company’s financial performance and result. Naturally employee performance directly affects business outcomes and review meetings are aimed at firmly keeping a grip on effective systems to reign in financial accountability. Herein we have to contend with issues – elimination of any waste, optimize operational efficiency, reduce complaints and improve customer satisfaction levels.

Subsequent improvements in these areas will decidedly impact positively on the financial performance. Staff is prepped up to plan and prepare well for these monthly review meetings. With the agenda in place all unit heads present actual results of their key areas of performance on a pre-decided format. With the availability of actual data along with facts and figures in place, management review meetings end up collecting and collating its core processes of performance.

Once the core process performance is evaluated we understand how our products/services/processes have been delivered. Were these implemented as per plan or did we lapse and fail in some areas. What were the costs of such failures and it is here that the top management audits its findings. Thus every month we come to know precisely what have been our levels of achievements vis-à-vis our objectives and strategies. Most importantly, did we fulfill them all? If not, then what are to be the next steps?

The purpose of our monthly review meetings is to undertake a factual approach by presentation, discussions, questioning and decision-making to arrive at facts that help in planning the subsequent strategies. Management expects such meetings to help key staff in gaining confidence to understand their organization and to take ownership of their units. Monthly review meetings have over a period of time evolved and contributed in doing this. Armed with actual data, staff presentations are not subjective, sketchy accounts but hard data that helps in confidently planning the road ahead. For HERD Group of Companies the purpose of Management Review Meetings is now a well-entrenched practice.

Dr Amol Deshmukh – A Multifaceted Personality

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Dr Amol Deshmukh is an enthusiastic and youthful boss steering HERD Foundation. A doctor, academician, business man and a natural born leader, Dr Deshmukh’s vision of the future of the land and its people sees the present generation gainfully employed or taking a shot at an enterprise with complete confidence and ability.

Harboring an inbred passion for public service he shares a broad vision of development for rural Maharashtra. He wants to see the rural economy thriving and getting shaped by new-age influences. Driven by an inherent desire to create positive changes in the circumstances of the rural poor particularly pertaining to access to healthcare, Dr Deshmukh applies his body of hospital management experiences by embedding best practices and inputs.

As management expert he gained the breadth of experience that he applied back home for healthcare delivery and in the development sector. He has worked with organizations such as EU, World Bank and KFW, and gained hospital management experience in India, UK, Germany, UAE, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Nigeria.

Dr Amol Deshmukh as Managing Director of HERD Group of Companies takes care of its varied divisions. Also as Secretary of Vidya Shikshan Prakashak Mandal (founded 1971) managing 72 educational institutions (Medical, Dental, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Management, Arts, Commerce and Urban & Rural schools), he is in-charge of the objectives of the Trust.

Apart from his academician, humanitarian and entrepreneurial ventures and despite multifarious work responsibilities he regularly speaks at events and conferences on issues related to healthcare, youth and environmental issues. He shares his views with a deep sense of commitment inspiring young people to value community service and volunteerism.

The more Dr Deshmukh visits the rural areas to speak with the youth, the more he gravitates toward advocacy for development and economic growth. It is apparently clear to the youth in rural areas that issues taken up by Dr Deshmukh – education, employment, environment, and women’s empowerment are all the need of the hour.

Dr Deshmukh spells out benefits of economic prospects and emerges as a loud and clear voice in the public sphere. His focus on youth to create change is molding mindsets of rural people. Propelled by hope and self-motivated for hard work he continues to focus his leadership for building a strong team. His plan is to focus on creating growth prospects that work for rural agrarian classes. He also works for ways and means to assist the youth with economic opportunities. Promotion of girl-child education and women’s empowerment is also an agenda for him.  In the final count he wants to ensure a flourishing rural society that enjoys the benefits of development guaranteed by the state.