Date: August 12, 2011
Mr. S. K. Dutt is a HR generalist with over 26 years’ of industry experience in Indian Corporates including an erstwhile subsidiary of Brook Bond, a South Korean J V & a Japanese MNC. He is presently working as Head – Group HR in ABG Group comprising ABG Shipyard Ltd & other group companies. ABG is the largest shipbuilding company in India in the private sector with an order book of approximately USD 3 billion and has major interests in shipping, ship repair & refit, offshore rigs, cement, engineering & construction, etc. ABG Group has also got the largest composite ship repair facility in the country in the private sector. Previously he was the Head of H R-(T&B), HED of Larsen & Toubro Ltd and prior to that as Sr.Vice President – Group HR and Head, in Welspun Group of Companies
Mr. S. K. Dutt, Group Head – HR, ABG Shipyard Ltd., shared with students his experiences of being a successful HR leader and his expertise in the domain of managing human resources across various industries. Mr. Dutt, on speaking about the contemporary issues regarding talent management, elucidated on the finer points of managing talent: attracting employees, retaining employees and developing them for increasing organizational effectiveness.
Attracting talented employees in a distorted labor market shall become a lot easier if the organizations have the right credibility, which is best marketed through word-of-mouth amongst employees. Here, employee retention programs play a crucial role; keeping employees happy goes beyond giving them competitive pay packages. Organizations need to motivate the employees as required, develop a conducive work culture and engage the employees in challenging jobs in order to ensure employee loyalty. Mr. Dutt also sensitized the students to the need for HR managers to develop a good understanding of human psychology and to execute required employee development programs. Stressing on the fact that people are not driven by logic but by emotions, he said that HR managers need to have a high emotional intelligence quotient to be able to deal with employees and their problems.
This interactive session with Mr. Dutt has added valuably to the way students understand employee psychology and made them aware of the softer aspects of the required skills and competencies of HR managers that make all the difference in the workplace.