In this episode, Springworks' Sales Evangelist, Lokesh Gautam talks to Rahul Jain, who is heading HR at the UFLEX group. An ICF-Associate Certified Coach (ACC), mentor, Social Media enthusiast, Rahul has been ranked among #Top50HRsonTwitter HR Professional in India. With twenty years of post-qualification experience, Rahul has had the privilege of working with reputed organizations in the APAC region in diverse industry segments across rungs handling corporate, plant HR, C&B, and in-house trainer roles among others.
His previous stints have included working for renowned companies like Dainik Bhaskar, Coca-cola, and Philips.
In the episode, he talks to us about how HR functions are different across industries and the qualities one should possess to be successful as an HR professional.
How can you be a successful HR?
Rahul enlightens us with some valuable tips in order to be a successful HR manager. To start with, anyone in the HR function has to be very sensitive towards people. They should create positive and long-lasting experiences and treat the challenges of their employees as their own.
He further adds that gaining the trust of the employees, having the ability to know people, and showing empathy towards them, are some of the most significant qualities of a successful HR professional. They should ensure good business acumen, functional skills, and, most importantly, keep learning and upskilling themselves.
Rahuls’ highs and lows of the HR industry:
Talking about his ‘highs,’ Rahul mentions that he ranked among the “Top 50 HR on Twitter.” (Twitter Handle- @BeingHR). He has also been a speaker at World HRD Congress’ 17, Mumbai, and received “The Great Managers Award 2018” by People Business and ET Now. Rahul humbly admits a few of his career choices he was not happy with. He advises all HR professionals to be humble, adaptive, and always keep networking.
Use of storytelling for effective communication:
Rahul is a high believer in storytelling. He feels it is one of the most powerful solutions to ensure the smooth functioning of an organization. Older employees narrating their success stories to the newer ones can help them settle down more conveniently. He further adds that storytelling can be used in representing the company. It can also be considered a significant practice in industry forums, campuses, and social media platforms.
What Rahul achieved through coaching?
Rahul became an Associated Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation in 2018. While already developed in the Western countries, this field was still developing in India back then. Having coached more than 20 people, he gained a lot of insights into people and their abilities. He wishes to shape more and more future leaders through coaching and make them capable.
Personal interests of Rahul Jain:
Among his personal interests, cartooning holds an extremely important part here. Cartooning gives him the power of expressing ideas creatively. Many of his creations got featured on different platforms, including Business Today. He has also tried his hands on political and digital cartoons. Apart from that, he is involved in social media where he shares his views on certain topics, photographs, reviews movies, etc. He also enjoys playing instruments, listening to music, and watching movies.
Follow Rahul Jain on LinkedIn.
Produced by: Priya Bhatt
Podcast host: Lokesh Gautam