Can a company operate without HR?

IndiaHRLIVE May6

 Companies say No to Having an HR Department – A recent Wall Street Journal article described how some companies are eliminating their HR function. Well here is a snippet on why they intent to ditch HR function.  ‘Companies seeking flat management structures and more accountability for employees are frequently taking aim at human resources. Executives say the traditional HR department—which claims dominion over everything from hiring and firing to maintaining workplace diversity—stifles innovation and bogs down businesses with inefficient policies and processes. At the same time, a booming HR software industry has made it easier than ever to automate or outsource personnel-related functions such as payroll and benefits administration.’

Can we replace that human element with automation? or Can HR function be fully outsourced? When so many of the critical and sensitive tasks related to developing and retaining employees, handling employee relations and compliance are left exclusively in the hands of HR, can a company operate without HR ?

Join us while India HR LIVE sets the stage for eminent speakers, HR thought leaders and Global guests for a LIVE panel discussion on Can a company operate without HR? on May 6th, Tuesday at 8pm IST / 9.30 am CST /10.30 am EST.

Meet our Guests

AnilkumarAnil Kumar Misra


VP and Head HR at Just Dial Limited, India

Anil has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with over 17 years of experience in managing human assets across sectors (Hospitality, IT, Retail, Information Services, Energy & Automobile).

Have worked with companies like I gate patni, Denso, Enercon, Oberoi Group of hotels & resorts and Tesco before joining Just Dial Limited as Vice President & Head of HR. At present accountable for driving people agenda for about 9000 colleagues across Just Dial in India. Leading a team of 60 members in HR.

Managed multiple roles like Business HR, HR Operations ,HR generalist, L&D,OD, Strategic HR etc across organizations.

Areas of interest includes Performance Management, HR Metric, Predictive Modelling, Leadership Development initiatives etc.

Michael VanDervortMichael VanDervort


CEO and Founder at Grotewerks LLC

Michael (Mike) is a human resources strategist for over 25 years, Michael VanDervort specializes in helping companies and clients to build thriving workplaces driven by positive associate relations.

Michael is a volunteer leader for the Society of Human Resources Management, currently serving a term on their Special Expertise panel on Labor Relations. He is also a board member with CUE, the leading global organization for creating a positive workplace.

Michael frequently speaks and writes on a wide variety of HR topics including labor and employees relations, positive workplace leadership, employee engagement and social media.

mohanMohan Kannan


Co Founder & CEO at & CEO

“Over 15 years of successful, award winning, general management professional with expertise on Global Human Resource Management, Mergers and Acquisitions,Business Development & Entrepreneurship.

Career highlights include successful leadership roles in Tata Consultancy Services and CMC on Global Human Resources Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, IT Outsourcing and IT Professional Services.

Co-Founder of Gotkaam an HR mobility startup This focuses on giving power to professionals to build their resumes 140 char at a time using #hashtag & connecting to active recruiters realtime.

Pioneered ‘Recruitment-as-a-service’ through which is a leading RPO provider to US IT & Engineering companies.

While he is not working, he is definitely golfing or thinking of golf. He loves chasing the goals set out for his business and himself, and enjoys the hills and the valleys through the journey of life. ”

manashManash R Mandhata

Director, Strategic Knowledge and HR Consulting India Pvt Ltd, India

Manash R Mandhata – MBA HR by education, NLP Practitioner and Executive Coach, CBI ( Competency Based Interviewing) expert has about 18 + years of experience in the domains of Talent Acquisition and Development.

He has had the opportunity of working in Talent acquisition with both Consulting cos and corporates. Was Branch Head , Hyderabad with ABC Consultants, India’s premium Recruitment and Search group. With Bharti Airtl, India top Telco, was Head Talent Acquisition for Easten operations comprising of 5 circles and 11 states.

He has handled mandates across levels, functions and industry verticals successfully. My motto in life is ENVISION, EMPOWER and ENABLE all to perform.

Join us while we discuss!

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  1. transactional work can be made redundant using technology but for managing Talent you need an HR…

  2. Mohan having an RPO company saying HR is not needed …is not acceptable…i believe if you have a hammer ever problem looks like a Nail Head …i don’t believe that its Recruitment which is HR …there is lots of other work HR does …like Engagement , Leadership development …I would never believe in in Outsourcing Leadership / people development

  3. green field projects need more HR interventions and branding then companies which have HR practices existing already

  4. how do you address… Talent / competency identification and Capability upgradations…

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