Rethinking Employee Engagement – Beyond social and digital



Research shows that only 13% of employees are engaged at work globally. Which is a nightmare for any organization that values talent as one of their top priorities.

But how are they going to fix it? Is it putting the needs of employees first or exploring avenues like social and digital to engage employees where they are. Or do we need to rethink Employee Engagement?

I know we had an insightful conversation last time on ‘Employee Engagement Trends and Drivers- across the Globe’. We know it is all about making your employees feel valued, well communicated and treated well.

Talking about communications, now companies are using social and digital media to build relationship with their employees. A research conducted by LinkedIn and Altimeter Group found that ‘Employees of top socially engaged companies are far more optimistic than those of other companies they interviewed: 52% versus 41%. Additionally, 20% of employees are more likely to feel inspired based on how companies use social media to engage with them’

Join us while we talk more about ‘Rethinking Employee Engagement – Beyond Social and digital’ on October 21st, Tuesday at 8pm IST / 9.30 am CST /10.30 am EST. And tweet your comments & questions with a hashtag #IndiaHRLIVE to join the conversation with our #IndiaHRLIVE ambassadors

Here are some thoughts that we will cover

1.      What does it takes to build a relationship with your employees & stake holders?
2.      Are well communicated employees engaged employees?
3.      How do we rethink what we do around Employee Engagement, especially employee communications?
4.      What role does social and digital play in engaging employees?
5.      What are the new norms of corporate communications when we have social & digital in place?
6.      Beyond social and digital, how can we engage our employees?

Meet our Guests!!

Ramaswamy kRamaswamy Kavalapara,

Head, HR, APAC, Xchanging

Ramaswamy Kavalapara heads the Human Resources function for the APAC region and is based out of Bangalore. Ram’s span of HR management comprises of all our offshore BPO and ITO centers in India, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Ram joined Xchanging in 2008 and currently has over 27 years of Human Resources experience within the IT and ITES industry. He has technical/functional expertise in Resource Management, Compensation, Performance Management, Training & Development and HR systems re-engineering. He has held positions of global responsibilities and lived both on and off-shore.

Prior to joining Xchanging, Ram headed the Human Capital function at PSI Data Systems Limited. Prior to PSI, he worked at Wipro Information Technology Limited. Ram holds a graduate degree in Economics and a post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Human Resources. He loves sports and plays Cricket, Shuttle Badminton and Chess.

Manu GopinathManu Gopinath

Global Head – Human Resources, Head – Spain, Latam Operations

Manu brings significant years of business operations and human resources experience in the global IT industry. He is one of the founder employees and member of the executive council of UST Global and has been instrumental in UST Global’s success stories for the past 14 years. A highly accomplished professional, he started his career in the software engineering and later moved to global operations and talent management. His approach to the human resources is grounded deeply in the business context while striking a fine balance with human capital needs.

In his role of Global Head of Human Resources, Manu is responsible for all key aspects of UST Global’s human capital including resource planning and deployment, performance management, engagement, retention, rewards, training, development and succession.

His passion to align business and HR resulted in introducing the HR Business Success Enablement model in UST Global which has proven to be a successful model for managing growth. This model continues to add incredible value to the business and sets the company up for incredible revenue growth and global expansion.

In addition, as the business leader and executive sponsor, Manu spearheads UST Global’s expansion into Spain and Latin American markets. Under Manu’s leadership UST’s HR practices have been globally recognized. The Learning program of the Year Award from Skillsoft and WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces 2014 are some of the most recent recognitions for UST’s Human Capital programs in 2014. His articles have also been published in magazines like SiliconIndia and People and Management.

Prior to his HR roles, Manu held a number of management positions across diverse areas within UST Global. Manu earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and an MBA from University of Calicut, India. He is a graduate of Executive Program from UCLA Anderson School of Management where he also completed the Advanced Program in Human Resource Management. He is currently based out of Aliso Viejo, California.

AmitAmit Avasthi

General Manager – Human Resources

HCL Technologies


Amit has over 13 years of experience in HR, after graduating from SIBM, Pune he has worked in various HR areas starting with HR technology, where Amit pioneered the breakthrough of HR Analytics and Self Service solutions in SAP customers, the push ensured 60% higher adoption. After working with multiple HRMS solutions across a variety of clients, Amit joined Aon Hewitt as Industry Leader for IT/ITES where he worked on selling & delivering a range of client solutions in Engagement, leadership development, Rewards and HR diagnostic, this was followed by a stint in EY Human Capital practice where Amit worked on HR transformational projects. More recently in his current role, Amit was involved in a large process transformation for 85k + employees across the globe where he managed a large program to redesign and implement Career, Talent, Performance, Rewards and Learning practices. Amit has pioneered multiple initiatives like launch of a social career management, use of gamification to communicate program changes to employees and design of a trigger based smart survey.

PrashantPrashant Joglekar

Joint General Manager – Human Resources, ESSAR STEEL

With over 22 years of extensive experience in Human Resources Prashant Joglekar takes care of L&D & facilitate Employee Engagement for Essar Steel, part of 39 Billion Dollar Essar Group. Before joining Essar he had had professional stint with best of the Indian conglomerates Crompton Greaves, Mahindra & Mahindra, Reliance Industries. He has expertise in Systematic Innovation Methods training & facilitation (TRIZ) and has completed his M.Tech from IIT Mumbai. He is also an avid blogger since 2007 and have published over 100 posts. Reading is his hobby, blogging, tweeting & networking is his passion. Check out his blog and connect with him on twitter at @Ideabound

Moses Gomes - Imprimis Life PR - MumbaiMoses Gomes

Manager – Digital Marketing at Remi Elektrotechnik Limited

Moses is a seasoned Marketing Communications, Social Media and Branding professional with more than 10 years of experience. Having worked with some of the top names in the communication and media industry viz. Mid-day Multimedia Ltd, Remi Elektrotechnik Limited, RadioCity FM, Imprimis Life PR Pvt. Ltd, Clea Public Relations Pvt. (I) Ltd, Identity Brand Consultants and Card Xperts. Connect with him on twitter at @InspectorDhola 

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