Position: Director Human Resource, India
Why did you choose to work at LogicMonitor?
I chose to work at LogicMonitor because it was an opportunity to work with a multiskilled team. It was also a chance for me to bring in change, launch a more flexible workplace, and create policies that are more in line with industry practices. LogicMonitor nurtures an employee-friendly environment and gives employees opportunities to innovate, redefine, and transform.
What advice do you have for other HR professionals?
Be passionate and focus on three important areas to succeed in HR:
- Business acumen- gather a deep and broad understanding of the business.
- High emotional intelligence (EQ)- the ability to self-regulate and to read emotional signals from other people and react accordingly.
- Influence- the ability to bring people together in alignment.
Was there a certain moment in your career that you felt was a turning point?
A turning point comes when you decide to embrace a major opportunity or a major problem. I’m not sure there ever was a “turning point” in my career. There have been some significant decisions; some good calls that seemed prescient at the time. I think that a career is built over time and based on accrued experience. It’s impossible to reach a destination or achieve a goal without enduring the calamities and enjoying the good fortune that happens along the way. You shouldn’t skip steps while building a career and becoming a professional. Previous experience shapes future decisions and the hard-and-fast rule should be not to make the same mistake twice. Determine the goals, do your homework, create a plan, do your best to execute it, and revise along the way. That way you have milestones instead of turning points.
What is the most rewarding part of your role?
Working in HR can sometimes be hard, but it can also be immensely rewarding. Day in and day out, you can be juggling a whole range of spinning plates, constantly trying to make sure one doesn’t drop. At the same time, you’re doing your best to support your company’s biggest asset, the people. Seeing how my job makes a difference to individuals and impacts the success of an organization provides meaning and a sense of pride in my work.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
The most challenging thing for me is managing diversity, which is affecting every business in every part of the world. Our customer reach is expanding beyond the traditional head offices, and talent can be sourced across seas and borders. This means more sales and diverse employee experiences, ideas, and perspectives. However, with this diversity comes a few HR challenges, like managing diverse cultures in a local team. While adhering to local policies and procedures, we need to create a workplace that is comfortable, welcoming, and free of conflict – for everyone.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
I was lucky to have worked with great leaders and mentors all across my career. They helped me and guided me to become what I am today.
If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?
I would like to learn and pursue a product owner role in the near future.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like vacationing, binge-watching shows (the latest ones were Money Heist and Ozark). Corporate social responsibility has always been close to my heart, and I am working with a few Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for their well-being and upliftment. Plus, my hands are now joyfully full with my 5-month-old baby.
What book would you recommend that you have read recently?
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman.
A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.
What are some of your favorite places in Pune?
My home is my favorite place built with patience, time, and joy 🙂
My favorite places in Pune are Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, Osho Garden, and Peacock Bay. I also enjoy trekking to various forts (Sinhagad, Korigad, Shivneri). Being a foodie, I love the fact that Pune has great options for trying out different cuisines.