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HRTV: Always place employees before customers

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Singapore – If companies want to drive growth and innovation, they have to put their employees before the customers on their list of priorities.

“It is our employees who create the differentiation advantage,” Vineet Nayar, chief executive officer of global IT firm HCL Technologies, said. He added companies have to realise that it is the employees who set a company apart from its competitors, and by placing the staff on the “centre stage of investment”, organisations can grow faster.

Nayar sat down with HRTV and shared how the human resources (HR) team’s responsibility is to design creative programmes that help managers come up with new ideas to better manage the employees. Inspiring the troops should not fall only on HR’s shoulders’. Instead, everyone should be held accountable.

“The day we delegate the responsibility of motivating our employees to HR, we make a huge mistake,” Nayar said. “HR can only innovate on how [managers] motivate [employees], but they can’t motivate on [the manager]’s behalf.”

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Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

March 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

Innovation starts from the CEO, says co-founder of Apple

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Singapore – Companies eager to groom more innovative talent to drive business should have the chief executive set the right corporate culture from the start, says Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.

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March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Making ideas work for you

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So, it’s about three months into the year, right about the time when the novelty of the New Year dies down and the stress begins to pile.

To be honest, most of the past three months have flown by for me because my bosses were crazy enough to entertain my ideas and let me run with them. I mean, they actually let me host an online weekly show with my editor!

This got me thinking. If more employees are able to be proactive and contribute creatively to the workplace, chances are they’ll probably be better, more productive workers.

Take Google for example. It’s no secret their employees get time off to work on their own projects. Sure, we may or may not have the flexibility and resources to offer what Google can, but I did a little research and I think I have a few tips to help you and your employees get cracking and start creating.

Tip number one is easy enough. Write everything done. I’ll be the first to admit I can be forgetful, so I find having a notepad and pen nearby always helps. Hey, that idea may not be something for now, but write it down because you might find it useful and even innovative a couple weeks down the road. They do say you never know when creativity strikes!

Secondly, brainstorm. This can take place literally anywhere, anytime. Doesn’t matter if it’s a formal sit down meeting or chat in the office pantry. Having a fresh set of eyes to look at things from a different perspective can reveal new ideas you would never have thought of alone.

Lastly, don’t be shy with those ideas. How do you expect them to take off if they’re not going to see the light of day? Share your ideas with a trusted colleague first if taking it up to the big bosses make you nervous. Managers, likewise, should constantly be supportive of any ideas employees might have. You never know if the next big thing is that tiny sketch on the back of a napkin from yesterday’s lunch.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

February 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm

HRTV: Joel Barker on nurturing innovation leaders

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The future of the world seems to lie in the hands of the innovation of the current generation.

With more companies relying on the next big idea, talent who are creative are more valuable than ever. Organisations need leaders who can move the company and its ideas forward into the future.

Joel Barker talks to HRTV about innovation and its place in today’s workplace. Surprisingly, Barkers says HR leaders do not have to be innovative themselves, but just be able to provide and support an environment that encourages innovation.

He shares his suggestions on how companies can make sure they are providing an environment that encourages and supports innovation, and how managers can make sure the innovation within the company translates into productivity and growth.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

December 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm