How would you describe your current role to a HR outsider?
HR leader in the realm of People Operations, HR Business Partnering, and HR Strategy and has multifaceted role in pioneering people process automation, championing employee experience, fostering operational excellence, nurturing a culture of trust and transparency, and prioritizing employee well-being.
What is a common misconception about the work you do?
A common misconception about HR work is that it solely involves paperwork and policy enforcement. In reality, HR professionals play a pivotal role in fostering a positive work environment, employee development, and organizational strategy.
Times are changing and HR is considered as a business function, not just an administrative role, actively engaged in strategic ideation with founders. HR's create a higher level of business impact by driving innovation and aligning the workforce with organizational goals.
How did you get started in your HR career?
My journey in HR began immediately after high school, following my commerce education. Intrigued by the pivotal role talent plays within organizations, I transitioned into management studies with HR as my major.
I was exhilarated by the prospect of understanding the significance of talent density and its impact. Pursuing a master's in HR was a game-changer, expanding my horizons. My diverse work experiences at companies such as BukuWarung (Indonesian early stage Fintech start up), Zynga (Fast growing but a mature public gaming company), Babajob (growth stage startup in digital job marketplace), and Villgro (which invested in very early stage companies), spanning various growth stages, provided invaluable insights into the vital interplay of culture, processes, and people in building long-term, sustainable organizations.
This journey has deepened my passion for HR's transformative potential.
Describe the most impactful HR project you've personally worked on.
I conceptualized and implemented transformative initiatives, including fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through the creation of internal communities for underrepresented groups, I cultivated a safe and inclusive workplace, nurturing a culture defined by trust and equity.
These efforts have not only enriched our organization but also empowered our employees to thrive.
What is one HR/future of work trend or change you're not convinced will work for SEA startups?
The HR industry is in constant evolution, with the pandemic reshaping how we work. I'm optimistic that flexible work models will thrive, as employees now have diverse work preferences. Embracing this diversity can foster job satisfaction and productivity, aligning with the changing demands of the modern workforce.
What is one HR/future of work trend or change that you hope to see more of at SEA startups?
One HR/future of work trend that I hope to see more of at Southeast Asian (SEA) startups is a heightened focus on mental health and well-being initiatives. With the increasing awareness of the importance of employee mental and emotional health, it's crucial for startups in the region to invest in programs that support their teams' well-being, fostering a more balanced and resilient workforce.
What is your favourite HR resource that you would recommend to this community?
Lastly, where are you based, and where would you take friends visiting your city for the first time?
I stay in Bengaluru, India, which is often referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" due to its thriving tech ecosystem and emerging startups. Would recommend Cubbon Park which is a beautiful park in the heart of the city and The Museum of Art & Photography!