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Ganesh Iyer’s Mission For Fostering Coexistence

Ganesh Iyer’s quest for fostering ecosystem of coexistence

In the pursuit of fostering a harmonious ecosystem, Ganesh Iyer, Senior Director of Human Resources at ADP, believes HR professionals must engage with employees, creating an atmosphere of coexistence through technological innovation and continuous learning.

A professional for more than 15 years, Mr. Ganesh maintains that investing in honesty can yield high returns. He advocates for lifelong learning and encourages humility in the face of continuous growth.

Lifelong journey

Early in his career, Mr. Ganesh recognized his affinity for people connections, a realization facilitated by a mentor.

He has also displayed a willingness to learn continuously. “When you are willing to learn, people are ready to invest in you,” stresses Mr. Ganesh.

He adds: “You must be humble enough to pursue learning as continuous journey.”

And he still finds his marketing education from MBA useful in HR practices. Especially in nurturing an employer brand.

This is essential in the competitive war for talent. “You try to build practices to attract, engage and retain talent in a way better than your competitors,” he explains. Also, employees become brand ambassadors of the firm.

Bridge the gap

In his initial years at ADP (2012-2018), Mr. Ganesh identified the need for HRs to be seen as connectors rather than institutions.

“HRs must bridge the gap between the employee and the employer,” he says.

“We must have open and transparent conversations with employees,” he adds, explaining that HRs impact both personal and professional lives of individuals.

Tech  to the aid

Among the innovative transformations Mr. Ganesh has
been part of, he cites operating a lean but efficient team.

“The reason for our effectiveness was the integration of technology,” he recalls.

For example, sending automated personalized email reminders under the HR head’s signature to remind employees of their family members’ birthdays.

Further, Mr. Ganesh’s helped introduce the HR experience survey, which records employees’ assessment of HR practices.

Today, ADP offers the survey to its customers. Thus, Mr. Ganesh has been part of technological innovations which went to the market.

“Everything with a people dimension has a market dimension too,” he adds.

For HR professionals to be effective today, he suggests acquiring greater horizontal effectiveness beyond domain expertise.

Further, they must voice their opinions and leave a mark wherever they go. “No one is going to recognize you unless you speak and sell your work well,” he advises.

Learn from performers

Mr. Ganesh draws inspiration from his experiences in sports, emphasizing the values of team participation, collaboration, and constructive criticism.

He encourages learning from those better than oneself, emphasizing the importance of the heart and mind connection, a lesson instilled by his mother—a retired government officer.

Second, she taught him the value of honesty.

“People will look up to you if you’re honest. You’ll also cultivate a circle of trustworthy people around you.”

Career Highlights

2012 – Present
Senior Director – Human Resources at ADP
Earlier, Director and GBS HR Leader – HRBP at ADP

2011 – 2012
HR Leader – Enterprise Business (APAC) at Tata Docomo Business Services

2009 – 2010
HR Business Partner (India) at Virgin Mobile India

2007 – 2009
Human Resources Advisor at Hewitt associates

2006 – 2007
A.M- HR at Accudx

2011 – 2012
Training Manager (agency) at Max Newyork Life Insurance

2010 – 2011
Training Manager at PNP Fund Management

2007 – 2009
Executive – Training at Amway India Enterprises

2006 – 2007
Unit Manager at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance

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