Glittering India Magazine

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HR is a rewarding and gratifying profession- Saba Adil- Head Talent.

She has a masters degree in HR with more than 14 years of experience in various areas of Human Resources from Talent sourcing, management to development. She has led HR roles Business HR, performance management, total rewards, employee relations, talent management and development, learning and development, and driving culture changes . She joined AEGON Religare in 2007 and is responsible for conceptualizing and driving people practices across the organisation. Since joining AEGON Religare at the project stage, Head Talent- Saba Adil established the HR framework and led various HR interventions aimed at meeting organasational objectives.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Dehradun and after some years there, spent most of my life in Mumbai. The journey’s been quite exciting from the valley to the city and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. I joined AEGON Religare in 2007 at the project stage and since then there has been no looking back. Even after so many years no two days have been the same, new challenges, new opportunities have kept me on my toes all the time. From the time we sold our first policy to where we’re today, I’m glad that I’ve been all a part of it.

Your inclination towards you entering into this profession?

I went by intuition while deciding on a career in HR, there was a pull to the profession and I followed it. I believe that nothing is more critical than people – for they are the ones who determine just about everything!

What type of lifestyle do you enjoy?

I am lucky to be surrounded by a supportive family and some close friends. In their company I enjoy almost everything. As a person, I love simplicity it just gets me focused on important things that really matter to me.

How has your journey been so far?

The journey has been quite exciting with some milestones crossed. Touching the lives of people is impactful and most fulfilling when you see them develop, grow and excel as they support businesses do the same, with one having the satisfaction of facilitating that out. 

Tell us about your upcoming projects? What is next in line?

Growing leadership from within is something we’re really passionate about with quite a few success stories here. We want to continue investing in our talent management practices specially on development and providing career paths to our high performers who have the ambition and will to do more or experiment new opportunities. We also want to continue our endeavor in creating an engaging work environment and a strong culture, a place where people love coming to work and giving their very best every day.   

Your views on current scenario about women empowerment.

I think it’s about providing equal opportunities to women and decision making and choice that she likes to exercise. More work needs to be done here. From a corporate perspective, we all know that diversity is helpful to businesses in many ways and promotes innovation through inclusive thinking from various viewpoints. Companies need to have a strategy to attract more women employees which includes providing a safe, flexible and gender sensitive work environment where more women feel motivated to join the workforce. Companies should also identify stages where women drop off from the workforce and do more proactive planning to prevent that from happening by providing options and solutions. 

Your suggestions and recommendations to our readers about your profession.

HR is integral to a company’s business success and is a rewarding and gratifying profession. It’s evolved over the last many years by having a seat at the table, designing strategies, shaping business models and also getting deep into business. After all, it’s the people that create value for the company and the customers and the greatest differentiators!


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