Akash Chauhan

VP, Urban Ladder.


  • What are the top three skills that an HR must have?

    1. Business understanding- You should be able to have same or better business acumen as your business leaders in peer group. 2. Stakeholder Management- You will have to deliver on outcomes where you will have little or no direct control hence your ability to reason and align needs to be high. 3.Problem Solving- Every situation and/or individual will be unique hence your ability to understand the context and break down the problem on 1st principals is important

  • What would your advice be for talent leaders as they strive to build a digital workforce?

    Will be helpful if you can elaborate the question.

  • Considering the current pace of things that are impacting the world of work, what are the three key qualities that leaders should have?

    1. Servant leadership mindset 2. Empathy 3. Very strong ability to manage ambiguous situation

  • How would you like to motivate young HRs?

    I believe motivation is intrinsic however the fact that people in general are set to become the key differentiators in org success means HR will have a very important role to play in the future.

  • What are the supplementary benefits of digitizing HR?

    Will be helpful if you could elaborate the question

  • How do you measure the engagement in an employee?

    Is that person punching above his/her weight everyday. One can only do that if they are very engaged.

  • In your opinion, is happiness a consequence or cause of career success? Also, what are some of your good tips for achieving work-life balance in today‚Äôs competitive work culture?

    The real question is actually wether career is a contributing factor to your happiness. If yes then its both a cause and consequence. On work life balance I am not the right person ssinceI do not believe in it.

  • What is your experience of working as an HR in your current organization?

    Good

  • What are some of the leadership lessons that guided you in your journey so far? Who is the one leader you look up to?

    Man management, empathy and standing by your team. My skio manager from my 1st role.

  • What do you feel the role of HR will be in 2025?

    Most likely it will be the 2nd in line to CEO

  • How do you see your job evolving in the future?

    Evolve towards a CEO role

  • What do you think the impact of implementing technology in HR can be?

    Tech currently is and will continue to play a vital role in HR. Starting from low hanging fruits of automating repetetive tasks ( payroll, onboarding, surveys and data collection) to analytics on all sorts of data collected to increasing efficiency. I think the next wave of HR in India will see tech adoption on massive scale

  • What was the most challenging moment in your career?

    Multiple snd very difficult to write all down

  • What motivated you to choose this career?

    The fact that there was a clear vaccum

  • How was your experience with your first job?

    Painful at 1st because the transition I had to make towards becoming a professional but rewarding everytime I was able to have an impact

  • How has your job evolved over the years?

    Executor to planning the execution to planning future for the function to planning for the future of the org

  • What are the 3 things every successful human-resource-professionals must-have?

    Business acumen, stakeholder management and perseverance

  • What is your biggest concern at your job? How do you manage it?

    I work for a startup so the concern changes everyday. Manage it getting used to living with it

  • What is actually an HR's work according to you?

    people are an asset base org has. HR's role is to ensure that the asset based is contributing in the best possible manner towards the org objectives. ( Culture, PMS, Hiring etc) all are towards the ensuring that this asset based in contributing in the best possible way towards org outcomes.

  • How important it is to invest in employee well-being?

    How do you define well-being?

  • How much of Digital transformations in HR is hype and how much reality? Do you think striking an optimal balance between technology and human touch is the need of the hour?

    Automation of recurring work and increasing availability of information and support through tech is important. Data gathering and analysis are next steps but the question there is what data are you collating and what are you analysing it for. Digital transformation and the extent is dependent on the scale of the org and the need of the hour.

  • How would you describe the transition of HR department in Indian culture?

    Will be helpful if you could elaborate the question.

  • What is that one revolutionary HR policy that you have come across?

    Not the policy but the culture doc created by netflix is something I admire primarily because of the clarity and straightforwardness.