Importance of Training and Development

“Training is the sculptor’s chisel upon the raw stone of potential, shaping it into the masterpiece of capability.” Prioritising the investment in the learning and development of employees is crucial for ensuring sustained success in business over the long term. According to LinkedIn’s learning report, a substantial 94% of employees …

Diversity and Inclusion

There is no doubt that valuing diversity in the workplace is a positive thing, in fact, a key part of the diversity definition is understanding, accepting and appreciating individuals’ unique characteristics and the value they bring to the team. Despite many organisations’ best efforts diversity initiatives tend to fall short. …

Workplace harassment prevention and awareness

In the contemporary discourse surrounding mental health and wellness, it is equally imperative to shine a light on the issue of workplace harassment. Frequently, we encounter instances where a colleague or a senior member of the organisation is involved in a series of comments or actions towards a worker. These …

Striking Harmony: Promoting Work-Life Balance Through Progressive Workplace Policies and Practices

In the contemporary, fast-paced work environment, the significance of work-life balance has become increasingly recognised. Progressive organisations acknowledge the need to prioritise employee well-being by introducing workplace policies that foster a healthy equilibrium between professional responsibilities and personal pursuits.  This article delves into the importance of work-life balance and explores …

Unlocking the Digital Future: A Deep Dive into India’s Data Center Market

Background and Context In the digital era, India has undergone a profound transformation, especially since 2014 when the government placed a significant emphasis on Digital India. This flagship program aimed to enhance online infrastructure, boost digital literacy, and increase internet penetration. The surge in data consumption and internet bandwidth is …

India’s Global Capability Centers (GCCs): Nurturing Innovation and Driving Growth

Background and Evolution India’s journey as a global outsourcing hub commenced in the 1980s when major multinational corporations, particularly in the information technology sector, recognised the nation’s substantial and competitively priced talent pool. Texas Instruments set the stage by establishing a research and development centre in Bengaluru in 1985, followed …

Driving India’s Electronics Revolution: A Glimpse into the Future

India’s journey in the electronics industry, stretching back to the 1960s with a focus on defence and space technologies, has evolved into a thriving sector encompassing diverse categories. Today, the electronics landscape is marked by significant contributions from Consumer Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Strategic Electronics, and Communication & …

Empowering Excellence: The Significance of Recognising and Rewarding Employees

Employee recognition encompasses the practice of acknowledging and valuing the efforts, accomplishments, and contributions of individuals within an organisation. It entails openly appreciating and commending their work, behaviours, and achievements. Recognising employees serves as a means of expressing gratitude for their dedication and hard work, encouraging them to maintain high …

Compliance with employee Termination and Severance laws

Labour law is a concurrent subject in the Indian Constitution, indicating that regulations governing labour and employment apply at both the federal and state levels. Key federal statutes overseeing the termination of employment include the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act (IESA), 1946, and the Industrial Disputes Act (IDA), 1947, with …

Managing stress at work

Do all your emails require immediate attention? Is there an overwhelming expectation from everyone to accomplish a greater number of tasks within a restricted time frame? Are all Individuals approaching from various directions with immediate demands for your assistance? Are you in a new position where you’re struggling to stay …

Health care benefits a must have for companies

Providing health insurance as part of an employee benefits package is often seen as one of the simplest yet most effective ways to attract and reward talent alongside remuneration. Employee health insurance offers a range of benefits, including increased productivity, boosted morale, and the fostering of a positive company culture. …

Private Limited Companies to issue shares in Demat form

In a recent regulatory update, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has introduced a significant change by making it mandatory for private limited companies to issue shares in dematerialised (demat) form. The primary objective of this amendment is to promote transparency and improve the corporate governance system, preventing malpractices arising …

Ministry of Corporate Affairs Amendment Update

In a significant development, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has introduced new rules to amend the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014. The key highlight of these amendments is the disclosure of beneficial interest in shares of a company. Under the revised rules, the following points shall be noted:  …

Twelve Strategies to Help You Succeed in India

In the ever-evolving landscape of global business, foreign companies frequently seize the opportunity to establish a presence in India through subsidiaries, branch offices, or other entities. While such expansions present unique challenges, they also offer lucrative business opportunities. This report will share invaluable insight from a business perspective and offer …

History of Labour Law Formation

Prior to delving into the origins of Indian Labour Laws, let’s explore the reasons behind their necessity. The history of labour regulations in India dates back to the late 1850s, a time marked by conflict between manufacturing firms and artisans, which spurred the growth of cottage industries in the country. …

Embracing HR Digital Transformation: Revolutionising the Workplace Experience

The rapid advancement of technology has ushered in a profound era of change across various industries, and Human Resources (HR) is no exception. The digital transformation of HR is reshaping the way organisations manage their workforce, optimise processes, and create a more engaging and efficient workplace experience. First, let’s delve …

Capability Centre vs. Delivery Centre: A Strategic Contrast and India’s Advantage

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, organisations necessitate refined structures to effectively harness technological prowess and deliver value to stakeholders. Two pivotal components in this organisational framework are the Technology Capability Centre and the Delivery Centre. Despite their integral roles, they serve distinct functions and operate within distinct domains. This …

Seamless Achieves ‘Great Place to Work’ Certification

Seamless (part of theSannam S4 Group), is thrilled to announce its recent achievement of the ‘Great Place to Work’ certification. This recognition reflects the organisation’s unwavering commitment to fostering a positive, inclusive, and vibrant workplace culture for its employees. The ‘Great Place to Work’ certification is a prestigious accolade that …

India’s Sustainable Evolution: Bridging Green Energy and Manufacturing

Unveiling the Nexus Between Development, Climate Change, and Manufacturing The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India make a bold commitment: to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. However, the path to this target is not without hurdles. Currently falling short …

Recent FCRA Amendment & Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Rules, 2023

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has taken significant steps to enhance transparency in the operations of not for profit entities registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA Act). These changes introduced via Foreign Contribution (Regulation)Amendment Rules, 2023, are effective from 25th September 2023 and focus on detailed …

India’s Moment: Recapping G20

On the weekend of September 9th, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Government hosted their inaugural G20 Summit as first-time presidents of the meeting. Arriving in New Delhi, President Joe Biden and other major world leaders were driven through the nation’s capital to arrive at a new, $300 …

Spotlight on India’s resilient economic growth story

With favourable demographics and an investment boom, India is surging toward fast-paced economic prosperity Authored by:  Kshiti Gala, Head of Global Research and Consulting Practice and Nupur Mohta, Research Analyst Overcoming macroeconomic shocks accelerated due to Covid-19 India has been one of the world’s most resilient economies throughout the Covid-19 …

Labour Law in India: Navigating Change in the Post-Pandemic Era

Labour laws are designed to protect the rights of workers and ensure their safety and welfare in the workplace. In India, the labour laws have undergone several changes in the past 18 months. This article aims to provide an overview of the labour laws in India and highlight the significant …

Salary Increase Trends in India 2023

India has witnessed tremendous economic growth over the past few decades, resulting in the growth of various industries and job opportunities. Along with this, the salary structure in India has also undergone significant changes. With the increase in competition and the rise in the cost of living, salary increments have …

Focus on GIFT City

To set the scene, Gujarat International Finance Tec City, or “GIFT City”, is situated in Gandhinagar, the capital of the State of Gujarat located just outside Gujarat’s largest city, Ahmedabad.  GIFT City is about a thirty-minute drive from the Ahmedabad airport, which is roughly an hour’s flight from Delhi and …

Indonesia sets Minimum Wages To Increase of 10% For 2023

The Indonesian government has recently announced a minimum wage hike of 10% for 2023, providing additional financial stability to those workers subject to the changes. This initiative is part of a larger plan to combat growing inequality in Indonesia and promote sustainable economic growth, long-term poverty reduction, and improved living …

Outsourcing To India? Advantages For Your Business

With the business environment becoming increasingly competitive, it is essential for teams to focus on core activities for success. Due to this, a common way companies are able to reduce their internal burden while often saving money is via outsourcing. Outsourcing allows companies to keep departments running efficiently without having …

Looking to expand into Vietnam? Now’s the time to do it!

Vietnam is primarily an agricultural nation but it’s come a long way, and it is now looked upon as a symbol of a “success story” in terms of its growth and development. From a nation of extreme poverty, it has reached the much-touted status of a middle-economic country. Although the …

Thailand Incentives – What do they mean for you?

The primary governing agency that is responsible for the promotion of business activity from abroad is the BOI, or the Board of Investment, with regard to Thailand. This is a government entity and provides all the incentives which are necessary to start a business from outside the country. The Board …

Is India on The Path to Becoming a Global EV Hub?

Over the past decade, the electric vehicle industry has grown rapidly with EVs becoming increasingly popular and advanced. With a market size of 8,151 thousand units in 2022, estimates assume that the market will reach an astonishing 39,208 units by 2030. With such a rapid rate of expansion, it is …

India GDP- Solid as a rock

India is on a significant growth path in terms of its economy. There is no denying this fact as the Indian population is young, and with technological advances taking over the country by storm, the Indian economy is set to achieve more than ever thought possible. The level of exposure …

UK – Indonesia: Two countries, one solid relationship

When countries establish relations for trade purposes, the world at large sees benefits, apart from the countries involved. With a view to expanding its tentacles for economic growth as diversely as possible, the United Kingdom is actively engaging with regions in the Asia-Pacific area. A key partner involved in this …

Looking to expand? Thailand could be the marketplace for you!

With a focus on promoting investment and upgrading the local economy, Thailand has recently introduced a new set of incentives. These incentives were issued as a follow-up to Thailand’s Five-Year Investment Promotion Strategy and align with their aim of boosting high-tech industries. The incentives, which were released on the 4th …

Singapore GST rate to increase from January 2023

Are you a business owner in Singapore? It’s time to start preparing for the GST rate increase scheduled for January 2023! The government has decided to raise the Goods and Services Tax from 7% to 8% starting next January, which will impact both big and small businesses. This blog post …

All Things Outsourcing

Regardless of which sector or industry that you work within, you will have undoubtedly come across the term ‘outsourcing’. Outsourcing is that little ray of light that can offer an alternative solution to businesses facing challenging times in the respective marketplace. As an alternative solution to any business problem, those …

Indonesia Data Protection Laws – Laws to Take Notice Of

“DP” stands for data protection. Data protection is a significant part of any company’s framework, and any entity’s functioning. Indonesia has such a law, the “Personal Data Protection Law”, resembling the General Data Protection Regulations established by the European Union, or the EU GDPR. The recent law, states in clear …

FTA Updates – India’s Take on Free Trade Contracts in 2023

India has been a hub for outsourcing and manufacturing for a while now. A nation open to trade and commerce with international partners, it has signed free trade agreements with several countries in the past. At regional and bilateral levels, India’s FTAs span a wide spectrum of contracts with countries. …

Mental Health For Remote Employees

While remote working offers a whole host of benefits in terms of employee comfort, there are also some disadvantages. In particular, the sudden shift from physical offices to remote working has caused many individuals to feel stressed or uneasy which can be seen in both their personal and work life. …

Time to Go Back? Conclusion—Should You Shift To Hybrid Working?

Over the past year, many companies have started to incorporate a new style of working which involves a combination of online and physical methods. Specifically, by calling employees into the office for a few days a week, a sort of hybrid working model has been introduced. This model allows employees …

Time to Go Back? Part 2—The Benefits of Remote Working

With the sudden onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many companies were left with inadequate working structures to function online. Without the ability to come to the office, businesses had to gradually shift to online working methods, which has now caused a paradigm shift. As of 2022, more than …

Time to Go Back? Part 1—The Benefits of Physical Offices

While the pandemic may have led to the shift, remote working has become the norm for many companies across the globe. Whether this involves multinational corporations or young startups, working from home has managed to stick around for longer than many expected. Although, over the past year, many companies have …

UGC Draft Guidelines for Foreign Branch Campuses Unveiled

The much-awaited draft rules for establishing and operating campuses overseas in India have been revealed. The University Grants Commission (UGC) issued the Draft Foreign Higher Educational Institutions in India Regulations on 5 January, 2023. As India aims to reach a 50% Gross Enrollment Ratio(GER) from 27.3% currently by 2035 as …

India-Australia ECTA to come into effect December 29, 2022

The India-Australia Economic Cooperation Trade Agreement (ECTA) is set to come into effect on December 29, 2022. This starts in a new age of increased bilateral trade and investment between two countries that are major players in the Indo-Pacific region. The timing could not be better for businesses interested in …

The COP 27 Recap

The 27th Conference of Parties (COP27), saw meetings between hundreds of highly influential people from various parts of the world in Egypt. The focal point of the deliberations was to instill a renewed solidarity to deliver the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The COP27 summit was organised at …

Moonlighting Part 2 – How to Navigate This HR Challenge?

Acknowledging the challenges of ‘Moonlighting’ In our previous blog post, we threw light on employee ‘Moonlighting’ and introduced the importance of making policy changes to deal with this HR challenge. It’s becoming increasingly common for disgruntled employees (44 percent of employed Americans) to switch to side hustle or freelance work …

Not so plastic fantastic

Today when you go home, take a look around. A lot of items being used must be either made out of plastic or contain elements of plastic. Even in the use-and-throw items, the packaging is mostly made out of plastic. Then there’s the menace of the household staple, the carrier …

Sustainable, Resource-Efficient Cities: Future of Urban Development

Sustainable Cities Can Better Handle the Weight and Pressures of Climate Change Poor urban planning in countries worldwide has a major impact on a cities ability to withstand climate change and natural disasters. Globalisation is taking place at an unprecedented rate. A doubled urban population and tripled urbanised land area …

Solutions Day – Going green today for a better tomorrow

On the 17th of November the delegates at COP 27 will all be discussing possible and potential solutions to some of the climate change challenges that the world currently faces. Innovators will gather alongside representatives from governmental and financial institutions, to share experiences and exchange ideas on how best to …

India to lead in “Climate Change” efforts

India a global powerhouse India’s energy needs have been increasing rapidly over the past few decades. According to Government estimates, 1.5 million MW of additional capacity was added to the existing grid between 2000 and 2010 alone, accounting for almost 25 per cent of the country’s total installed capacity. India …

COP27 – Energy Day – Hydrogen Hubs

Perhaps, among the most important days of the COP27summit is Energy Day. Most issues that relate to sustainability are linked with energy. “Green hydrogen” regulations and policies are pondered over and act as a catalyst in the production sources that result in sustainability. Energy Day is important as it marks …

COP 27- Gender Day – Top women in Sustainability

Climate change affects everyone across the world. But it is also true that climate change and food insecurity affects women and girls disproportionately. This is due to a number of reasons. For instance, globally and specifically in marginalised communities women are responsible for acquiring food and fuel for their families. …

GIFT-IFSC Regulations allowing set-up of Campuses and Centers by Foreign Universities and Educational Institutions

Background While presenting the Union Budget for FY (Financial Year) 2022-23, the Hon’ble Finance Minister proposed to allow the entry of world-class foreign universities and institutions in GIFT-IFSC (‘Gujarat International Finance Tec-City – International Financial Services Center), to offer courses in subjects connected to financial management, fintech, science, technology, engineering, …

The importance of Gender Day at COP 27

Each year, the Conference of Parties or COP as it is commonly known, is held in a different part of the world and has a new theme respectively attached to it. This year, COP27 is set to be held in Egypt, in the city of Sharm El Sheikh. COP27 will …

Gender Day – Female Representation in Climate is the Need of the Hour

In the negotiations at last year’s COP in Glasgow, the previous president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, described male participation in the global climate negotiations aptly. She stated the male dominance as being too “…pale and stale’”. In this year’s COP27, five hundred global leaders have echoed the call for a …

Agriculture can use technology to become climate resilient. But how?

Agriculture meets our most basic need of hunger and employs millions across the world. Any threat to this would snowball into a bigger, global crisis. Climate change poses a huge threat to agriculture and its associated processes. The majority of countries in the developing world survive mainly through agriculture. The …

Decarbonisation Day – Greenhouse gasses have got to go!

Companies and large enterprises are responsible for creating the characteristic “carbon footprint” that is a subject of much pessimism in the arena of environmental sustainability. Nonetheless, since the time of the Paris Agreement, to COP27, several companies belonging to energy-centric sectors have adopted policies to start to decrease their carbon …

Finance Day – The colour of money

The green finance market has been growing rapidly, and it’s expected to be worth $2.36 trillion by 2023. Green finance simply means any targeted financial efforts that have sustainability as a major goal. Sustainable Development Goals are a priority that benefits everyone. One way to help bring these goals to …

COP27 – Science Day – Healthcare Industry: A Climate Change Criminal Or Victim?

The healthcare industry is currently facing unprecedented pressures with post COVID-19 financial ramifications, inflation and global labor shortages. At the same time, the need for a robust, equitable and resistant healthcare system has never been higher. Post pandemic, there have been several transformative changes and innovation breakthroughs in the healthcare …

COP27 – Decarbonisation Day – Food and Fertiliser

Forging ahead with any and all ways to decarbonise the environment is on everyone’s mind. This is an urgent aim for individuals, companies, industries, forums and global summits like COP27. If the world could decarbonise in a day, all our environmental problems would practically be over. As lovely as this …

COP27: Green Energy its benefits on employment

We have been repeatedly told that “The future is in your hands’ when it comes to climate change, this note of caution has been passed from generation to generation but with climate change and its impacts ringing loudly in our ears the statement becomes more poignant than ever. Tackling climate …

COP27 – Science Day: Watch and wait

The climate summit is officially on! With stakeholders from all walks of life, scientists may make contributions that hold the keys to the protection of Mother Earth at this year’s COP 27 summit. Countries have pledged to do their bit, both large and small, but unfortunately, these promises have not …

COP27 Science Day – Green Windows

The path to a sustainable future, especially in developing nations, starts with sustainable technology. Even more important than this crucial fact is that emerging nations are riddled with a number of issues that defeat sustainability in general. These include over population and pollution among others. A lack of education and …

Climate Change, finance and everything in between

Climate change is slowly but surely eating into the future of our world. Much has been said about how the Earth will be hotter, yet there would be more floods. It threatens agriculture, leaving millions across the globe vulnerable and susceptible to hunger. If things carry on as they are …