Reshma Ramachandran, Group Sr VP and Head of Transformation, The Adecco Group

Reshma Ramachandran, Group Sr VP and Head of Transformation, The Adecco Group

Reshma Ramachandran, Group Sr VP and Head of Transformation, The Adecco Group

Reshma is currently Group Senior Vice President & Head of Transformation for The Adecco Group and is based at their headquarters in Zurich.

Podcast

Overview

Companies use search firms to find suitable candidates. Reshma Ramachandran is the senior vice president and Head of Transformation of the Adecco Group, which is the world’s second-largest human resources company. Reshma explains how Adecco operates and discusses the parameters that determine whether someone gets hired or not.

Tune in to listen to this interesting conversation about HR services, the evolution of skills set, the impact of Covid, and a lot more. 

About Reshma Ramachandran

Reshma is the group senior Vice President and the Head of Transformation of the Adecco Group which is the world’s second-largest human resources provider. She has been recognized, awarded and felicitated globally. 

Discussion

What work do you do in The Adecco Group?

The Adecco Group is a brand that caters to the different segments of the talent pool and creates employability for them. It also takes care of its customers by doing the talent seeking process for them. In other words, The Adecco Group is a complete provider of HR services. Reshma helps in implementing the strategy and the Adecco Group aims to disrupt the staffing industry. 

Why has the business of finding individuals transitioned over the years?

Reshma says that there’s the problem of talent scarcity faced when hiring as a result of the continuous and fast evolution of skill set requirements. And she believes search firms will help solve this dilemma. 

What’s your perspective on organisations using artificial intelligence to search people for jobs?

According to Reshma, the fundamental difference between using AI to find the right individuals and search firms is in terms of what skills are you able to predict for the future and being able to identify the talent that fits into those skills. 

At what stage of one’s career can someone expect to get a call from search firms like yours?

Reshma believes that if an individual with skills is put on the market, he will be headhunted despite his age. 

“It’s the skills that make the difference, definitely not the age, not the hierarchy in the organisation, not the titles”

How are the Great Resignation and the work from home affecting the process of human resources?

The effect of great resignation was that it made people question their careers and helped them step out of their comfort zone. The work from home showed the possibility of a work-life balance and this influenced people’s career choices. The challenge with respect to the HR function that has arisen with this is creating the employee experience in a way that they feel engaged and contribute meaningfully and productively to the organisation. 

Profile

Reshma is currently Group Senior Vice President & Head of Transformation for The Adecco Group and is based at their headquarters in Zurich. She is an Innovative leader with 20 years’ experience working in multi-cultural teams and geographies including the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia. She brings a wealth of experience in digital & business transformation, where, in her last role she managed a business operating at a massive scale and helped steer the transformation of a large business. Reshma coaches and mentors several young women in universities that encouraged them to opt for STEM careers and minority ethnic groups to help them advance in their careers. As an advocate for women in STEM, Reshma actively champions the business benefits of employing an effective inclusion strategy and has been a voice of change both inside and outside of the organization.   

Awards & Recognitions

  1. Top 100 thought leaders and influencers in digital transformation featured by Awards Magazine 
  2. Featured in 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2021 by Involve Organization supported by Yahoo Finance
  3. Real People Engagement Award Winner 2020, Switzerland
  4. Featured in Forbes DACH for Leadership in Innovation, July 2020
  5. Gold Award for mentoring, Women World Awards 2020
  6. Finalist, Agent of Change – Global Women in Telco & Tech 2020 )
  7. Finalist Trailblazer Award by Microsoft 
  8. Featured in 100 Female Executives 2020 for Leading by Example by Involve Organization supported by Yahoo Finance

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