Is Human Lacking in Human Resources?

Duties of the human resource department so far remain as traditional. The traditional definition by virtue of principles of Human Resources is “To attract, select, develop and retain” suggests the duties as mentioned. But are those the only duties -Job Roles- of HRM (Human Resource Management) department? Certainly not. The world of the 21st century is dynamic and diverse. The literacy is turning to Knowledge currency and humans are learning quicker than machines. How surprising it is that we are demanding human resource in a country which has a literacy rate of 56% reportedly and whose residents reach to university level account about 5-6% and those who finish to masters are hardly 4%. So is it that we are lacking humans in human resource? And if so then what we are placing as Human Resource is either a fallacy or a foe? So what is the real purpose and definition of HRM in an emergent or developing country? This poses a strong argument against how shall modern HR be viewed? What shall contribute to the modern definitions and practices of HRM according to psychographics of countries? Evolution of Human Capital Management is the only constant for upcoming centuries but what is the predictor of it? Education? Experience? Empathy? As said,

“Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.”

Andrew Carnegie.

As discussed, following are some presumptive clauses proposed by ‘Training weekly, the source for professional development in “8 Golden Principles of Human Resources” by Professor M.S.Rao. PhD:

Principle No. 1: Recruitment to Retirement

So what does this new principle by the scholar says? The new full cycle duties of HR range from manpower planning, selection, training and development, placement, wage and salary administration, promotion, transfer, separation, performance appraisal, grievance handling, welfare administration, job evaluation and merit rating, and exit interview. To brief it commence all the duties which a mother of a household is supposed to do. But the question is, Mothers of 21st century are changing and so the duties of mothers. Hence, HR majorly in 21st century will play the role of Strategic mother which aligns and synchronizes all departments and its employees throughout the employee tenure in the company. Hence, HR should be a specialized department and not an overall jack with no mastery.

Principle No. 2: People (Men) behind the machine count.

It is to be understood that machines are servant to people. The psychological, motor and affective behaviors are found in humans and not machines. Subsequently, it is evident to keep human a priority and not machines.

Elbert Hubbard rightly remarked, “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.”

Principle No. 3: Hire for attitude, recruit for skills.

A wise man said, “Attitude and not aptitude determines the altitude”. Therefore, whenever looking for the right fit hire attitude over skills. Because if the person has the right attitude it can determine the capabilities, capacities and abilities required to get the job done. A fresher over an experienced candidate is preferable if he possesses the right,, attitude.

Principle No. 4: Appreciate attitude but respect intelligence.

There has always been a selection war between intelligence and attitude. Which one to choose? Always choose attitude over intelligence because with the right attitude, intelligence can be acquired or sometimes beaten.

Principle No. 5 Hire slow, Fire Fast.

Nothing worth comes easy. The recruitment process must be detailed and timely. Timely does not mean quick. The process must take its due time. The timelines for each recruitment condition must be placed well. Certainly there arise a question, ‘How timelines for different recruitment can be same? Also is there any standard way for recruitment cycle for different management levels? Conclusively, across industry different organizations play around the levels of management, each organization needs to have recruitment cycle according to their own business model and needs. Alignment and synchronization with business culture and acumen gets the roadmap to success. One bad fish can malic the waters, if HR identifies a bad fish in the waters it needs to immediately deploy or reconsider its choice. Many short term measures can be taken in order to identify and move the bad fish out of the waters.

Principle No. 6: (Favourite One) Shed Complexity Wed simplicity.

People today prefer to work in flat organizations rather than tall ones. Tall organizations often have hierarchies with a bureaucratic mindset that doesn’t work in the present context. Generation Yers are happy to work with partners rather than with bosses. So shed complexity and wed simplicity to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness. Writing with a personal experience, flat organizations tend to benefit more on well-being of employees. No dog eats dog culture is found in flat organizations also none is a slave or a master. Everyone, therefore, is a help extender and not an order placer.

Principle No. 7: HR Leaders are King and Queen Makers.

This shall be well understood by how the article itself proclaims, it says: “Presently, there is an impression globally that HR leaders are king and queen makers. They cannot become kings and queens. They are perceived as people who become ladders for others to climb to higher positions. It is due to the roles and responsibilities they undertake. HR leaders are masters of their trades, not jacks of other trades. They know everything about HR, but they don’t necessarily know much about other aspects in the organization. CEOs are masters in their own domains and jacks of other domains. They are masters in their areas and know something about others areas. Thus, HR leaders must acquire knowledge about other areas and acquire technical and business acumen to become kings and queens—the chief executives.”

Principle No. 8: (Profound and sustaining); ‘to serve is to lead and live’.

As stated by scholar, Mahatma Gandhi once remarked, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” HR leaders must serve people with pleasure without any pressure. They must become torchbearers of human capital and knowledge. They must learn, unlearn, and relearn to stay relevant.

To end well the definition for HRM or HCM will keep evolving, these aforementioned must be valid for a period of time and must change with new leaders. The principles evolve with the time frame. Time is money and nature of money such as currency is evolving with the knowledge and wisdom. Humans are forever even if money fades away humans won’t. Thus to take care of the humans we need is the responsibility of institutions, companies, industry tycoons and employer agencies.


ALLAMA IQBAL (NOVEMBER 9, 1877 – APRIL 21, 1938) Baal-e-Jibrael

Allama Muhammad Iqbal, a doctor of philosophy in Solar Sciences died before his age of death but lived beyond ages through his words of wisdom. Allama Iqbal was influenced by very few scholars of all genre. The scholar who tops the list of Iqbal’s favourite is Maulana Rumi. The second soul fathers of Iqbal were Bayazid Bastami and Syed Hassan Mir scholars of Islam and mysticism. The western names are also popular amongst the influencers of Iqbal such as; Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Thomas Walker Armold, Henri Bergson. These names as mentioned are people who either taught or knew Islam in one way or the other. Hence, with their findings and understanding about God, Iqbal was influenced about laws of nature and God running through the universe in forms of soul, non-physical and sense physically. Therefore, this article is aimed to highlight and explain some of the poetic verses from Baal-e-Jibrail which play around soul and sense.

Some of the popular quotes from Iqbal’sinfluences are as below:

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”
– Henri Bergson

~ Here Henri claims man to be a man of action-sense while he is a thinking soul; a sense of soul. But in the latter part of the sentence, he warns man to be tactful – sense while he is thinking-soul

One of my favourites from Henri is:

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating one self endlessly.”

Thomas Arnold wrote a book on Al-Dawat-ul-Islami, a great Historian of Islamic art, British Orientalist, taught at Muhammad Anglo-Oriental College.

About Bal-e-Jibreel

Refocusing the article to Bal-e-Jibreel, it is said Iqbal wrote Bal-e-Jibreel, not at one single place. Instead, it was written when he was travelling through Italy, Palestine, France, Spain and Afghanistan. Bal-e-Jibreel consists of ghazals, poems, quatrains, epigrams and intellectual belief of one (mysticism).

The work of Iqbal contains 15 Ghazals addressed to God and 61 Ghazals and 22 Quatrains addressed to Ego (Khudi), Loving, Faith, Knowledge, Intellect and Freedom, all of these variables giving meaning to sense and soul.

The author of the article is inspired to shed light on areas which interest her very being of sense and soul. These certain poetic verses have a magnificent elaboration of sense and Soul. Sense by Iqbal is defined as, “form or physical appearance,” scientifically anything which could be felt from 5 senses. While soul by Iqbal is a magnificent Concept which he, in his lifetime was unable to fully comprehend. The soul is a mystic presence of any physical being. Iqbal in the following verses.

English Translation:

“Will you not be mine? Be NOT mine,but be your Own Right.”

The significance of the soul is found not overtly but covertly. It is not when you look into rather when you reflect upon yourself you find the meaning and sense of soul. When you reflect you either Reinforce or reduce certain attributes which you may find right or wrong respectively. Hence, the soul is the compass of body which sets the direction for a being to decide where to go and choose ways to reach it. Subsequently, when we look back in time, Rene’ Descartes a philosopher and scientists in physics foundation of the 1600s kept a motto of, “I think therefore I am” until he found the meaning of life after 15 years of his work about universe, later he modified the motto and claimed, “ I regard with compassion Therefore I am”. The journey from think to regard with compassion is long and difficult but once an individual reflects upon himself on the journey he finds the true meaning of soul and humanity.

Mann ki duniya! mann ki duniya souz o masti, jazab o shouq

Tann ki duniya! tann ki duniya sood o soda, maker o fann

English Translation:

“World of soul—the world of fire and ecstasy and longing:

World of sense—the world of gain that fraud and cunning blight; urdu blog.”

Line 1: The universe of soul is non-existent but existential in some mystic form. All that is physical has a soul- a presence which cannot be touched but makes it felt, incomprehensible yet identifiable. The world of soul is covert, deep and inside out, preaching the curiosity, to find out why, how and what makes oneself unite with supreme. With this unison one becomes a craving fire, sometimes the fire becomes blue when it reaches its ultimate form (physical) but that is not its end. The universe of soul is vast and deep so with a new aim the fire is kindled red. This process of liberation is continuous and progressive until the physical form breathes Inna-al-Haq. No physical form can meet the level of the soul’s mysticism in his human architect. Hence, to meet this universe, ones soul is released from body in the experience of parallel universe and returns to the form lightening the human form to a better version. So the longing is the longing of body for the lost soul and soul longs for the ultimate substance which enlightens and awakens its core form. Now the soul reaches the stage of ecstasy where it rejoices the form it has reached. This fire burns ego, hatred, rationale, logic to ashes and liberates the soul to achieve its highest form.

Pragmatically, the world is not linear, it is not a straight line. It is rather a spiral of many straight lines whose one end is the beginning of another. Simultaneously, when a soul is liberated from one shell of energy it is prepared to enter a new shell of experience. And that’s how, in the journey of uncertainty the soul travels with faith, love, knowledge, intellect and freedom. In this journey of soul one is free from the desires of making allies other than its own source which makes him sufficient to face what has to come. “Sufficiency is not having all that you may need, sufficiency is being content in what you have, and using that to reach where you want.”

Treasure of the soul once won is never lost again:

Treasure gold, a shadow—wealth soon comes and soon takes flight.

Line 1: The wealth of covert world is wisdom, faith, love & freedom. When this wealth is achieved it is forever. People can take away worldly gains but no one can take ones knowledge, courage, freedom to think and persistence to make things happen. It is in soul’s power to make impossible happen when it connects to the mystic form of energy. This way its capability of resilience and ability to create is transformed to a higher level, resulting souls to travel like electrons or energy. Just like energy is neither created nor destroyed it only changes its form so is with the soul; the phenomenon makes the life of soul forever and the wealth which it shared with the universe is passed on to thousands of generations. The ownership of money is transferred but the ownership of knowledge isn’t.

Line2:  Gold, money they all fade with the demand of time. The value of money is deteriorated with time. There is a fluctuation in the value of gold always. But the universe of the soul has a value which never declines. Einstein rightly said, “Be a man of value not a man of success.” Success is temporary, it comes and goes, the metrics of success change with time but value, value stands upright generations after generations, tested and verified. They only enrich and never depreciate.

Heart, as the religion of heart and soul, is love. It is difficult to divide humanity on beliefs. More than the differences what humans majorly share are similarities. How insane it is to divide human based on their differences instead of uniting them on the basis of how alike they appear. It is the picture of the heart that must reflect human similarities with each other: other than overt differences of cast, colour, creed, ethnicity and religion. All religions teach faith, love, freedom, humanity and brotherhood. It takes compassion and connection of the soul to understand the universe of unity. The congregation of the soul has never learned about divide and rule policy. This world does not believe in ownership of insignificants, it knows everything belongs to one higher form which none has seen. He is the only source, all else are medium. All seek from one all are provided by one. The ultimate energy (God) reads the blueprint of the soul and decides for His people, therefore, he overlooks the actions (physical stimulus) if the intentions (metaphysical stimuli) are pure. His dashboard of energy is struck by the wavelength of the internal world and if the energies of the internal world are greatly positive as a summation, the negative impacts of actions are subtracted. In the end, irrespective of worldly division He unites with all. The senses can be divided but the souls are all alike which unite with the source of energy, the energy only divides with choice of direction towards or away the source.

The sense of the soul is lost if the soul strives to seek from the sense or soul of the medium (human form) instead of the one who created it- the source. In this way the soul is trapped by the sense of the other human being and cannot be liberated. The human being loses the ownership of his soul and sense with in the process of supplication to human instead of God.

This article is a very tiny effort in the wisdom of Iqbal.


 “Chances favor only the prepared minds” said  Louis Pastuer

            Back in 2015, SZABIST organised a first ever professionally successful career fair in Hyderabad. A two days event , held on 25th & 26th of April at BBQ Tonight & Pearl Banquet, respectively. The first day covered several informative sessions by professionals from different multinational organizations & well known speakers. The second day was the actual career fair which had been organized to conduct on spot interviews. Resultantly, the potential candidates got internship & job calls from different companies. The organizing team of students & the employers made it a successful event by their hard work & dedication. It was a successful & memorable career fair In Hyderabad just as the name reflects.

            This November, SZABIST is again providing a platform for job seekers & final year students where they can reshape their future; SZABIST Career Fair 2016. Fasten yourselves, as this time more prospective multinationals such as Coca-Cola & traditionally leading companies like Trade Key , Haleeb Foods are going to sort the talent of Hyderabad. Orix Leasing Pakistan Limited, a Japan based leasing company completing its 25 years of success is joining hands with team Career Fair. Zong – A promising network of Pakistan & a face of tomorrow is looking for the real talent to take the company to the next level. PTCL – A local, long distance, private sector, based in Pakistan, a partner with IBM that provides cloud services across Pakistan. Soneri Bank, one of the fastest midsize growing bank in Pakistan,  Meezan Bank – Pakistan’s 1st ever successful Islamic Bank carrying crystal clear financial activities, Pak-Qatar Takaful a renowned Shariah based insurance company, JS Global – a faster trading & leading investment bank in the Middle East, Bank Al-Habib on completion of silver jubilee in 2016 is offering positions for graduate trainee officers. Arino – A project of Fateh Group which is a total men shoe company with its largest delivery in Pakistan. Unique – D.S Motors, the 4th highest selling motorcycle company in Pakistan. Software companies working globally are joining hands which includes, CodeX – a silicon valley based software house which trains & targets the youth for excellent command on technology having programming skills. Smartwares – A Geneva based company, which has a turnover for more than 10 millions, promises to solve problems of ICT via consultant & engineering expertise by developing softwares for various businesses is now seeking talent from Hyderabad to work on a larger scale. Base Camp Data Solutions is an ongoing & growing smart system-design developer company of Pakistan. Last but not the least Verge Systems, based on SaaS, software as a Service has offices in UAE, US, Canada, Australia & Pakistan is a software development & web designing company that has an edge on all system development activities. Hence, is looking for the youth of Hyderabad. TCS Express & Logistics, a company that  delivers to 225 countries globally, Oxford University Press – a department of Oxford University which excels in research & academic publishments worldwide is looking forward to see if Hyderabad has got the similar talent to be praised. NGOs such as Research & Development Foundation of Pakistan (RDF) is a project to overcome poverty & increase economic activity in rural areas by bringing awareness. Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) – A project to revitalize & re-establish the quality of education in Sindh are seeking empowerment from Hyderabad. DevCon – An association for rural development & a platform founded by young professionals in 1997 which is now a sectorial organization in Sindh.

A total of 22 companies are adjoining on one platform to recruit talent & reshape the tomorrow.

            Hence, SZABIST Career Fair team with a habit of ‘do more & deliver better’, invites candidates from all over Hyderabad to come & ‘discover themselves’. Join hands with the companies, get interviewed & become the future of tomorrow. The event will be held on 26th of November 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Pearl Banquet. The entry passes cost is Rs.250/= & are available with all the organizing team members of this event which is class BBA-8, Event Management students of SZABIST Hyderabad. Professional dressing will be highly appreciated. Explore employment options, connect with prospective employers & achieve your career goals with “SZABIST Career Fair 2016.”