Recruitment Story: Sleeping, Smelling, Dreaming Generators

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Some of us would be familiar with our parents and grandparents telling us stories about the struggles they had to go through when they were younger. Anecdotes about walking long distances to go to school, when all we have to worry about now is whether we will be able to catch the bus on time. About how one had to actually spend hours in the library to look for one tiny snippet of information, when all we have to do is one Google search.

Looking at these incidents with humour is all very well, but the thing is, all of this is true. We have to admit that our parents and grandparents did some pioneering acts which might daunt us if we think about it now.

Here we present one such story about our initial years.

Flashback to almost thirty years back. The India we know today was different then. The world as we know now was different then.

There was a requirement of an “Operator” for an 11,000 kva, 40 feet tall generator at a Textile mill in Nigeria.

The only brief given was the person should:

“Sleep with Generator

Smell of Generator and

Dream Generator.”


This was no era of KRAs.

This was no era of specifications of degrees or specialisations.

This was no era of interconnected email networks which now ensure that there is an almost instant spotting and filtering of potential candidates. Headhunting was the only way.

Add to the mix, although generators were a norm in industries in India as well as Nigeria and electricity not as widespread as it is now, a machine this big was still a rarity.

How would one cope with a “Brief” like this in the present day?

It was the brief where we had to understand that there was a need of someone who knew all about dismantling and assembling generators like the back of his hand.

They needed someone who could work hands on with a generator. Or more specifically work hands on with an 11,000 kva, 40 feet tall generator.

We found the perfect candidate for this position. Yes, with no KRAs and just this brief. Yes, in that era.

This was all done, under the able guidance of our CEO, Dr.O.P Pahuja, who is a hands on Engineer himself. This tells us so much about his visionary nature.

Dr. O P Pahuja
Dr. O P Pahuja

This recruitment story is of the time when industriousness, problem-solving skills, perseverance, awareness, risk-taking, courage were the qualities that were necessities. They were needed to thrive and keep companies running successfully.

This recruitment story is a testimonial to the pioneering and industrious nature of Team United HR. It aligns perfectly with one of our mission statements: “Putting right People in Right Places”


Recruitment And Selection Strategies For The Modern Workforce

To become an industry leader, you should be the first person to use innovative strategies. When your motive is to attract the best talent available in the market, the selection and recruitment methods should also be the latest. Progressive and prospering companies always hire the brightest people.

You always wondered about the proficient and brilliant workforce getting attracted to a handful of big organizations. Do they follow some special methods? Well, the answer could be a ‘yes’ and ‘no’. Their HR team spends a great time in scrutinizing at the right resources and follows some unique methods while recruiting them.

Are you searching for the best ways to find the best people? Let us get you on the right track?


Face the change

First of all, you need to face the reality that the selection and recruitment approach are undergoing a transformation and that to with an incredible pace. The speed is further aggravated by the fast pace of technical advancements. Also, companies are changing the strategic outlook pretty fast. No wonder, you have to be always on the toes to tune the selection and recruitment method. Everyone who is involved in the process of picking the right workforce should understand what the need of the hour is. The efforts should be unidirectional to achieve fabulous results.

Networking of talent has been a fruitful idea

In the modern era of Information Technology, you should not leave a single chance of exploring its benefit to the organization. When you strive hard to pick the efficient talent, always use the ‘talent network’ concept. If you look at the strategies being followed by the leading companies who can grab the best people, then the talent network is always there on the list. It is quite handy and useful in communicating career opportunities and promoting the brand. The contents are dynamic, and they can be tailored to the needs of each candidate. It gives immense flexibility and ease of use.

ATS is the buzzword today

As mentioned earlier, there is no escape to the use of technology in the modern times. It becomes an integral part of the selection process. Application Tracking System or ATS is the fastest emerging trend today. The software modules manage end-to-end process of recruitment, monitor the advertizing campaigns and create an ultimate candidate experience. ATS is the one-point contact for posting job openings. It also manages the task of tracking applications, ranking the resume or filling in job application forms. There are further advanced systems available nowadays that perform the tasks of pre-screening questions and responses as well. To manage vernacular candidates, some software offers multilingual capabilities as well.

Step into the world of mobile recruitment

Surveys indicate that candidates give preference to the mobile devices for accessing the Internet for job search. Since these handheld devices are convenient and available round-the-clock, the task becomes pretty easy. They give the ultimate liberty of accessing the recruitment portal from anywhere and anytime.

When the candidates go mobile, how can you be a laggard in adapting the new-age methods? Start using a recruitment software which is mobile-friendly. Believe it; the mobile version will become more popular than the conventional version. Mobile versions can be used successfully to post the new openings and share them on the social media.


Leverage the social media

In today’s scenario, you can’t ignore the social media. Rather, look at it as the new opportunity of searching the best available resources in the competitive market. As the new-age platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn already become prominent amongst the people who are net-savvy, you don’t need to put extra efforts to leverage it for talent search. These websites are the best source of information to the prospective resources.

You get special analytic module and tools that help in the recruitment process. The tools improve the way you search good candidates. When competitors have started using it, you need to hurry up to catch them fast!

If you need the talent that is really worth, then seek the passive candidates!

Yes, recruitment masters vouch for it. You get to know about active job seekers when you search for resources. However, there is a large chunk of passive candidates who are open to new offers but not actively seeking the job. According to experts, the social media platform is the right place to do it. Today, even the leading recruitment firms are also giving emphasis to the passive candidates. It is the right time to take advantage of this channel.

Talent analytics is the new-age trend

See, people want to get rid of the conventional recruitment methods that are based on personal judgment and intuition. They want to be more systematic and methodical. No wonder, the use of talent analytics increases year after year. HR managers want to get the ability of processing data into information that brings a great intelligence of recruiting. Nowadays, recruiting leaders want to know about the new and improved ways of getting their arms around data so that they can develop the insight about resources of tomorrow. When the world is changing fast, you should maintain the pace to remain in the race.

Integrate HR Technologies

If you ask recruitment specialists about the aspect that every HR manager should be proficient into, then the unanimous answer is the integration of HR Technologies. Cross-platform expansion and consolidation of technology are the buzzwords. As clients prefer a single platform for human resource management, tracking of applications, and interviewing the candidate; a bundled solution is always preferred. Since there is a demand for integrated HR solution, vendors are working on the job of converting their existing products accordingly. Even the traditional talent management software modules are also enhancing and expanding to accommodate the demand for an integrated solution.


Amongst the responsibilities of the HR team, recruitment and selection are at the top. As the market becomes more dynamic and competition becomes fierce, you need the best talent to cope up with it. Leave aside the conventional methods and start using modern tools and procedures to attract the best talent. The strategies mentioned earlier in the article will make the journey smooth and fruitful.

United HR Solutions Celebrates 30th Anniversary At AMA, Ahmedabad

Completing thirty glorious years in the field of HR Consultancy and Recruitment is a prideful moment indeed. United HR Solutions Pvt Ltd had this privilege recently. The company has traveled a long journey in the past three decades. Under the competent leadership of Dr. O.P. Pahuja, founder of UHR; the company has a bright and impressive track record. Today, it serves 750+ clients spread across the world by providing the best and profound consultancy service.

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UHR organized an event recently to commemorate the 30th anniversary which was held in Ahmedabad Management Association, a prominent educational institute in Ahmedabad. It was a treat for all the delegates and representatives.

COO Underlined The Differentiating Aspects of UHR

COO of United HR Solutions, Mrs. Nisha Kapoor who conceptualized and hosted the whole program, started the ball rolling by delivering the inauguration speech. She introduced the pillars of the organization to the delegates and guest speakers. Those who are responsible for the phenomenal success of UHR got the recognition.

It was very much interesting to know that the journey started with only one employee onboard. The first assignment was completed by the team beyond the expectations and the client was more than happy. Now, the tiny sapling has transformed into a huge tree. With a global footprint, it is a big company today. It is impossible to achieve such a superb success without the support of team members, clients and business associates.

Happines at work


COO of United HR Solutions expressed the feeling of gratitude towards everyone, clients, business partners and associates who made it possible. According to her, the success of an organization is the cumulative effect of everyone in the team; from the front desk executive to the CEO. When everyone contributes to the organization wholeheartedly, it establishes new benchmarks of productivity and progress.

After this, guest speakers were invited to share their valuable thoughts, impressive ideas, and core business knowledge. For the employees of UHR, delegates, guests, and media, it was an informative, useful and engaging experience.

The graceful presence of Mr Parag Desai (Director, Wagh Bakri Group), and Mr Mahendra Patel (Owner, 70 Deg East Restaurant) marked the occasion. The esteemed guests shared their views about entrepreneurship and importance of recruitment in the profitability of the organization.

Happiness@Work; The Central Idea

The whole program was focused on the fundamental aspect responsible for productivity and performance. Happiness at work was discussed by renowned guest speakers. Different facets were revealed during the sessions. However, all of them emphasized that only happy employees can give their head and heart to the organization. The role of HR Department was also discussed during the sessions. In the modern context, it is important that HR Department is not limited to Human Resources, but it has become pivotal in bringing happiness to the employees.

According to Dr D M Pestonjee (Retired Professor of IIM Ahmedabad, 3H are incredibly important for employee happiness, i.e. Head, Hand, and Heart. The concept was further improvised by Mrs Meena Kapoor by adding another H; Human touch. All these efforts lead to the 5th H that is called Happiness. It is needless to say that the discussions and lectures added several new dimensions to the thinking process of budding HR managers, professionals and others who attended the program.

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Impact Of ‘Happiness@Work’ Program On The Success

In an important session, Dr Yogesh Pahuja, Founder of Happiness Studio talked about the research program conducted on the subject of ‘Happiness at the Workplace’. It is one of its kinds in the niche of HR Research.

Dr Yogesh is an authority in the field of HR research. He is not only an HR Expert but a renowned author of the book “Are you happy@work?”

In the informative session, he explained the salient features of the research program. The program focuses on 164 parameters that are responsible for the core happiness of the employee. These parameters are classified into three major areas; Individual, Organizational, and family or social. Since all of these three put an equal effect on the happiness in toto, it is furthermore important that the HR managers start thinking beyond their scope.

Happiness Studio helps HR managers and senior management teams of the client in establishing a thorough understanding of all these aspects. It is committed to building happy teams that perform brilliantly and take the organization to new levels of success.

‘Happiness@work’ isn’t just a theoretical concept, but it is a practical and useful concept which has been successfully implemented in several organizations so far. One of such clients is Mr Sujay Ojha, who explained his exciting journey so far. He discussed the improvements happened in the performance by an interactive presentation. It was pretty exciting to know about the phenomenal difference in the productivity and employee happiness when Neem India implemented the concepts of ‘Happiness @ work’.