Pragya Shrimali, HR Partner and Talent Management Lead
I joined Philips back in December 2010, so I've been here for over 8 years now. To me, Philips is an integral part of my life and not just a job. It coincides with my personal belief of bringing people from different walks of life together and when an organization and its employees grow, I grow with them.
Building Relations, Connecting People
An important reason why I decided to join Philips was because it values relationships, which is an important aspect of my life. When I was being interviewed, I was told that Philips understood that the only way to increase value of the organization is by investing in people. And that is a great platform for someone in HR to contribute.
For me, building relationships is important. I tend to reach out to people without hesitation to learn something new every day. I consider myself a “connector” as well, in the sense that if I meet someone whom I think would benefit from networking with someone else, I like to bring them together. I have gotten to work in cross-functional teams for projects, connecting with people beyond this campus and market, and I've gotten to experience different working styles and learnt to adapt to them.
Philips promotes freedom of collaborating with anyone regardless of their role, group, grade or even geographic location. To me that’s inclusion and diversity in action.
Managing Change in an Innovative Organization
Philips is all about innovation and this is a huge part of our culture here. In an organization that goes through change so often, employees look to HR to help them through that. Each HR Partner spends time extensively with people leaders to help them build empathy and capabilities to lead change.
For example, when Philips moved to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), there was uncertainty about performance measures and career progressions. The line between jobs became more blurred and performance evaluations were more team-based and iterative rather than individual and annual. To ease the transitions, now we have brought transparency in the way jobs are defined and we created a “guidebook” to clarify that employees have the freedom to adapt the structure to their own work and teams. Our career conversations are about finding individual career lattice rather than a standard career ladder.
Working in a Small Team
We are a small team of HR Partners and HR in Philips is becoming more digital and diversified. We put a lot of effort in building the true ‘one HR’ team because we are well aware that when the organization wants to be more Digital and Solution focused, we need to work together to find out what it means for us and for leaders we work with. So, we are in this exploration together and it’s exciting to say the least!
We in HR are incredibly close-knit and are more friends than colleagues. Individually, we all play different roles to support each other. For instance, since I have been here the longest, the rest rely on me for historical data or for when they have to handle situations they have never faced before. When one member tends to be more analytical, others offer the perspective from outside the company… it's a great dynamic.
Similar to how other established MNCs are handling HR, managers here are encouraged to not just be authoritative figures, but to also provide the necessary guidance and act as counsellors when needed. It's a development to create self-sufficient employees and open the HR roles to more initiatives.
Opportunities to Make a Difference
If you ask for something at Philips, more often than not, your request will be granted. The key is to speak up and ask. It was a pleasant surprise when I landed the role of Training Manager of Philips Innovation Campus because I had no prior experience in Learning & Development. Also, what made it amazing was to work on a project focused on brining Philips behaviors to life. My team organized activity-based learning sessions to create a common language around Philips behaviors in a more interactive way, and the project won us an award! A few months after that, when Philips CEO and HR Head came to visit this campus, the head of Philips Innovation Campus introduced me to them. I never expected that I’ll get that exposure, but what made my head spin was them remembering that we were awarded for that particular initiative! Where else would you get such an opportunity?
Building a Life-long Career
Philips has evolved into a Health Technology organization and has become a benchmark for others to follow.
This transformation has provided many opportunities to work beyond your own scope, and in so many different divisions and locations. I would say that Philips is a great place to grow your career.
It can be difficult at the start because it's such a fluid and large company, kind of like the ocean. However, once you find your anchor – that connection between Philip's purpose as an organization and your own beliefs – then it really is a place you could stay at for decades and progress happily each day you come to work.
Originally posted here.
Philips is a world leading health technology company with a vision to make life better for people worldwide through meaningful innovation. Making good on this promise depends on our inclusive, passionate, inspirational, collaborative and diverse team.