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“Walking the line between Work and Life” by Mr. Satheesh K V, Senior Director, Human Resources at Flipkart

Fourth Institute Seminar 2017-19

The guest for the Fourth Institute Seminar at the Institute of Management, Nirma University was Mr. Satheesh K V. He has more than 13 years of experience as a HR Professional and has worked with various companies like AOL, Perot Systems, Philips and Intel. Currently, he is working with Flipkart as Senior Director- Human Resources.


The topic for the session was “Walking the line between Work and Life.” He started off the session by discussing about the changing workforce demographics. He stated that the corporates now comprise of more than 50% of millennials, also known as Gen Y, and how this makes a huge difference. Flipkart itself comprises of more than 85% of millennials. The business dynamics are evolving faster than ever and therefore, for businesses like E-Commerce, it is extremely crucial to adapt according to the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world. This is one of the primary reasons why workplaces today celebrate creative thinking, innovation and discussions. Another major shift that has been observed in organizations today is ‘Employee centric decision making.’ The organizations are committed to provide diverse and meaningful work to their employees, and thus, better growth opportunities for them.


Mr. Satheesh K V then talked about the lessons he has learnt from his long and successful career. “Stop learning Start unlearning”, he said. He stressed upon the point that how unlearning is the first step towards learning. He said that there is no limit to ideas as long as they are feasible enough to be deployed in the real world. He stated that how Gen Y loves ‘Working Unshackled’ and why this should be encouraged. These are the people driven by job satisfaction and work-life balance instead of just salaries, thus, give them their space and they will make an impact. Another point he made was, ‘Fail Fast.’ He emphasized that failing must not be criticized because with the fear of failure, there can be no innovation.


He concluded the session with some ‘Interview hacks.’ He said that the right Attitude can outweigh Competency at any given time. Along with this, honesty, being humble, passion, problem solving aptitude are few attributes that companies look for in any candidate.

This article is contributed by Ayushi Tomar and Meenakshi Pandey-

Media Committee, IMNU

Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club


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