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Thứ Hai, 30 tháng 6, 2014

Best companies to work for 2014: SAP Labs' mantra is to put employees first - Economic Times

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BANGALORE: Ask Vidur Shailendra Bhatnagar, a product associate at SAP Labs, to pick a single moment when he was glad to be an employee of the tech major. The youngster struggles.

"It would be hard to pick one," says the youngster. "It would begin with me winning the 'Employee of the Year'; to filing a patent for one of the algorithms I was working on; to getting selected for an international fellowship; to being chosen to be a part of the Managing Director's team to work on key strategic initiatives," he adds.

Bhatnagar started at SAP Labs as an intern, and within ten months, he grew to become a product associate from a developer associate. Much higher up the ladder, for T Shivaram, HRBP Leader, SAP Labs India, the connect to the company is based on an emotional incident.

Best companies to work for 2014: SAP Labs' mantra is to put employees first

"How the team members and the organisation rallied around the family after an employee's untimely death was touching. We also created an employment opportunity for the spouse of the employee," says Shivaram. To deal with employee's unforeseen emergencies, SAP Labs now has Care For Life Fund, an employee benevolent fund, which is a purely voluntary, employee funded and employee managed initiative. More than 98% of SAP's employees are a part of this entirely self-sustaining fund.

And for managing director Anirban Dey, his defining moment at SAP Labs, India was when in six months, 30 engineers worked 18 hours a day to pull of the launch of SAP HANA, a popular global SAP product, in December 2010. It is this mix of opportunity for growth, an emotional connect, and quality of work that attracts bright minds to this firm. "We practice a bottoms-up approach to policy making, meaning that employees participate to implement and drive policies, instead of management pushing down policies."

According to employees, this is a place where the employee is put first. "If you take care of the people, the processes and policies will automatically be taken care of," says Shivaram. And global recognition helps too. From India, Kasturi Rajaram was chosen to be an ambassador of SAP as a SAP Labs India mascot.

Leadership for the company is fostered from within, giving employees a better shot at growth. There are regular leadership talks by stalwarts, counting Dr. Devi Shetty, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and N R Narayana Murthy, in recent times. The company has also done well to manage diversity.

Credited with one of the better ratios for women employees in the country, SAP Labs reduced attrition amongst women who take maternity leave dramatically from 31% in 2010 to just 5% by 2012 and zero in 2013, which has been part of the senior management's goal here. And add to its people-friendly policies the 23-acre SAP Labs India campus at the heart of the IT hub in Bangalore, 80% of the campus accounts for green space. No wonder then that Dey says, "The place feels like a 42 year old start-up."

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