L&T EARNS HR EXCELLENCE AWARD
L&T was conferred the prestigious HR Excellence Award in the ‘Innovation in Onboarding’ category for its first-ever virtual GET/ PGET Onboarding programme, Prayag. The award has been instituted by The Economic Times’ HRWorld in collaboration with OLX People, with EY as official tabulators. The award was received by Dr C. Jayakumar, Vice President & Head HR – Corporate Human Resources (CHR), on behalf of L&T, at a virtual event held on March 5, 2021.
L&T won the award for demonstrating commitment to investing in the future by designing a unique onboarding programme for 900+ GETs/ PGETs that was 100% remote and designed and executed in record time. Initiatives like remote joining, virtual induction, the ‘Know Your Leader’ series and virtual tours were institutionalised as best practices. The programme was designed, delivered, and implemented by the CHR and Divisional Corporate HR teams, with the support of Corporate IT, Information Systems Department, Corporate Brand Management & Communications, and Corporate Communications Department (Chennai) teams.
The coveted award felicitates accomplishments of HR professionals in the sphere of recruitment and talent acquisition that are evaluated on several critical parameters – such as uniqueness, execution strategy, impact created sustainability and scalability. This award is yet another affirmation of L&T’s increasing use of technology in all spheres, including the facilitation of HR processes.
WELCOME TO THE NEW-LOOK WWW.LNTECC.COM
L&T Construction’s Corporate Communications announced that the new-look, freshly designed website for L&T Construction – www.lntecc.com had gone ‘live’. Apart from all the ‘must-have’ information about the various businesses and projects, the site has been consciously given an ‘outside in’ perspective reflected in the ‘We build’ section that captures all the infrastructure that the organization builds. A special section on ‘Iconic Projects’, a well populated Newsroom updated with the latest press releases, feature stories and interviews of the senior leadership, a ‘Sustainability’ section showcasing the various efforts at social welfare and ‘greening’ and a ‘Careers’ section are some of the other highlights.
PT&D IC INKS MOA WITH ODISHA GOVERNMENT TO SET UP A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON TOWER CONSTRUCTION
Power Transmission & Distribution IC has inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the Government of Odisha on 25th January 2021 to set up a Centre of Excellence on 400 kV EHVTL Tower Construction and training on preventive maintenance of transmission lines using the latest drone technology at ITI Hinjilicut.
The MoA was signed between Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner & Secretary, Skill Development & Technical Education Department, Government of Odisha, S Padmanabhan, Head-HR (Operations), PT&D in the presence of Reghu G, IAS, Director of Technical Education and Training, Odisha, P Rajesh Narayan, Head – Transmission Lines, PT&D, Sumit Ganguly, Sr. DGM, Project Development, and R. Renugopal, Manager – Technical Training,
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The CoE is expected to meet the huge demand for skilled manpower for the power transmission sector by skilling local youth and upskill trainees who have passed out of ITIs. Drones with thermal camera technology will be adopted to maintain transmission lines by deducting hotspots. The industry will benefit by getting their technicians trained at the centre and enable sustained employment for the local youth in the state of Odisha.
HEAVY CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE IC BAGS GOLDEN PEACOCK HR EXCELLENCE AWARD
L&T’s Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC won the ‘Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award’ for 2020, adjudged by the Awards Jury under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India and former Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of India, and National Commission for Constitution of India Refor
L&T is the only Construction Company to win this recognition in 2020 recognizing HCI IC’s innovative, creative, and effective HR and people management practices.
The Golden Peacock Award winners will be recognised and felicitated virtually through a specially organised ‘Golden Peacock Awards Ceremony’, scheduled to be held on April 28, 2021, in the presence of a distinguished gathering of business leaders and participants from across the globe.
HEAVY CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE IC BAGS ATD BEST AWARD 2021
Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC has won the ‘ATD BEST’ for 2021, an international recognition given by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), USA, formerly known as American Society for Training and Development, the world’s largest association dedicated to organizations that develop talent. L&T is the only construction company outside USA to have won this award in 2021.
This Award will be presented to Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC during the ATD 2021 International Conference & Exposition to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah USA from August 29 – September 1, 2021. Heavy Civil Infrastructure IC has always focused on innovations in Leadership and Organization Development and this award is a recognition for its innovative learning and development initiatives which includes design and training programmes.
L&T IN TOP 10 CLUB OF ‘FORTUNE INDIA 500’ LIST
L&T has entered the Top 10 club of the ‘Fortune India 500’ list after steadily moving up in the past three years, ranking 13th, 12th and 11th in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. This achievement came against the backdrop of the challenging economic conditions thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Releasing the list, Fortune India stated, “This year’s Fortune India 500 list is evidence of the challenges India’s largest companies had been facing even before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the global economy. However, it also demonstrates the might and resilience of the Indian corporate sector to deal with the challenges and move forward. The global economic landscape is changing rapidly, more so after the pandemic, and Corporate India will need to navigate this new world to stay ahead.”
Post the unlock, L&T has been focussing on completing projects quickly and efficiently with safety and quality and, at the same time, conserve cash and bank on their digital solutions.
A major indicator of the health of the corporate sector in India, the Fortune India 500 listing is a definitive ranking of the country’s biggest companies.
B&F IC LAUNCHES ‘PLANNING SAATHI’ –
A FRAMEWORK FOR PROJECT PLANNING
The digital edition of ‘Planning Saathi’ was launched by M. V. Satish (MVS), Whole Time Director & Sr. Executive Vice President – Buildings on 20th Mar’21 that will be a huge aid for Planning Heads. It helps to organize and ensure creation of robust planning reports and support Planning Heads to train and develop their teams on various planning functions viz. Contract Administration, Scheduling, Costing, Procurement, Client & Sub-Contractor Billing and Progress Monitoring. MVS, along with V. Sukumar Hebbar (VP & Head CRS SBG) and Sthaladipti Saha (VP & Head PSA SBG) also released the print version.
At the launch, R. Shankar Narayanan (Head-Corporate, B&F) highlighted the objectives & content of ‘Planning Saathi’, including its implementation plan and way forward and informed that it was the outcome of a collaborative effort of the working group of V. Swaminathan & team from Corporate Centre Functions, in consultation with other subject matter experts from B&F IC. Niranjan Simha emphasized the need to obtain data consistently by standardizing and digitalizing reports for better project monitoring and control, including contract administration.
Sthaladipti Saha stressed the need for uniformity in planning competency across project sites and was confident that ‘Planning Saathi’ would soon be a ready reckoner for Planning teaHe also emphasised digitializing reports, integrated with BIM, to avoid multiple data entry by project teaV. Sukumar Hebbar expressed that the tool would assist project teams to record ample data for towards escalation, claims and EOT for effective contract management. The web-version of ‘Planning Saathi’ can be referred (with access control) though the link https://apps.bnfic.tech/saathi
WISA WINS ‘ENTERPRISE AI AWARD – MANUFACTURING SEGMENT’ AT AMAZON AI CONCLAVE
L&T has won ‘Enterprise AI Award – Manufacturing Segment’ for WISA for innovative use of AWS AI/ML Technology / Solutions. The award was presented by Puneet Chandok – President, India, and South Asia – Amazon Web Services (AWS) at the recently conducted AWS AI Conclave and it recognizes solutions that use AWS AI technology uniquely and the potential business value that it creates for internal / external stakeholders. In this regard, WISA was nominated for the use of ‘AWS Rekognition’ service for uniquely identifying workmen at L&T projects.
Workforce Induction, Skills and Availability (WISA) is an end-to-end digital solution for smooth on-boarding of blue-collar workmen at construction sites that spans mobilization, screening of records, KYC, health screening, skill grading, attendance management, performance records, accommodation management, wage processing & observations, appreciations, violations, and training management.
WISA leverages AWS Rekognition to capture the photos of the workmen as they enrol at a site, create a repository of all their photos and use them as an easy field identification (migrant workforce with a large churn) to record on-the-spot appreciation, observations, critical feedback, blacklisting along with daily attendance.
10 LADIES’ GLOW IN THE GROW INITIATIVE
Mr R Ganesan, Head – Corporate Centre kick-starts the programme urging the participants to gain insights and skills to rise to higher levels of corporate leadership.
To promote a culture of Gender Diversity & Inclusion and nurture our women workforce and help develop their careers, a need was felt to create a rounded learning intervention for selected women talent to scale forward as effective leaders and, at the same time, introduce the required diversity in the senior management. ‘Get Ready to Own and Win’ (GROW), is a hybrid coaching intervention programme conceived by Divisional Corporate – HR that encompasses the four broad leadership themes viz Purpose & Vision, Leadership Impact, Health & Wellness & Executive Presence.
The pilot programme was initiated in January 2020 with 10 women employees from DC who underwent a comprehensive schedule to guide them to self-reflect, explore leadership potential & accelerate personal growth through individual & group coaching to transform into effective leaders.
A Valedictory Session organized on 30th October marked the successful completion of the first instalment of GROW that was attended by the coach, the participants, the sponsors, and senior HR leadership. “Self-Awareness, reflection & ownership are key elements for leadership development,” remarked Dr C Jayakumar, Vice President & Head – Corporate HR, in his valedictory address, highlighting the importance of increasing the diversity ratio in the Organization at all levels of management. “Develop competence in your respective domains and project that competence to the external world through executive presence, communication and networking,” exhorted S Ramkishore, Vice President & Head – HR, Divisional Corporate in his address.
Looking at the success of the pilot programme, GROW will become part of the flagship programmes being anchored by DC HR and will encompass selected women talent across L&T Construction. Stay tuned for further communication. The whole programme was facilitated by Ms S Vijayalakshmi, Master Certified Coach, Founder – Coach Consult, President, International Coaching Federation, Chennai Chapter.
DC HR WINS TOP AWARDS FOR
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
Divisional Corporate – HR won the prestigious BusinessWorld People HR Excellence Award 2021 in the category ‘Excellence in Learning & Development’ that recognizes L&T’s unique and varied learning interventions with a social impact, covering employees across levels & functions. The selection process involved a comprehensive written submission, followed by an elevator pitch by the shortlisted teams to a jury of renowned Business and HR veterans. The DC HR team won the coveted award amidst stiff competition from approximately 50 leading corporates across the industry.
The DC – HR L&D team led by Capt. Sonica Muraleedharan, S Raghavendran, Uma Anand, R Vijayakumar, Mohan Babu and Krithiga G, showcased the company’s L&D initiatives that make learning strategic to the business. VP & Head – Human Resources, S. Ramkishore, Divisional Corporate received the award during the awards ceremony held virtually on March 31st.
BusinessWorld, is a leading business magazine launched more than three decades ago that prides in spotting key economy and business trends. Over the years, they have created marquee events such as the ‘Most Respected Companies Award’, ‘Magna Awards’, ‘BW Young Entrepreneur Awards’, to name just a few. BW also publishes special issues on BW 500, India’s Most Valuable CEOs and India’s Best B-Schools, etc.
DC HR also emerged as the 1st Runners Up at the prestigious SHRM HR EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2020 – in the category of ’Excellence in Learning & Development’ at a glittering awards night on December 10th, 2020.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 300,000 members in more than 165 countries. SHRM India HR Excellence Awards have been instituted as an exemplary platform to recognize organizations that put people first, deliver future focused excellence in the field of People Management.
L&T GEOSTRUCTURE SETS UP THE WORLD’S LARGEST SOIL TESTING LAB FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT
L&T GeoStructure has established one of the world’s largest soil testing laboratories for the High-Speed Rail Project. The concept of building a lab in the outskirts of Surat has transformed into a high-tech lab with 57 lab technicians and R&D 15 engineers and experts working at site.
In need of professionals with strong technical capabilities, the training team of L&T GeoStructure initiated in-depth training programs by inviting Ph.D scholars from top institutions for a 2-days hands-on training session, for the technicians to hone their skills. The first training program conducted over February 6th to 7th for a group of 19 technicians received encouraging feedback from the participants and appreciation from the client. The second training conducted during March 20 & 21st had a larger team of 42 new recruits led by a well-planned faculty trio headed by Mr. Kannan Iyer, Mr. Veerabadhra M. Rotte and Mr. Trudeep Dave.