In the previous episode of Spirited Dialogue, Asanka and I discussed the challenges of talent attraction in these challenging times of the Great Resignation or the Great Introspection, and how leaders should modernize their recruiting processes and evaluate candidates as humans and not as an aggregate of skills.
In this episode, we look at the other side of talent management – retention of the existing workforce and reducing turnover. It is crucial for companies and organizational leaders to rethink and reimagine their approach to appreciating their workforce who has stuck with them through thick and thin. We explore critical areas to invest in and where leaders must spend their energy to keep the existing workforce happy, respected, and fulfilled. We also share several successful talent retention strategies that have proven to increase workforce empathy and reduce turnover rate in organizations.
Dr. Gautham Pallapa is a Senior Executive Advisor for VMware. He works with C-Suite and executives at Global 2000 enterprise customers in transforming their strategy, processes, technologies, culture, and people to achieve their objectives and business outcomes. His mantra is "Transform with Empathy" and has successfully led several business transformations and cloud modernization efforts in various industry verticals. Gautham is an agile coach, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a SAFe Agilist, and an Ambassador for the DevOps Institute. He writes/talks/works on transformation, elevating humans, helping underprivileged people, and giving back to the community. Gautham was awarded the 2018 Tech leader of the year by AIM for his contributions. He has an upcoming book called "Leading with Empathy" which explores these topics in detail.
Asanka’s goal is to connect humans and technology by helping organizations implement digital transformation programs that result in consumer-driven digital applications. In his current role as the Chief Technology Officer, Asanka drives efforts to create, refine, and enhance WSO2’s corporate reference architecture and is responsible for spearheading a thought leadership outlook that defines WSO2’s corporate reference methodology for development, customer success, and implementation. Working closely with customers, partners, and analysts, he evangelizes WSO2’s technology vision. Asanka has over 20 years of industry experience, which includes designing and implementing highly scalable distributed systems, SOA, and microservice architectures in the financial domain, mobile platforms, and various business integration solutions. He is also a committer of the Apache Software Foundation. Asanka is a regular speaker at numerous global events and many tech meetups in San Francisco Bay Area.