Sunandha Govindan, Learning & Development professional at Strides Pharma Inc, is an experienced HR professional with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals, automobile and ITES industry.

Sunandha is a HR specialist skilled in talent development, talent and performance management, employee training as well as training systems projects (LMS, eLearning), content design & development, in addition to her capabilities in digital learning, training reports & metrics, HR operations, staffing and employee engagement.

With a strong passion to deliver quality work and value for individuals and making their lives better, Sunandha is dedicated to her HR role. When she’s not busy handling her range of responsibilities at Strides, Sunandha enjoys dancing, baking, and doing arts and crafts with her adorable child.

In a comprehensive chat with us, Sunandha highlights the importance of L&D in the pharma industry and the role of an LMS in developing competencies for sustainable employee performance.

According to ICRA, Indian pharma industry is to grow at 11-13% in FY2020. What does this growth rate mean for Strides with respect to its employee training and development?

Employee capability development has always been our primary goal. The current mission of our L&D function is to work as a unified team, contribute to the growth and profitability of our organization by partnering with our customers to drive learning that is strategic, measurable, and effective. In addition, we also aim to provide our customers with the tools and training necessary for job excellence and career advancement. With this, we only foresee a lot of competencies to be developed for a sustainable employee performance and efficiency.

How does Strides leverage technology, an LMS in particular, to achieve its L&D objectives and, in context of the bigger picture, business goals?

Employee participation in classroom training is always a challenge. So, we would like to take training to the learner by providing anytime-anywhere access to learning, especially compliance and regulatory training that is handy for the learners without hindering their work hours.

This is now achievable with UpsideLMS as it brings mobility and scalable solutions to our learners. With enhanced new features in UpsideLMS the learning can be made fun and interactive to drawing learners’ attention. I call it involuntary learning.

As an Assistant Manager – HR and T&D, what do you foresee for the future of the workplace? Technologies, Trends, L&D Approaches etc.?

I see great potential in building an employer brand with a catalog of different training delivered through different modes; various other features of learning, like microlearning, videos, virtual classroom etc. can enable a different approach towards learning, thereby building learners’ ability to perform better.


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