Article (July-2017)

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Accept challenge as an opportunity to do better..

Zarin Bhathena

Designation : -   SVP & Head HR

Organization : -   Worldline South Asia and Middle East, Mumbai

01-Jul-2017

My life and what makes me the person I am, began with very ordinarily in a middle class family in Mumbai. I was raised with the traditions and values of a Zoroastrian culture. Coming from that humble beginning and today heading the HR function of a successful multinational company, I realize that all the highs and lows one experiences in one's life happens in parallel with one's professional journey. Now that I look back into the past, I realise that there were no gains without pains. As was the norm those days, I had an early marriage. Nevertheless, I pursued my studied and completed my post graduation after both my children were born. In fact, I was even studying when my own children were in their school days! I had the joy of achieving and experiencing all these important milestones of life while I was in the thick of my professional journey. A lot of times, we hear of women who have had to sacrifice extremely successful careers in order to support their families or to fulfil their familial responsibilities better. For me however, the gain was that I never experienced a glass ceiling in my corporate journey! I would say it has been an exciting long path of successes for me with support from all ends to make it happen.

Speaking about my personal life, I must say I had a great amount of support from my husband to pursue my dreams and do what it takes to be successful. Even my family encouraged me to study whatever I wanted and follow the path I wanted to. For a woman, it is important that she gets support from her family. Many a times, we see that for the lack of support, companies lose precious and productive women employees.


I was born and brought up in Mumbai and have done my graduation in special economics from Jai Hind College. I then went on complete my LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai. I have also done one year of Company Secretary. I had an opportunity to move and work in the HR function of a US based IT company. I was told that I was hired because of my qualities like empathy and patience. I also have a great passion to work with people. Later on, I did my PGDM in HR from NMIMS and then my Masters with XLRI Jamshedpur.


Having over 26 years of experience in the field of human resources, people call me a veteran in the field. I have worked with Atos (then called Atos Origin) till 2011 in various roles, after which I took on the role of heading the HR function at Worldline, an Atos company.


I have vast experience across the various fields of transition management, talent acquisition and management, performance management, employee engagement, compensation and rewards etc. I have an expertise in hiring and managing talent in the IT domain. I am also best known for overseeing and ensuring smooth transition between companies in trying times of acquisitions and mergers. I have been instrumental in the talent retention and acquisition of Worldline. I am also responsible for aiding the growth of Worldline across India, South Asia and Middle East.


My greatest achievement in my career is effectiveness i.e. making things happen. I have consistently maintained focus on execution and often responded with flexibility to shifting priorities and rapid change. This has developed a strong bond with my peers, leading to mutual trust. I have the benefit of a high caliber well-knit team whose advice I consider very valuable.


Some years back, I also had an opportunity to work on Lean projects within Atos in UK and Europe. The overseas experience not only enhanced my world view, but showed me the power of believing in myself. I strongly suggest to all women to step out of their comfort zone and take a chance on themselves. One may not always succeed but one will always be wiser than the one who stayed back in the shelter of comfort spots.


I am an extremely positive person and look at every challenge in my life as an opportunity to do better. I strongly believe that we make our own destiny and the main component to this is our attitude. My major strength is my positive attitude, being a go getter and of course not to forget my excellent health which I have been able to maintain.


About the Author

Zarin Bhathena, SVP and Head-HR of Worldline South Asia and Middle East, has over 25 years of experience in the field of human resources. A veteran in her field, Zarin has worked with Atos (then Atos Origin) till 2011, after which she took on the role of heading the HR function at Worldline, an Atos company.


Zarin comes with vast experience across the various fields of transition management, talent acquisition and management, performance management, employee engagement, compensation and rewards etc. An expert in hiring and talent management in the IT domain, Zarin is best known for overseeing and ensuring smooth transition between companies in times of acquisitions and mergers. She has been instrumental in the talent retention and acquisition of Worldline. She is also responsible for aiding the growth of Worldline across India, South Asia and Middle East.


Zarin has a degree in Economics and Law from Mumbai University and has done her master in Human Resources Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. She loves to read and cook.