A pat on the back for your hard work at office can be very satisfying indeed. But when that pat comes in the form of recognition on a global scale, you know you’re well on your way to success. That’s exactly what happened with Hyderabad-based Nitya Nivali, who was recently awarded for her “Exemplary Leadership in Human Resources” at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.
Though she’s had an eclectic background — her subjects varied from Psycho-logy to Computer Applications, to even Business Management at IIM Kolkata — Nitya settled into a human resources role at Hyderabad’s Progress Software with ease.
Over the span of 10 years at the organisation, she has revolutionised the process, even creating an application from scratch to streamlining the department. Hailing from Kurnool, Nitya says that her parents’ efforts to make her understand the importance of hard work and dedication helped her achieve what she has done so far.
Her passion to create a lively workplace is what inspired her to continuously innovate ways to motivate her colleagues. “My zeal to have a fun and productive workplace helps me think creatively, along with the demands of the India leadership team fuelled by steady results, of course. All of this inspired me in the first few years and continues to inspire me even today,” says Nitya.
The ability to continuously think on her feet, she adds, is also a product of the mentorship she received from her seniors at work and outside. “At work, my mentor is Progress Software’s MD, Ramesh Loganathan. He has always encouraged me to be an out-of-the-box thinker and allowed me to try out various innovative initiatives,” Nitya says. She adds that being a woman in her field is not as hard a challenge. “We should take personal responsibility for our growth and career; this is a key factor for any leader to grow.”