We don't just want diversity; we want people to feel included: Unisys' Maria

People Matters|February 2020

We don't just want diversity; we want people to feel included: Unisys' Maria
In an exclusive conversation with People Matters, Maria Sitaramayya, the APAC Head HR, Unisys, talks about challenges in skilling, diversity and gig workers
Jerry Moses

Maria Sitaramayya leads the Human Resources function across Asia Pacific at Unisys. In this role, Maria is responsible for providing end to end Human Resources support for over 8000 associates across 13 different countries in the Asia Pacific region.

In an exclusive conversation with People Matters, she talks about the talent challenges in the IT sector where continuous skilling and diversity are transforming the business.

Here are the excerpts of the interview.

What are some of the top job-related trends you’re observing in the IT sector across the APAC region?

In terms of the changing market from a technology point of view, the shifts are incredibly important. When we look at India, it's about skills and new technologies. So, there’s a lot of focus on technologies like artificial intelligence or augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics, blockchain architecture, etc. And in order to remain relevant, it's so important for us to make sure that we have those skills and are continuously working on developing those skills.

Across the Asian market, the war on talent continues. It's something that we've always been very focused on. The war on talent has also ensured that we work towards developing and retaining our talent in-house just as much as we attract our talent. The other big trend that we've seen from our marketplace is to do with engagement. How do we make sure that we are engaging our employees across diverse markets? Because what engages employees in one market might not necessarily work in another market. And then the third trend is the rising focus on diversity and inclusion. We’re looking at how we make sure that we have a diverse set of people. We focused on gender over the last twelve months and are now looking at expanding that definition in terms of different cultures, skills and opportunity areas.

How are you enabling some of these new skills and what do you see things that companies are doing right and what are some challenge areas there?

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