SAJHRM is a peer-reviewed scholarly outlet for publications on HRM in and
out of South Asia. It includes countries that are members of the South
Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), namely, Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is
listed in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal rankings.

*Research Articles:*

*Nurse Turnover in India: Factors Impacting Nurses’ Decisions to Leave

Sangeetha Lakshman

Abstract: Nursing turnover remains problematic, yet research with nurses is
scarce in India. Turnover intentions were examined in this study to
identify the critical reasons of the problem and to provide hospitals with
information regarding job satisfaction as it is associated with turnover
intention. Interviews were conducted with 144 nurses and top management
personnel from eight hospitals in southern India. Using critical incident
technique, we compared high attrition hospitals (HAH) with low attrition
hospitals (LAH) and identified three key themes that distinguished them:
the nature of the organization, the nature of employees and human resources
(HR) paradox for turnover intentions. The research results could help
identify strategies for hospitals that will minimize the high turnover
rates while optimizing the levels of staff retention by providing effective
work environment and career advancements.

*Salient Aspects of Software Professionals’ Performance Context: A
Qualitative Study*

Anupriya Singh <>

Abstract: Given the knowledge-intensive performance context, software
services organizations heavily rely on employee performance. As these
organizations desire and expect high performance, perhaps it is equally
important to focus on the context in which the software professionals work,
perform and deliver results. This research is an attempt to explore and
understand the performance context and its salient aspects. Semi-structured
in-depth interviews (*N* = 44) were conducted with experienced software
professionals of five Indian software organizations to understand the
software services work set-up, how it shapes their performance context and
its underlying challenges. Interview data was analyzed to examine patterns,
clusters and common themes. Responses clustered around four
facets–project-based work set-up, client involvement, team-related
dependencies and nature of work. Specific issues within these facets are
discussed in terms of the challenges faced by employees in the software
industry, the managerial interventions required and the potential of this
area for further research.

*Giving Knowledge Workers a Voice through Joint Consultative Councils*

Arosha S. Adikaram <>

Abstract: This case study aims to outline and explore the implementation of
a Joint Consultative Council (JCC) and the related outcomes, challenges and
issues faced by an information technology (IT) company in Sri Lanka.
Implementation of JCC in the company as a form of employee voice was a
result of a planned intervention of the new Human Resources (HR) team of
the company, with the intentions of increasing employee involvement,
commitment, employee relations and most importantly, communication. At the
initial sessions of the council ‘tea, towels and toilets’ issues were
mainly discussed and an apparent gulf between the management and the
employee representatives was apparent. While the council has given some
form of voice to employees, it was clearly a ‘voice without muscle’, devoid
of any significant joint decision making. After recouping the process to
enhance joint decision-making and communication, the proceeding JCC
regained the trust and enthusiasm of employees and management. There is a
possibility of continuation and subsequent institutionalization of the JCC
in the company. However, the process needs more time to establish itself
effectively in the company with increased trust between parties. This case
study provides practical insights into the creation of a JCC as a form of
Non-union Employee Representation (NER) for knowledge workers, addressing a
lacuna in knowledge on the practical implementation of JCC, as well as the
practice of JCCs among different categories of workers such as knowledge
workers. Insights drawn from the case can be used as learning points in
creating successful JCCs in organizations.

*Human Resource Challenges in Indian Public Health Services*

Nandini Sharma <>, A.
Venkat Raman <>, Sunita
Dhaked <>, Pawan Kumar

Abstract: The quality, accessibility and viability of health services
depend primarily on the performance of those who deliver them. Given the
strong correlation between the quality of health services and job
satisfaction of the health personnel, this study evaluates the problems
faced by primary health care providers in India. This cross-sectional study
was conducted among middle-level primary care providers operating in the
National Capital Region of Delhi, to assess their perception of various
issues and challenges related to human resources for health (HRH). They
identified gaps in human resource (HR) staffing, training, performance
appraisal and compensation, including delays in recruitment, lack of
probationary training and failure to link appraisal and compensation to
performance. This study contributes to the limited literature on HRH from a
broader policy reform perspective, underpinned by stakeholder perspective.

Practitioner Perspective Section

*Practitioner Perspectives Section:*

Six Thinking Hats Approach to HR Analytics

*Smruti Patre* <>

*Book Reviews:*


Mohan Thite, Adrian Wilkinson and Pawan Budhwar (Eds), *Emerging Indian
Multinationals: Strategic Players in a Multipolar World*

*Frank M. Horwitz* <>


Hazel Conley and Margaret Page, *Gender Equality in Public Services:
Chasing the Dream*

*Sanjay T. Menon, Ph.D*

*Mohan Thite*
*Associate Professor *
*Founding Editor-in-Chief, South Asian Journal of HRM (ABDC ranked Sage

*Department of Employment Relations & Human Resources*

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