In the textile industry, an HR head or manager has many important roles to play because here more than a thousand people work in a single factory. So, it is really a tough job here. Textile Today revealed here the general story of an HR personnel of the textile industry. Aleya Aktar, Head of HR, Admin & Compliance of Interfab Shirt Manufacturing Ltd (Viyellatex Group) answered some questions on the role of an HR in the textile industry.
Textile Today: What are the core responsibilities of HR in the textile industry?
Aleya Aktar: We all know that the textile industry consists of a large number of people. Without proper management of these people, an organization can’t think of any progress and development. In this regard, an HR professional plays a vital role. The duties of HR in the textile industry include the following responsibilities:
- a) Employee relation and talent management
- b) Training and development
- c) Compliance and sustainability
- d) Compensation and benefits
- e) Admin and support
Textile Today: What is the role of HR in order to run a factory smoothly?
Aleya Aktar: As I have mentioned before, HR decides what kind manpower will work in the factory, he/she plays the most important role in running a factory smoothly. He/she also has to keep basic knowledge about all the operations running in a factory, otherwise, he/she won’t be able to place the right person in the right place.
An HR always have to communicate with the Managing Director of a factory, if it is a foreign-owned company then you must have to learn that language in some cases for smooth communication.
Textile Today: Would you please tell us what kind of challenges an HR faces?
Aleya Aktar: First of all, to be a good HR you have to understand the minds of people, how they think, reacts and acts otherwise your challenges will be endless.
I have worked in many renowned factories through my career and I found this very important. As an HR, sometimes I had to deal with local political leaders, influential persons and many others to run the factory smoothly. So, this is uncertain what challenge is coming next but you have to be ready mentally for any situation.
An HR always have to communicate with the Managing Director of a factory, if it is a foreign-owned company then you must have to learn that language in some cases for smooth communication. Handling unrest situations is a common but sensitive challenge for every HR professional. If you make any silly mistake to handle the workers, the consequence will be more severe.
There are actually many challenges daily especially in the textile industry, so you have to be positive and strong.
Textile Today: What kind of role an HR has in buyer handling?
Aleya Aktar: What I do in dealing with buyers is to try to keep my eye on if the buyer demand is logical or not. I try to negotiate everything properly and keep in mind that both parties are benefitted.
In the textile industry, one factory works with more than one buyer at a time. Their demands are also unlike, so we have to balance all the buyer’s demand and bring them in one point.
Textile Today: What are the strengths of Viyellatex Group?
Aleya Aktar: We always try to focus on quality but not quantity. For this, we do not work with random buyers. We try to maintain a certain standard. We always look forward to developing a long-term relationship with buyers. We also focus on managing the 3P’s on our business: People, planet and profit.
Textile Today: What kind of suggestions would you give to the new HRs?
Aleya Aktar: My suggestion is more women should come to this sector. Because there are tremendous opportunities here for them. But in order to grab that, one has to be prepared properly. She has to be mentally strong, possesses a positive mindset, sharp knowledge and has the quality to adapt to any situations.