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Learning at Essar

Essar’s Learning Philosophy

Our guiding philosophy makes learning the intrinsic responsibility of individual employees, not a top-down initiative fuelled by management directive alone. In line with our “Total Rewards” approach, we offer both transactional and relational rewards to our employees. While transactional rewards emanate from the contractual agreement of employment, the relational rewards bear testimony to the employee’s emotional involvement and personal stake in the welfare and prosperity of the organisation.

Essar is committed to an environment of coaching and mentoring that transforms the employee’s contractual obligation into an emotional engagement, further nuanced with continuous learning and development. We promise Essarites a unique Essar experience that they would value and cherish throughout their career with us, and beyond.

Learning SAP Successfactors E-Compass way

The Essar Group was one of the earliest adopters of technology for automating Business/ HR Practices by being one of the first implementers of SAP in the early 90s. It recently became the first Asian conglomerate to implement all 10 modules of SuccessFactors (having earlier implemented Performance Management, Goal Management, Employee Profile, Career Development and Planning and Succession Management). It has received multiple laurels, including the prestigious Learning Elite Awards (CLO USA), Best Project Implementation Award (SAP-SuccessFactors) and the SAP Ace Award for its SuccessFactors implementation which is globally recognised as a best practice by SAP.


1 Performance and Goal Management:
Essarites use SuccessFactors’ cutting-edge functionalities to create goals, cascade and align goals, view the Annual Business Plan, conduct reviews and provide developmental inputs all at a click of a button!
2 Career Development and Planning and LMS:
Essarites assign world-class, cutting-edge e-modules and continuing education options (Coursera) to address Development Gaps identified during Performance Reviews to actualise their potential. It is a one-stop shop for employees to bridge observed Gaps and learn at their ‘own pace’ with over 1,000+ customised learning resources available on the world-class Learning+ Platform.
3 Succession Planning:
Leaders across Essar actively leverage SuccessFactors functionalities to identify Key Critical Positions, segment Talent according to the 3×3 Performance Potential Matrix and identify Successors–all at a click of a button!
4 Recruitment and Onboarding:
The entire recruitment and onboarding cycle is effectively executed using the using the SuccessFactors functionalities.
5 Next Moves:
Internal postings as part of the Next Moves process helps employees leverage the scale of the Essar Group and apply for permanent/ short-term stints in other Essar Businesses.
6 Innovation and Business Excellence:
Essar is committed to innovation and excellence in business operations and the ESBE/ SteelSmart Portal helps Essar employees (in the Steel Business Group) share their insights and ideas, which are in turn evaluated by a technical board and applied (on merit).
7 Essar Expertise Locator:
An internal platform for employees to leverage the multitude of experience within the boundaries of Essar. This online platform encourages and enables Essarites to seek the expertise of senior business managers with deep functional and other expertise through a structured process / system in order to enhance on-the-job performance by providing them professional and life skills. Essarites book coaching slots with senior leaders on a particular theme of interest all at a single click of a button
8 Employee Central:
Employee Central is Essar’s world-class HRIS platform, which is the repository for all data and employment information across locations. This forms the bedrock for each of SuccessFactors’ individual modules and is maintained by a dedicated group of central and business administrators

Leadership Enablement

1 Managerial Capability Programmes:
Offered in association with leading business schools to build general management capabilities in high performing technocrats. Essar has in the past delivered high-impact managerial capability (leadership development) programmes in collaboration with IIM Ahmedabad, XLRI Jamshedpur and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
2 Integrated Leadership Development Programme (ILDP) for Essar Businesses:
These are focused leadership development programmes for business leadership teams (CEO and direct team), centred on key themes identified with the CEO, directly impacting leadership effectiveness and business performance.
3 The Top Leadership Development Programme (TLDP):
This Programme, delivered in association with the Indian School of Business, was attended by over 300 CXOs from across Essar and continued for a period of 18 months. The modules covered, which included Value Analysis for Value Creation, Execution of Strategies, Managing Change, Negotiation and Entrepreneurship, were delivered by eminent faculty members and practitioners from across the globe. Learning transfer was reinforced through subsequent webinars and Knowledge THUNKS circulated post programme, and job-aids that were handed out to individual participants. Each leader also underwent psychometric assessments, which culminated in an individual development plan and an individual development dialogue with an eminent coach/consultant from the industry.
4 GURUKUL: Learning @ Essar
It is a one-stop shop offering details on all Learning & Development offerings at Essar, including upcoming L&D programmes, workshops, the quarterly calendar, and the Essar Expertise Locator among others. Gurukul carries information on forthcoming programmes, presentations, articles, e-groups, etc., under various heads, such as Performance Management, Coaching & Mentoring, the Cadre Programmes, etc., and is also the gateway to the learning management system for our employees.

Essar Learning Systems (ELS)

Essar Learning Systems (ELS) is an evolved variant of the traditional ‘Training & Development’ department. It offers structured and professional learning solutions and consultancy to group businesses by leveraging a deep understanding of the different businesses, seasoned learning expertise, synergies of scale and an excellent learning partner network base. Essar Learning Systems follow the Six Disciplines approach for ensuring effective learning transfer and delivers a high-impact calendar of technical, functional and behavioural programmes.

Learning Fest
Essar nurtures a learning culture–one that encourages knowledge inquiry and knowledge sharing, and invests in building functional capability. As part of this dedicated effort to promote a culture of learning among all Essarites, Essar celebrates the annual Learn Fest–a week devoted to innovative and engaged learning with a focus on behavioural sciences, neurosciences, and functional and life skills.

“I am delighted to have participated in Learning Fest. The sessions energised me and helped me align my thoughts to concentrate on my goals (professional, as well as personal). All the sessions were chosen thoughtfully and the trainers delivered some greatly impactful sessions. It is wonderful to know that the Essar Management encourages employees to enhance their learning curve by helping them develop adequate skills.”
 – Ramswaroop Jhajhariya | Essar Infrastructure Services Pvt Ltd

“Learnt techniques to make my presentations more lively, speed up work while preparing PPT and analysing data in Excel”
– Dr. Archana Mahale – EPCC

“I learnt techniques to organise work by prioritising work items, create a to do list, and I am sure this will help me in carrying out the job in a stress free manner”
– Jackson D Souza, ESL

Edutainment Series

The concept – Edutainment Series was simply drawn from the idea of how to make Learning more Engaging, Simple and Fun. It is a 30 minute learning capsule conceptualized in the form of a short movie screening, with prior bookings, limited seating of 25 participants, served with popcorns & tea/coffee. It is a careful curation of TED Talks / short movies and the audience!