Up close and personal with IRB Infrastructure Developers’ Group President HR

Naresh Taneja, Group President HR and Administration of IRB Infrastructure Developers, talks about his professional and personal life with HRM Asia.
By: | November 8, 2017

Who is Naresh Raneja – how would you describe yourself? 

I’m an HR professional who is based in India, and has over 40 years of experience.

How would people describe you? 

They would say I’m someone they can trust; someone who is reliable, sincere in his approach, and always willing to help others.

Complete this sentence. HR is… 

About helping people to realise their full potential. HR’s purpose is to help expand the potential of individuals.

What’s the best part of your job? 

When I’m able to help someone and they say “thank you so much”. That makes my day.

What’s the worst part?

When I have to enforce some organisational policies. Personally I may not like to do it, but being in an organisation, there has to be some structure.

What would you be doing if you were not in HR? 

I would be a consultant, a counsellor, or a teacher.

Why a counsellor? 

Because again, I like to help people. I feel that I can help them with their problems. I’ve also found that people tend to connect easily with me and trust me. I’m able to keep their secrets, which I will not betray.

What do you like to do outside of work? 

I like to listen to music, walk around, and explore new places. I’ll have a camera with me that I use to take pictures. I love nature, so wherever I go, I will look for some good parks.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to all types of music. From jazz and rock, to Sufi and classical. Music touches my soul.

Who is your favourite leader, past or present? 

Dr Abdul Kalam, the late President of India. I like him because of his simplicity and firm belief in what human potential can do.