Above and Beyond the rest – what winning this award means to some of Capgemini’s leading women

Capgemini’s Above and Beyond awards recognize the top performers across Capgemini’s Business Services global business line. Some of our most recent female Above and Beyond winners talk about what this recognition means to them and why they would recommend Capgemini as an employer.

At Business Services, our people are our greatest assets. Their commitment, skills, and competencies are the foundation on which we build innovative solutions for our clients, and make it possible for us to deliver best-in-class results on a daily basis.

Above and Beyond – our first ever global recognition program – recognizes the top performers across our organization at a global level. It aims to provide motivation for our people to ace their careers, offers tailored rewards that matter to them, and drives value for our clients. Since its launch in 2019, over 100 employees have been recognized through this program in four categories – Innovation, Competitiveness, Business Builder, People Developer, and Best Turnaround.

In this article, Malgorzata Praczyńska (Innovation), Aries Zhu (People Developer), and Ushha Yadav (Best Turnaround) talk about what they do for Capgemini’s clients, how their expertise and experience helped them win an award, and what winning this award means for their future careers.

Malgorzata Praczyńska – HR Automation Manager
Małgorzata Praczyńska, HR Automation Manager

Malgorzata Praczyńska – HR Automation Manager

What is your role and what do you do for Capgemini’s clients on a day-to-day basis?

I am the founder and manager of Capgemini’s HRInnHUB team. I specialize in finding automated solutions for various HR processes – including project and people management – that provide significant cost benefits to Capgemini and our clients.

 

How has your expertise and experience helped you win an “Above and Beyond” award?

In the HRInnHUB we combine HR and technology, which is based on my over 10 years’ of experience in HR and service delivery. Because of this experience, I know my clients and they know me. This helps me to understand their needs and concerns which enables me to guide them through a smooth change process – where I propose a proven solution, not a revolution. This is what makes our HRInnHUB offer so special in the HR market.

What does winning this award mean to you and how will it help you in your future career?

Receiving this award confirms how important it is to make the administrative process simpler and freeing peoples time for higher value work is in today’s competitive market. My Above and Beyond win means that the HRInnHUB can now be promoted across the Capgemini Group bringing automation to every HR team – giving us a chance to truly go global as winners of this award are recognized wherever Capgemini operates.

Why would you recommend Capgemini as an employer, for women, in particular?

Capgemini gives each of its employees a chance to achieve their goals and fulfill their ambitions – it’s just a matter of taking advantage of this opportunity for each individual employee. Man or woman – it’s your skills and attitude that counts. This is why I would recommend working for Capgemini to anyone who considers himself or herself to be ambitious, as gender doesn’t play a role in success within the Group.

With its seven values, Capgemini proves that individual skills, potential, attitude, and spirit are key factors for success. Capgemini highlights each and every employee that is brave enough to stand in the spotlight – regardless of gender. For me, I do this by proving the importance of intelligent automation to my clients and colleagues, and it gives me the satisfaction that I play an important role in the global success of our company.

Aries Zhu – Service Delivery Manager
Aries Zhu (Service Delivery Manager)

Aries Zhu – Service Delivery Manager

What is your role and what do you do for Capgemini’s clients on a day-to-day basis?

I am an experienced HR subject matter expert and currently work as the Service Delivery Manager for both the Syngenta and Dairy Farm Digital Employee Operations (DEO) teams in the Nanhai delivery center.

In this role, I support my team in delivering end-to-end HR services for Syngenta and HRO and payroll services for Dairy Farm – to 30,000 customers across the Greater China area. I also collaborate with various stakeholders to successfully implement several large-scale HR transformation projects – leveraging my 14 years of experience across both in-house and outsourcing operations to get the results our clients want.

How has your expertise and experience helped you win an “Above and Beyond” award?

Through my experiences working in HR, I understand that inspiration is the foundation of leadership. Therefore, a leader should make people feel like they matter and what they do on a day-to-day basis matters. This inspires people to work towards a common vision, encourage them to deploy their particular skills within their roles, and unleash their potential onto everything they do – both inside and outside the office. I think this is what “People matter, results count” is all about, and I treat it as my mission to carry this out.

What does winning this award mean to you and how will it help you in your future career?

I am honored to be an Above and Beyond winner, and recognition is always a strong drive to go further in your career and push boundaries where otherwise you might have played it safe. Winning this award has also encouraged me to become a people development role model to my peers, in addition to improving my capabilities further by learning from other Above and Beyond winners and encouraging me to strive to win other award categories in the future.

Why would you recommend Capgemini as an employer, for women, in particular?

In the Nanhai center, 88% of our workforce and 80% of our managers are women. As a result, in my day-to-day experiences working in Capgemini, I know that women’s voices count and they are as competitive as men – therefore reinforcing career development in Capgemini as transparent and equal for everyone.

On top of this, the Women@Capgemini program aims to enrich our organization by mobilizing all of the Group’s talents – both men and women – around the fundamental principle of “equal opportunities, and equal chances,” to deliver better results to our clients, our partners, our shareholders, and our employees.

All of this combined, Capgemini is a great workplace when it comes to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Ushha Yadav – Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting
Ushha Yadav (Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting)

Ushha Yadav – Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting

What is your role and what do you do for Capgemini’s clients on a day-to-day basis?

I specialize in managing workloads, people, and my clients’ needs. I do this by ensuring that the offerings I present to my client on a day-to-day basis become an extended arm of how they do business – enabling them to think differently and make better decisions.

Doing this correctly enables me to build a strong relationship with my clients and ensures they continue to be satisfied with what we do. This helps us to remain their preferred partner of choice.

How has your expertise and experience helped you win an “Above and Beyond” award?

Client management has always been my forte and my ability to consistently win their confidence helped me win this award.

What does winning this award mean to you and how will it help you in your future career?

It’s a great feeling to win this award, as it highlights winners as important players within Capgemini. This will definitely be a morale booster for me moving forward as it further adds to my belief that great work does get appreciated and rewarded within Capgemini.

Why would you recommend Capgemini as an employer, for women, in particular?

Capgemini is an organization where women are respected, are a key part of any leadership team, and where they get the opportunity to lead and drive the success of both the company and their own careers.

Working at Capgemini makes me feel comfortable, respected, and appreciated. In addition, working here also gives me a certain amount of social security in these uncertain times. These are the main reasons I would recommend Capgemini as a good place to work to other women.

Surabhi Sunanda (Senior Director - HR at Capgemini)
Surabhi Sunanda (Talent Director, Capgemini’s Business Services)

Surabhi Sunanda is responsible for performance and career management processes, talent programs, and change management initiatives. She is passionate about creating a high performance and inclusive culture within Capgemini.