MANU VARMA

MANU VARMA

People person
TRACTION ON DEMAND

As Traction on Demand’s ‘people person,’ Manu Varma is capitalizing on the company’s cloud-based apps to revolutionize traditional HR practices and further the concept of the ‘people cloud,’ which he says allows HR professionals, business partners and employees to find “more time for play.” Varma says helping employees find work-life balance has been his team’s biggest challenge over the past year, but Traction is committed to doing things differently.

“Most consulting firms are big on taxing people to the maximum and driving billable hours through the roof,” he says. “We have been focusing on load-balancing to ensure that everyone has work-life harmony. We’ve built the business on a 32-hour billable workweek … 50% of our consultants are there, and we have another 25% to bring to that level.”

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