It was not like these partnership did not exist before. They did. But it is the pace that was surprising. In March, an IT service provider like Infosys partnered with US tech giant IBM to help customers migrate to cloud. A dozen such partnerships and new product and platform launches followed since then to cater to the new demand. … [Read more...] about Reskilling is probably the biggest challenge for the IT companies amid the pandemic
Companies microchipping employees
Q: How do you manage your office teams now? How are you keeping your staff motivated? Could you share some unique experiences that you have had during these 10 days of the lockdown while dealing with your teams/colleagues or investors?A: As we are all locked up at homes, many living alone, we’ve realised the need to fill a void in the lives of employees. We’re running an internal project called Josh to keep everyone informed, supported and positive. Some of the initiatives are a support program called 'CountOnMe' to keep those living alone in good humour, a learning series called Urban Academy where internal leaders are taking online sessions and an external speaker series called JoshTalks featuring leaders from all walks of life. One of the guests was Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar, the third woman in the Indian Army to be promoted to three-star rank, sharing her stories of dealing with crisis by staying positive. … [Read more...] about Virtual Leaders | A part of me was refusing to accept the lockdown would be long: Urban Company co-founder Varun Khaitan
Remain calm and encourage communication Over the past 14 years of building my company, my team and I have weathered many storms together. Remaining level-headed in the midst of change is how we’ve kept afloat, despite previous setbacks. According to Gwen Moran in a story for Fast Company, the way we react to stress plays a key factor in our team’s performance. “Managers who get angry or withdraw when the pressure is on hurt team morale,” she writes, “and teams are more likely to miss deadlines, exceed their budgets, and fail to meet quality standards.” Which is to say, a calm mindset is more important now than ever. This makes sense, we can’t really transmit confidence or boost morale if we’re paralyzed by fear. … [Read more...] about The secrets to maintaining employee morale through the pandemic
Perhaps the best advice I have is to remember to do something that too often gets overlooked. Instead of just worrying about managing those who are underperforming, focus on coaching your best performers as these are the ones who will make the greatest contributions. Don’t forget to show them love and give them support. … [Read more...] about Should a CEO hold employees to pre-COVID performance standards?
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine. … [Read more...] about Swiggy to lay off 350 employees due to COVID-19 pandemic