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
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This brings up the debate about quality of engineering education in India that does not equip students with the new age technologies. While some colleges have been able to differentiate, majority of them have not been able to, especially the ones in the tier II and tier III towns. … [Read more...] about Reskilling is probably the biggest challenge for the IT companies amid the pandemic
Online learning platform Coursera will allow its employees to opt for remote working till January 1, 2022. Additionally, employees will also receive $1,000 (Rs 73,500 approximately) or the local equivalent in the UK, India, Canada, Bulgaria, and the UAE to create a productive home environment. … [Read more...] about Coursera to allow remote working till January 2022, offers $1,000 allowance for ‘office setup’
Everything we know has gone a bit sideways. Many people are working harder and also juggling more than they ever have. For many, homeschooling kids wasn’t something that was previously on the to-do list and being “sheltered in place” with a spouse who is also trying to work from home wasn’t something anyone imagined a year ago. Then there’s all of the time spent shopping for groceries and sanitizing everything! Managing all of all the things in our work and our lives, which have now been mashed together in the same time and space, is complicated. … [Read more...] about Should a CEO hold employees to pre-COVID performance standards?
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine. … [Read more...] about Swiggy to lay off 350 employees due to COVID-19 pandemic