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How to help remote employees imbibe organizational work culture?

In general, organizations spend considerable time and money in building a positive work culture for their employees at their physical workplace. The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a remote working environment for organizations all across the globe. Such a massive shift in the work environment has altered the dynamics of the workplace as remote working employees can get isolated and lose touch with their organization’s work culture. Therefore, companies may need to craft inventive ways to help them imbibe the same.



Positive takeaways from the COVID-19 crisis

It is reasonable to say that the COVID-19 pandemic that created a health crisis of epic proportions. It is for the first time in recent history that businesses have witnessed such economic after-effects of widespread illness. The pandemic has thrown life out of gear for billions of people globally. So far, more than 30 million coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide. Many countries including India have gone through lockdowns and curfews to slow down the spread of the virus. The current scenario looks bleak, to say the least. Many...


Viewpoint: Think again before you hire basis JDs and Role Success Profiles

Mr. Hitesh Agrawal (name changed) was one of our high-performing Area Sales Managers in Uttarakhand (State changed) – impeccable performance record, quarter on quarter, year on year solid delivery on targets, and touted to be a very likely successor for his boss, the Branch Manager in the near future.

As a part of our organization career development framework, where we actively encourage people to shift from one business to another, he was moved as Area Sales Manager in Uttarakhand, in another of our product categories, under the same Branch Manager.

One year down the...


Building Gender Diversity in Manufacturing

AP: Kindly tell us a bit about your organization and particularly about your role, especially your job title.

RJ: From a small reciprocating air compressor manufacturer in the 1960s, today, ELGi is a global player in the compressed air market. At ELGi, our aspiration is christened "Conquer K-2 (CK2)" – detailing our aspiration to be no. 2 in the Global Air Compressor Market by 2027. We believe in continually building on the products, process, people and technology to achieve our aspiration.

Today, we have direct presence in over 20 countries and a global footprint...


Viewpoint: Why self-taught learners are better at teaching

1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128… That is how the unread messages were piling up every 15 minutes. Her video has 1.4 million views and growing exponentially. Everyone was forwarding the same video to Eshna Kutty. Everyone was sending her, her own hoop dance video and doing it while wearing a saree and sneakers. Like all ‘overnight’ success stories, it has taken her ten years to be an ‘overnight sensation’. 

Signs of a curious learner

  1. Ability to deconstruct: she taught herself hula hoop dancing by watching YouTube videos, playing them in slow
  2. ...

Viewpoint: Can culture be benchmarked?

Can we learn about innovation from other businesses?

I was once talking to the founder of a startup who wanted to build the culture of Google in his firm. He wanted to benchmark the ‘best practices’ of Google’s culture of innovation and that is how he implemented this policy in his 50-person startup. Every employee in that tiny startup had to work on a personal project. Two months later a few employees came to the founder and asked for permission to work from home so that they could work together undisturbed on a secret project they had come...


No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer is a book about the culture of Netflix. Could it be that the workplace norms that exist today are archaic. They were formed in the early years of industrialisation and have remained unchallenged - until Netflix challenged many of the norms. That is what makes it a Market Shaper - a company that changes how we live and work. They are global,...


COVID-19: Creating Safer Workplaces for Onsite Employee

Ever since the outbreak of coronavirus in March 2020 in India, work from home has emerged as the new normal. It has undoubtedly given a new lesson to HR in business agility and would now become integral to workplace policy.

However, work from home is not a feasible option for manufacturing and allied industries, financial services, pharmaceutical, R&D, real estate and many other sectors. It is not a long-term option for IT and ITeS companies either. Organizations are facing several challenges – a slowdown of production, slump in productivity, ineffective team collaboration and communication and technology...


Viewpoint: The First Big Career Transition

I asked Shiv, the impatient Management Trainee the question my manager had asked me many years back. ‘Why do you want to be a team leader?’ Shiv replied instinctively, ‘Because I am ready to lead a team. Three of my classmates from Business School are already managing teams. If they can do it, so can I.’

Managing others - the complexity of it

Being a team leader very often means transitioning from being an individual contributor to a people manager’s role. That often comes with a salary bump and a career path that gets...


Viewpoint: Is Online Education Effective

What if content creators was left to a team of experts and teachers offered personalised learning in person or in small groups.


When the lockdown began, education went through a forced pivot (along with many other things like healthcare, retail and the office, of course). Is online education effective and what is the problem EdTech should solve for instead?