Our Member Sameer Mittal shares his lockdown experience in the Economic Times Magazine
Sameer Mittal is investing his lockdown time in specialisation courses, reconnecting with school friends
The Sameer Mittal & Associates top boss feels the pandemic has brought everyone closer.
Sameer Mittal, Managing Partner, Sameer Mittal & Associates LLP, is using the time he used to spend commuting listening to various audio books.
He told ET Panache, "I am also utilising the time saved to work on various specialisation courses on the professional front, which I had wanted to pursue for a long time but could not, due to time paucity. I have also been reconnecting with many of my old school friends, with whom I had lost touch because of a busy schedule. So though it’s time for social distancing, I feel this pandemic has given us time to bridge our distances with family and friends by connecting over phone or video call and has brought everyone closer."
The Chairman, International Trade Council in India, has been working from home.
"The team trainings are organised with the help of Cisco WebEx so people can enhance their skills in this quarantine and can also do the requisite discussions. Client meetings are also being held through Cisco WebEx or Microsoft Teams. I am also doing various self-trainings around different topics like analytics, power business intelligence and networking," he shared.
The experience so far has been good for Mittal. "The work output is reduced as compared to regular office because of the lack of infrastructure at homes, distraction from kids and family as well as the added responsibilities on every one because of the lock down, but we are managing well. In the coming time, we have become more open to provide work from home to our employees on case to case basis," he added.
It’s very important to start your routine properly, during WFH we often tend to delay our schedule and this in turns delays the whole day, feels Mittal. "Therefore one should try to adhere to the office timings. Further setting up the schedule for the next day, a day before, makes things fall in the right place. Review of work has now become the king, because as most of the employees are in a laid back mood, the work needs a thorough and timely review to make the wheel move," he said.
Mittal thinks over the past few days he has become more organised and open to technology and has learnt that going digital is the need of hour. "Extensive trainings and open discussions can help overcome a lot of bottlenecks in the process and tend to bring the teams much closer. Companies should be prepared for ‘crisis times’ from now, as a well-equipped organisation can sail through tough times," he ended.
From Economic Times Magazine