Published by : ET Panache
COVID-19 will script an inclusive, resilient economy
Pragun Jindal Khaitan, MD, Jindal Aluminium, moved houses earlier this year. In order to save commute time, he moved to his grandfather’s place, which is located closer to the company’s headquarters on the outskirts of Bengaluru. However, within weeks of him moving, in March, the country went into lockdown mode.
Jindal Aluminium resumed work from office only in the first week of June. Khaitan said the first day back was odd, as socialising had to take a back seat. “The very essence of human beings has been physical socialisation, but because of Covid-19, we have to maintain distance, even when we are together,” he said. “It, however, gives us reasons to build an economy that is inclusive, resilient and in harmony with nature.”Safety first to make the reopening process as safe as possible, the company took some preventive measures. These include temperature screenings at the entry gates, hand sanitisers throughout the office building, physical distancing, frequent sanitising of surfaces and the use of gloves and masks.
In addition, the staff was also educated about safety measures. “The team was told about myths and best practices and given counselling if required. We also had multiple yoga sessions with social distancing norms, which helped control stress and anxiety,” Khaitan added.
They started off with 25 to 30 per cent staff in the office, while the rest worked from home. “We started our plants at limited capacity and reduced production. We followed three shifts at the factories and a general shift for admin and other departments,” he explained.
Lead by example Khaitan advises other bosses to take this opportunity to establish new benchmarks and lead by example. “No matter what, you must support your teammates and society at large. Time will change, but people are here to stay,” Khaitan said.