“For the past few days, I see almost no loss of efficiency so far, barring my inability to review new product sketches models and prototypes. All other discussions are often sharper and crisper,” said Bajaj. “On the upside, work from home
saves travel time, congestion and pollution. I am also getting more time for my dogs, yoga and swimming,” he said.
With the government extending the janata curfew until March 31, the CEOs have instructed their employees not to venture out and avoid unnecessary travel and help the nation fight the virus, even if it means monetary losses for few weeks.
Mahindra, who is working from home, tweeted that the group’s project team would assist the government and the army in erecting temporary care facilities. The group is also immediately begin working on making ventilators and its Mahindra Holidays resorts are ready to be converted as temporary care facilities.
Harsh Goenka, who is also working from home and is a social media influencer, listed several ways how to spend time at home by praying, exercising, painting, and watching TED talks among other activities.
According to the CEOs, it is important to remain in self-quarantine like other developed nations are doing. Ramesh Nair, MD and CEO of JLL, said he created a designated place in his house as ‘home office’. “I believe this is extremely essential for each one of us to do as we begin working from home. I have also shifted my Cisco DX80 from office to home that enables me to connect frequently with my leadership team via video conferencing,” he said. “It is amazing how in the grind of our daily lives, we miss taking notice of the things that make our lives fuller and richer. As I work from home, I am also taking time to enjoy this greenery during the short breaks,” he said.
Vikas Oberoi, CMD of Oberoi Realty, said the current crisis adversity is going to teach us a lot, especially how to work from home.
“Working from home is extremely efficient as we waste a lot of time commuting and trying to meet each other face-to-face. All this is being avoided now because we have to keep this social distancing,” Oberoi said. He said a lot work was getting down via FaceTime and without meeting face to face. “We have been Skyping a lot with our global consultants, who are based out of Singapore, the UK and the US. We are using a lot of this time to look inward and see how we can do things better and faster,” he said.