“These are comorbidities that can prove fatal when pandemic-type shocks rock the system. These dangers lurk beneath the surface during good times, and so it is imperative for corporates to be mindful of the first principles of good management practices,” he said.
On work from home (WFH), Birla said as India Inc prepares for a calibrated return to the workplace, it is facing a larger question on the future of work. “Many have opined that WFH is going to be a mega-trend of this decade. I have a slightly contrarian view.
The ‘Office’, after all, isn’t just a place where we come to work. It is a melting pot — of people, ideas, and conversations. The coming together with skills and experiences is what makes an office more than just a place of work. This is what defines culture,” he said.
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