Lockdown brought smarTians face to face with the unknown. The way operations have continued for over 100 days is a testimony to precise planning, continuous monitoring, and exemplary hard work and dedication towards work and the associated livelihood. Video conferencing has helped. The water cooler talks have been replaced with virtual settings. There have been numerous talk sessions and video conferences for the last three months. The calls have been both formal settings to discuss work and informal off work conversations. This has been a great way of conversing with people and knowing how they are doing in these heightened state of anxiety due to pandemic & offering help and support and solace in any way possible. Some of the continued efforts by the different group which requires mention are given below :-
smartData Cultural League 2020
The smartData cultural league “Abhivyakti” was launched remotely – another “new” in this new normal. The auditions started in May and, even as first of its kind, there was a lot of creativity in this event. It fulfills our commitment to striking the perfect balance between work, life, and fitness. Another new aspect of this event is that the families of the employees have also been allowed to participate to enhance employee engagement and unity in diversity.
Our backend team has been on their toes since the start of the nationwide lockdown on March 22. We named them smart Warriors, which includes our IS staff, admin staff, and the seniors of all three branches, for their excellent contributions since that time. Such smart warriors ensured that # WFH occurred at all 3 sites without a glitch. With curfew passes, they visited offices to jeopardize personal protection. We are proud of our backbone of operations.
With remote work, this becomes a major challenge for reporting managers to ensure timely delivery of projects and also give technical guidance to team in real time. It’s a herculean challenge for managers to handle their diversified staff in various time zones and places. Engineering group has managed to compete without project failure or major customer concerns marvelously. To ensure our dedication towards 3C’S, Teams voluntarily worked on weekends.
Business Development & marketing group
The BDG team has proved the old adage “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going” with split teams covering 24*7 operations, this team has ensured that non stop business development along with client support is being provided during these crucial times of pandemic. Teams have 8 stand ups to ensure that the wheel of revenue generation is moving at a steady pace – The team members have been forthcoming with coverage of work even on Saturday and Sunday.
For a tree to be strong the roots need to be well-nourished and deep .smartData Management under the direct command of CEO has been instrumental in ensuring that stress of business continuity and sustenance is purged from time to time through daily interactions in the form of quick stand-ups amongst different stake holders based on need. These meetings have actually provided the needed direction and impetus in these very difficult and challenging times.
Human Resources team
Our wonderful HR team held numerous counseling and wellness sessions to help smarTians maintain a healthy mental and physical health by Yoga, breathing and motivational sessions with motivational speakers. This was done beyond their usual human resources function, which takes a lot of time in itself. In order to keep morale and smarTians spirits up, online events were organized including “Goatee photo challenge” for men and “post your best look” for women.