On a normal work day in life, we wake up, rush through our morning routines and head to office in a hurry. Seldom do we get a chance to appreciate some significant and insignificant things around us. The COVID-19 led crisis and the lock-down has brought forth behaviors of people and a few incidents that we may not be able to pay attention to and appreciate every day during our busy schedule. Sharing with you some of the things I will continue to appreciate after the crisis gets over.
Solidarity: People singing and playing music instruments or simply clapping to uphold each other’s spirits across Spain, China, Italy, India; grocery vendors, medicine vendors working day and night when they have an option to close down; Police, Doctors, Government officers putting other people’s needs ahead of their own lives are some of the examples of solidarity we could not have witnessed otherwise. Let’s take a pause and appreciate the spirit of humanity.
Abundance: Full shelves in the stores and open groceries stores is a rare sight these days. Few weeks ago, when I was picking up groceries from a nearby store, I did not realize that this would feel like a blessing soon. Hopefully a few weeks later life will be back to normalcy, but I am going to appreciate the availability of smaller things in life such as groceries and access to the stores with a greater gratitude. No alt text provided for this image
Commitment: I have seen people at GROZ committing to their work no matter what the situation is. Their energies are amazing, their spirits are amazing. I would like to take a moment here to appreciate their dedication. Openness: Customers & Partners across the globe are now more open towards e-meetings. I am wondering if we can retain this trend even after the crisis. This would save a lot of travel time and cost. I will be able to transfer the value so generated back to the stakeholders. I am sure I am not the only one who is thinking of this.
Environment: Factories and Vehicles in my city have not been emitting anything for the past 8-10 days. The city’s average Air Quality Index of 200 is now at 35. I have even seen it hitting 1700 during some of the most polluted days last year. When I stand in the balcony of my home, the air feels lighter and breathable. This reminds me of the commitment I have made to the mother earth of keeping her green. While I am proud that GROZ facilities have been certified for international environmental standards, this fresh air experience makes me realize that there is a lot more that we can do together to improve.
No alt text provided for this image Family Time: I have recently found out that there is great satisfaction in learning recipes of dishes off Manish Mehrotra’s cook book and cooking them for the family. A game of Plot 4 with my kids brought back nostalgic childhood memories. These are my newfound hobbies and I am going to cherish them making sure I keep giving them some of my time. Pretty soon, the crisis will be behind us. People will continue putting their work ahead of everything, there’re going to be groceries in stores, there will be pollution back in the air. But I also know for sure that I will look at them with a different point of view. I am sure you also have thoughts similar to mine.
Four decades of running a successful organization. How would one think this is achieved? Do you get plug and play processes and systems that guarantee success? No! The processes and systems get built over years and years of improvisation. And who brings in this improvisation? It is the people who give their sweat and blood to make every day better than the last one. This is the culture that defines life at GROZ.