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Mahadevan makes sure he sticks to a routine that is as close to his pre-lockdown one as possible. Discipline is the key for getting the job done. “I am at my makeshift workplace by 9.45 am on an average and thus am plugged in like any other normal office day. Meetings are organised and with the help of the Microsoft Teams,” he shares.
But while you may save time with the commute, Mahadevan suggests we put in more time into our interactions with our colleagues. “As a leader, your engagement levels with a team during adverse situations have to be higher than normal. I am in touch with most of the functional heads and team members in a structured manner. This helps me understand the teams better, which in turn helps me to keep motivating them through these tough times,” he shares.
Wind down in a lockdown
Apart from his work schedule, Mahadevan makes the time to wind down. “I love to listen to music, read news and other articles online as well. I also ensure that I do my part of the household chores which I carry out right in the morning before I settle down in my makeshift work from home desk,” he says. And he’s not modest about pitching in. “I have mastered the art of doing the household chores in terms of cleaning and organising my stuff,” he says candidly.
When it comes to getting back to the new normal, Mahadevan thinks that a crisis situation need not intimidate us. “One should always have a Business Continuity Plan ready. At the times of crisis it’s even more important for the leader of the team to lead from the front and guide the team through rough weather,” he shares.
On a personal note, Mahadevan is looking forward to travelling again. “I would love to be able with my daughter to meet our relatives before she heads out abroad for further studies. And enjoy every minute of togetherness with her and all the relatives,” he says.
Lockdown Diaries: Disciplined Routine, Photography Skills, Family Work-Outs Keep India Inc'...
Lockdown following the coronavirus pandemic has changed lives for most people. However, many people are working to find a way around the qurantine to be healthy, fit and more productive.
These business heads tell us how the lockdown has been for them and what they look forward to: