Silver Lining

Silver Lining

“Don’t be scared to see up the darkening clouds

There is always, a ray of the Sun, smiling beyond.” 

-Kaji Najrul Islam, Poet

These are dark times since last many months now everyone is only talking about the Covid-19 Pandemic. Talking about deaths, about rising numbers, about depression, about unemployment and much more negativity which is for no good. Therefore, it is better to think POSITIVE, of course, from the perspective of life, and to engage ourselves such a manner so that, we can at least try to get something good from this turbulent situation.

Since last 4 months, being a part of Prompt Personnel Permanent recruitment team, I have been working from home. At first, for a couple of weeks it felt so boring to settle and then I started to adjust myself in the new system and actually found it much better in a productive way. Not only officially as well as from a personal point of view also. I went through a lot of motivational videos, had attended few webinars by motivational speakers, and what I felt and understood, that we all have to learn and live in this situation as a new NORMAL as everything will never be the same as earlier it used to be.

Therefore, I want to share few views, might or might not be agreed by everyone, but sounds and feels effective for me.

STAY AWAY FROM COVID NEWS: 

Obviously, it’s natural and a matter of worry, therefore we are sticking to the COVID news and discussing the situation 24/7, making life scary for ourselves and also for our close ones. Therefore, it’s better to stay away from the News, particularly from Covid related news. I am doing so, and it feels better and safe, you know, sometimes, in some cases as they say, IGNORANCE IS BLISS. At least, Covid can’t kill you daily, minutes after minutes, seconds after seconds…

DO SOME SELF GOOD

As all our outside activities are barred due to the lockdown and all, of course, there will be a bit of more time outside your work hours, which we can use to develop ourselves doing some activities that will develop our creativity, maybe it is drawing, writing, cooking, painting, gardening or anything of your choice. The main thing is to engage yourself, don’t give your time thinking about Covid and Panic.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXERCISES:

Working from home, of course, makes you sit hours at one place without walking and going out and moving much. Rather, foodies like me tend to eat a lot of delicious foods,  to add to that No Gyms and health clubs are open during lockdown, so there is little chance to get away from your extra calories. Therefore, only one thing can keep you fit that is freehand exercises, and who can afford fitness devices at home, the point is, to let your extra calories burn, otherwise of course we will be less immune to fight Covid or other diseases as well. Doing Yoga, Meditation will keep your mind calm and delete your worries for at least sometime, it puts a great effect on our minds.

 TALK TO INNER SELF:

Being human beings of the modern age, we are always busy with the outside world and find no time to talk to our own self amidst the fast paces of life. Thinking and nurturing our own mind, self–check, giving yourself a little bit more space, for a reality check, modifying mistakes, and giving a bit time to understand our own self better may bring a huge change in fact, that extra time has been provided to all of us, due to the lockdown, make the most of it. Maybe we will not find time, if, of course hoping that everything becomes as it used to be. Isn’t it a blessing in disguise! Think.

TAKE CARE: 

Reading the above, one might think, it is easier said than done. And they are not wrong if they say so. So of course, if we need to stay in a better place than others, we have to try these at least, and we will see the effect by ourselves. But of course not to forget all the instructions given by the Government to keep yourself safe from Covid Pandemic. Take care of self, take care of the others. Be Sympathetic and Empathetic towards the Infected.

GOD BLESS

Author: Mr. Ratul Ganguly
Senior Executive Recruitment.

RELAX-ACTIVITY-MEDITATE (RAM)

RELAX-ACTIVITY-MEDITATE (RAM)

We all know that we are in Lockdown phase and maximum people are working from home.

The two common concerns which I came across while talking to any of my friends, colleagues, relatives and even clients is gaining weight since there is no physical activity& stress as WFH has broken the barrier of time limit of working hours and therefore many a times urgent calls/work at odd hours needs to be attended at that very moment.

What can we do to overcome this, as gaining excess weight& taking stress, both are injurious to Health.

I BELIEVE IN “HEALTH IS WEALTH,” and hence for me “HEALTH IS MY FIRST PRIORITY”

I read somewhere that “OUR BEST FRIEND IS OUR OWN BODY” and hence keeping self-healthy is very important. As I guess nobody of us would like to have SPIRIT/SOUL as a BEST FRIEND, right 😊

I know gym has been closed & we are restricted to morning, evening walks, jogs etc. But we have to live with it and have to find an option to overcome this, as nobody knows when things will be settled as normal.

We all have accepted the life which is now called as the “New Normal”. So, let’s add “me time” in this new normal life…

Let us have “ME TIME” for 1 hour every day for Self.

Divide this 1 hour of me time into 3 phases – I have named is “Ram”

  1. 15 Mins – Relax
  2. 30 Mins – Activity
  3. 15 Mins – Meditation

1st Phase – 15 Minutes – Relax

Calm yourself – Do not think about any of your pending work both Professional & personal, No TV, No Social Media just close your eyes and breathe. You may also listen to your favourite song which will lift your mood. Once you are in your “ME ZONE”, we will go to PHASE 2.

2nd Phase – 30 Minutes – Activity (It is time to get on the floor)

Get up and choose the activity you love to do (Please note Sleeping is not an activity, so you do not have this option during “ME TIME”)

  • Put Loud Music and do Stretching and Basic Exercise,
  • Dance, if you love to Dance
  • Stretching with Basic Yoga
  • Skipping, if you have space
  • Any other Indoor activity which requires physical effort
  • You have nothing in your mind, do some sit-ups, Squats, Lunges.

3rd Phase – 15 Minutes – Meditation

Calm yourself Down – Be seated in a meditation position and just concentrate on your breath. 

Believe me, just follow the above Plan for 6 days as Sunday is cheat day. It works wonders!!

Physical Activity will help you to remain fit & meditation will reduce your stress and yes don’t forget to smile 😊

Author: Mrs. Poonam Gupta
Manager – Client Service (HR Services & LLC)

How Prompt Tackled the Challenges during COVID -19

How Prompt Tackled the Challenges during COVID -19

Businesses around the world are being disrupted as we speak today, and as a business community, we have to find the answers for the here and now while also planning for the future. I believe that it is time to re-invent the wheel and start doing things that we have never done before. ” INNOVATION IS THE ONLY WAY TO WIN.” As Peter Drucker says, “The Best way to predict the future is to create it. ”

As we at Prompt Personnel successfully tackled the challenges that have come with COVID, we broadly categorize our work now as :

  1. Current Scenario and the Adaptability of the NOW
  2. Future course of action for the NEXT
  3. Technology support to accelerate growth and see the change in a disruptive world

So, how exactly did Prompt Personnel as a company manage these unforeseen circumstances and times? Here’s how.

1) Work from home was inevitable and so, the smooth transition of infrastructure, technology, and employees was prepared with a robust business continuity plan being rolled out even before the lockdown was declared by the Govt. Several team meetings and SOPs were discussed, planned, and shared for all employees.

2) Strong communication levels and passing on of accurate and transparent information was done for the first few weeks. A lot of hand-holding, con-calls, zoom meetings, and well- being of employees was monitored regularly for getting adaptability of employees to the new work situation.

3) ” The way you treat your employee is how they will treat your customers. ”  Customer satisfaction was always top priority for us and now that they were also going through similar situations, it became even more important to us. Employees were told to
show empathy, concern, and care for their customers and imbibe a “Customer-First” approach at all times.

4) Salary is a critical part of any employee's life cycle and their delays lead to ambiguity, fear, and stress for the employees. This was one aspect we took utmost care of, to ensure salaries were disbursed for all the months on the fixed dates into their bank accounts, just like pre-COVID times.

5) As the pandemic was in full force and virus spread in leaps and bounds, we ensured that Medical Insurance of all employees was taken care of, for them as well as their families.

6) Work-Life balance can go for a toss during this time, along with imbalances in managing work and household commitments. This causes stress, physically and mentally, so we started an initiative called #WeCareForYou for our employees, where we had fun-filled entertainment programs with employees, bonding over zoom calls.

7) Like every company affected by the pandemic, we also went through delayed payments, reduction in fees, lack of new client orders or acquisitions, and a total fall in business scenario. However, Hope, positivity, and dedication has helped us to tide through these two months of April and May.

As they say, “ When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going.

8) Employees when taken care of will surely ensure that your company is well taken care of too and that paid us dividends. They worked tirelessly for extended hours to complete work way before schedules, took calls from customers at odd hours, answered each query patiently, and had a customer-first approach to serve the existing customers. They ensured 100% productivity without any interference from the senior managers or the leadership team.

9) Received accolades, appreciation emails, and testimonials from clients for all the hard work and sincere efforts put by the teams, which resulted in referrals and new business avenues opening up for us at Prompt Personnel.

10) Revival and Reinvention of our Working Ways We changed our old methods and processes of working, started empowering teams and managers for their involvement in the business. We introduced GIG workers into the regular hiring and started outsourcing work to them. We cut costs of unnecessary expenses and shut branches that were not needed. We changed focus on new emerging industries such as healthcare, E-commerce, medical supply and services, food processing, retail, and pharmacy, and drug companies.

11) We used TECHNOLOGY to leverage and accelerate growth. We introduced cloud technology supporting software for our various verticals of business.

– Mobile Attendance APP with face recognition and geo-tracking, Digital employee ID Cards for employee Logins
– HR Technology platforms from recruit to exit introduced
– Latest HRMS software for payrolling for Compliance and statutory services giving online solutions
– Vast usage of Digital platforms for branding Prompt Personnel as Knowledge-driven Company
– Upskilling and enriching employees profiles with continuous internal L& D programs

Nevertheless, to keep our employees and work going at the same pace and strive for continued success, we rolled out a manual for employees during the lockdown – Guiding Factors on Employment Law in Unprecedented Crisis , Standard guidelines/ SOP’s for Employees and Organisations for reopening of offices post-COVID.

Challenging times bring with them challenges that none of us have heard of or experienced ever. It’s only with Speed, Emotional Strength, Mental Stability, Resilience, and Agility that we can overcome and sail through this situation, together.

Author: Mrs.MonishaBasakhetre

Executive Director of Prompt Personnel Pvt Ltd, also the head of the Permanent Staffing Division, Branch Administration for the Pan India Branches, IT Infrastructure, HR and ADMIN departments.

NGO

NGO

 

Service: Labor Law Advisory & Compliance Management

Client: NGO

An NGO client had faced a hit on their Fund-raising due to the lockdown and a donation event got cancelled. We foresaw an impact on salaries of employees during this tenure of lockdown.

 

What did Prompt do?

We advised the CEO to speak to such employees and be transparent about the issues / concerns the company is facing, also take consent from each employee about some minimal deduction from the salary. After talking to employees, they were so positive and accepted to help the company in critical situation wherein some agreed for deduction and some donated their full salary for the month including the CEO, which is the appreciable gesture. CEO thanked our LLC Team for ongoing guidance, prompt response and support.

Outplacement for CMS Employees (In-progress)

2 Hospitals (In-progress)

NGO

A global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry

 

Service: Permanent Recruitment

Client: A global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry

Description: Our client, a global service provider to the automotive and component supply industry placed a request for sourcing Quality Control & Quality Check officers for PPE products in Pune. They have got a request from one of the leading Indian multinational Automobile manufacturing company to help the government in manufacturing PPE products such as Facemasks, Suits, gloves, etc. for the healthcare workers.

What did prompt do?

Prompt Personnel was quick in providing them the candidates they needed in quick turnaround time and received a lot of appreciation from the client. Our quick response time, swiftness and thinking beyond business was highly appreciated by the client.

NGO

New Clients

 

We have signed up with two new clients during this pandemic, and both are essential services providers belonging to Agro Retail and Heathcare sectors.

Client 1: A Leading Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Processing Co.

Service: Temporary Staffing

About Client

It is an aggregator of Farmers, they get fresh fruits and vegetables from farmers and export them post processing in their factory at Nashik. They are entering Retails in Mumbai and Pune Market. They are opening around 10-15 stores in each city.  Later scale up in other cities in Gujarat and other states.

Manpower requirements:  Sales Advisors, Cashiers, Delivery staff.

 

Client 2: Home Health Specialist

Service: Temporary Staffing

About Client

The Home Health Specialist, provide world-class Home Healthcare services to 1 on 1 patients at the comfort of their home across major metro cities in India. 1 Lakh + happy customers across 5 cities & 22 years of experience in home health care.

Manpower Requirement  :  Nurses & GDA  ( General Duty Assistant ) for home patient assistance.

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