The festive season is here! The year has been challenging for everyone and no better time than now to connect with employees who have been working remotely for the past eight months. Sweets are synonymous with festivals, and what could be better than continuing with the ritual of sharing sweets with employees like every year? Given that  this year, there is a massive challenge attached to remote working, as employees continue to work from home from various native locations across India, we came up with this innovative idea of tying up with a start-up to enable our endeavour. 

Care for People is the backbone of our company, and with this initiative, we also want to help society at large. The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on Indian start-ups.. According to a survey, 70% of start-ups have suffered due to Covid-19. Around 12% of the start-ups have shut operations, and 60% are operating with disruptions. Our initiative is not only about engaging with our workforce but also to support start-ups in our own ways. 

With this holistic motive to enable society at large through innovation and spread happiness and positivity, we are availing services of a new social-commerce start-up called MyBy. Logistically, reaching out to 6500 employees across India across tier 1, tier 2 cities and smaller towns is a challenge. But this has not been a show stopper with MyBy helping us to deliver our employees’ choice of sweets to their locations via delivery partner Delhivery. It is commendable how technology is powering us to stay connected with our employees and their families this festive season. With this initiative, we are also rendering our support to the local dairy farmers associated with MyBy’s implementation partner Hangyo, a Mangalore-based dairy product manufacturer. 

This is the time of virtual engagements, and we are highly dependent on technology and innovation to navigate these unprecedented times. We at QuEST are ‘Born to Engineer Solutions to Advance Society.’ We will continue to explore many such innovative ideas to engage with our employees while also supporting the start-ups, local vendors, and communities who are grappling with the challenges of the new normal.

Niketh Sundar
Chief People Officer, QuEST Global. Niketh Sundar joined QuEST in June 2013. He leads the HR imperatives of organizational growth and transformation, capability augmentation and sustainable leadership, creating an engaged workforce, and honing HR readiness to empower business success across geographies. He oversees Talent Mobilization, Learning and Development and Global & Business HR. Niketh’s experience spans the geographies of USA, Europe and Asia. Prior to QuEST he was working with UST Global – a leading provider of end-to-end IT services and solutions for Global 1000 companies. As Global Head for HR with UST Global, Niketh for over a decade, facilitated building the required scale in management of people, processes and systems. He was instrumental in enabling the organization reach PCMM Level 5 maturity as well as institutionalizing UST Global values and propagating the company culture. An ex-naval fighter pilot and flying instructor, Niketh has held key leadership and management positions in the areas of training and operations in the Defence Services, which included command of a fighter squadron, captain of a war ship and faculty member at the Defence Services Staff College. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, Pune, India, and Niketh holds a Master’s degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management. He also holds the SPHR certification from the HR Certification Institute, USA. In addition he has completed Strategic HR Management courses from IIMs Kozhikode and Bangalore, ISB Hyderabad and a certification from the Anderson School of Management, University of California, USA. Niketh is based out of Bangalore.
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