With the Asian Games around the corner, India’s track athletes gave a glimpse of their progress at tournaments taking place in Europe.
Gavit Murli Kumar bagged gold in 10,000m at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden, Netherlands, by clocking a personal best 28:43.34 on June 9. Kumar’s time was the best by an Indian in the ongoing season. It was also the second fastest time by an Indian ever in the distance, just short of long-distance coach Surendra Singh’s national record of 28:02.89, which he had set at Vigo in 2008.
In Poland, Hima Das clocked a personal best of 23.22 in the 200-metre sprint. For the Assamese sprinter who had finished fifth at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 400 metres, it was a jump from her previous best of 23.59 seconds. It was also the second fastest time by an Indian woman in the discipline since Saraswati Saha’s record-breaking run of 22.82 in 2002.
Muhammed Anas also marked his personal best of 20.74 in the 200 metres on his way to winning the race. The 400-metre sprinter had set a new national record of 45.31 seconds at Gold Coast, becoming only the third Indian man to make it to a Commonwealth Games final.
In the 400 metres, Poovamma MR came first with a time of 52.94, followed by Nithyashree at second, who clocked a personal best of 53.27. Vismaya V came in third with a personal best of 53.30 seconds. Arokia Rajiv won the men’s 400 metres with a seasonal best timing of 46.20 seconds.
The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai
And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.
A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.
According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.
But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?
Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.
The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.
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