S1E2 | Understanding Hybrid Working

Work the Talk is an initiative that empowers businesses to co-create workplaces of the future through sharing and deliberation. The podcast series hosts conversations with industry leaders to explore and get insights on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities impacting workplaces across industries.

About our guest

Shikhee Agarwal is a beauty industry veteran with over 20 years of experience with global brands like The Body Shop, L’Oreal, and Keels. After creating a legacy in this industry, Shikhee has recently shifted to the spirits industry as general manager at Diageo, creating rip tides of change and inclusivity, a trekker, trucker, bike, and car rally enthusiast.

Shikhee is actively organizing and participating in rallies that create awareness on social matters, including women empowerment, helping the underprivileged and climate change. Thank you for being with us, Shikhee and welcome to work the talk.

About our host

Aastha Sharma is the Co-founder & Director at Veris. She has nearly 15 years of experience in developing & executing organisational projects designed to challenge conventions. Dedicated to creating inclusive and intelligent workplaces, Aastha has spearheaded growth strategies for Veris since its inception.

Beyond her professional role, Aastha is also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the corporate space, she works closely with several organisations to build inclusive workplaces across various sectors.  As a devoted mother and advocate, she fosters inclusive work environments and connects with entrepreneurs navigating the dynamic SaaS landscape. Authenticity and transparent communication fuel her mission for growth and success.

Podcast Insights

  1. There is a need for clear communication, frequent catch-ups and recognition for small contributions to mitigate the issue of balancing work and personal life in a flexible working model.
  2. Flexibility in work arrangements should not be limited to gender; it is equally essential for fathers and partners to have the opportunity to be present with their families. Working from home or other locations can enhance productivity when individuals have their own space and can focus on their work.
  3. Collaboration and building personal connections within teams are crucial for the future of work.
  4. Managers should be educated and trained to recognise and evaluate employees’ contributions, whether they work from home or in the office. Technical tools can aid here in performance tracking and assessment.
  5. Workplaces should prioritise inclusivity, diversity, and creating a people-centric environment. Embracing different perspectives and cultures enriches the organisation and fosters a balanced and happy work environment.