Sitashwa Srivastava, Co-founder and CEO, Stockal Inc spends almost 75 per cent of his time interacting with people – his team, partners, and investors – and that can be managed on the phone or video conferences.
“I do have a dedicated workspace at home. It’s a relatively quiet corner and I use it when I have to stay stationary for a few hours – and write. There are days when I get ready early and then there are days when I am somewhat casual about it – mostly these are days when I don’t have early morning meetings or calls. I don’t dress-up as such. Even as a company, we never created the ‘office-formal’ work culture for our team,” he says.
Challenges are mostly because of the 24-hour workday for Srivastava. “All our customers use our platform to invest in the US markets – which operate when it’s night in India. So naturally, it needs late-night attention. I am fortunate to have a great team managing it all and we have created very structured work-from-home policies to help the team do better at night. I also have a late-night and early morning meetings because we have investors and partners in the US, Singapore, and the Middle East, apart from India. So one has to spend extra effort on managing time zones and health,” he shares.
Sitashwa Srivastava dedicated workspace at home.
With the lock-down, Srivastava gets to spend more family time. “Work-pressure gets released now and then. Weekends, and especially Saturdays, are almost exclusively for the family. We try to go out for a drive now and then, just to relax. Routine-wise, I am not a very early riser. I spend about an hour exercising, walking, or running every alternate day – generally around 8 am. Then breakfast, calls and emails for a few hours. Post-lunch, afternoons are for calls and meetings up to 7 pm. Then some family time and dinner. Around 10.30 pm, I get back to work for two hours and then wind-down around midnight,” he says.
Srivastava used to be reasonably active, pre-lockdown, so he tries his best to exercise three to four times a week.
“I also walk a lot. Most of my phone calls are done walking – either on my terrace or around my apartment area. Since I live in Bangalore, it’s all very green and fortunately, there is a lake right next to the apartment and one can walk or run around while being physically distant from others,” he says.
Srivastava does manage to do more cooking than he used to, earlier. “I am not a pro but I can manage edible food now. Honestly, the company is growing very fast and with fewer distractions, zero travel, and no traffic I think I can get more work done during this lockdown,” the 39-year-old ended.
Increase In WFH Raises Cybersecurity Concerns: 5 Tips To Work From Home Securely
According to a report released by online job portal, Naukri.com, employers hiring people to work from home has increased by 3 times as compared to the time prior to the lockdown and the number of work from home jobs has gone up by 7 times in applications and the last few months as compared to the time before COVID-19 disease.
Work-From-Home might just become a permanent fixture with many companies putting into place guidelines to maintain productivity and work-life balance. But are organisations also looking at robust cybersecurity policies for WFH?
Paul Ducklin, Principal Research Scientist at Sophos, says, “While WFH has become a necessity due to the pandemic, it’s vital not to let the precautions intended to protect the physical health of your staff turn into a threat to their cybersecurity health at the same time.” He shares his five tips for working from home safely: