“We have three diesel generators, but we were worried in case we needed to be here longer. So, we arranged for extra diesel to ensure we had electricity for 26-28 hours, in case there was a power outage,” says Kumaran.
They stocked up on bread, butter and biscuits sufficient for everyone to spend the night in office. Since it was the monsoon season, the team had already stored up water for 15 days.
We were ready with our plan B, and we continued to strive for Plan A – a hot meal for dinner for 800 people – a near impossible expectation in this panic-stricken time.
With goodwill, three vendors promised to send meals by 8.30 pm. And they did. There was also Biryani.
“I felt I was in the lap of luxury during this horrible time. There was hot food, electricity, Wifi… I even went up to the 32nd floor and thanked the Administration team for taking such good care of us,” says Sushma Parameswaran, Consumer Relationship Management, Star India.
“After dinner, some of us got together and watched a movie. It was the best decision to not leave the office premises,” says Sohini Chaudhury, Brand and Marketing Strategy, Star India.
“At Star, we believe in going the extra mile to ensure our employees are taken care of, feel warm and comforted in times like this. Each and every employee is our responsibility, and we are all one big family,” says Amita Maheshwari, President and Head, Human Resources.
Kumaran and his team were in contact with top cops and news agencies and they kept employees updated with the latest information on water-logged streets, status of railways, and power cuts. We advised employees on routes and recommended they leave only once the water had receded.
We don’t leave any stone unturned and we go the extra mile for our employees, for our Star Parivar.