Over the last 2 months, we were under lockdown and had to maintain social distancing as a result of the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19. While many establishments and learning facilities are being shut down, only essential services and hospitals were open.
A lot of people had to stay at home and unable to work. However, Chillibreeze is lucky enough to have the ability to still continue to work and serve customers from our home. This is something very new for each one of us.
I want to share some of the team member's stories on their experience working from home.
Check it out!
Meet Nafissa Kharkamni
This past month she has been working from home. Her niece loves having her around the house.
Nafissa is an associate with the Chillibreeze HR Team. So when you apply for a job at Chillibreeze she will be one of the first you will meet.
We asked Nafissa’s sister: Since the work from home lifestyle what have you learned about the company where Nafissa spends most of her waking life?
"It is truly remarkable to see how a company can be so strong and also backed by a strong workforce. We can also see the amount of care that the company gives towards one another. We are very happy to see Nafissa grow in such a challenging enriching environment.
"We have never seen Nafissa so intense with her work before, and this is something that amazes us every day. What's even more shocking is that even with the amount of work that she does, she still manages to keep that energy and that smile. We can see her being so responsive and responsible for the company and her colleagues. We look forward to seeing her grow in her professional career as well as her personal life too. We hope and pray that everyone in the company remains healthy and blessed during these difficult times."
My New Normal – Nazarine Kharkongor
Like many others, even for me, this is my first time experiencing what working from home feels like, after six years of working in Chillibreeze.
No doubt, at first, it was not easy because I needed to adapt to this new way of working. It was a challenge for my family members, as well.
On the first day, I started with finding a designated working area so that I won't cause an inconvenience to my family, and I can also give my full attention to my work.
Each day when I start my day, I would sit there and this helps me in developing a good working habit for which even my colleagues would tell me whenever we have our meetings that they can see only that one particular background (hahaha).
Working from home made me realize the importance of having the right tools and good internet for me to be productive throughout the day.
All this is possible because I am part of the company that invests a lot in the people and technology so that we never fall short in serving our customers and people to the best of our abilities.
It has been more than two weeks now that I am working from home, day by day I get the hang of it. I plan my day like I usually do when I am working at the office.
You may think that is good, but you may also wonder how do I manage my time at home?
Well, I am grateful to my family members because they adapted to my new routine sooner than I thought.
The moment I sit on my working desk, they understand that my working hours have started. The only time that they will ask for me or call me is when I move away from my working area.
It's so cute some days they'd come and peep to see what I am doing. They are curious, after all!
But they do not interrupt me; they only ask me if I needed anything.
I am so thankful to God for giving me amazing family members who support me in every way that they can during this tough time.
I wish the same for all those who are working from home now, and may God bless you. Stay safe and healthy!
Suresh's Working From Home Experience
Now I Know What Daddy Does!
Did you know how to operate a computer when you were ten years old? Maybe if you’re my age, and from Manipur, then probably just a handful of people would answer YES.
I don’t think that I had seen a computer when I was that young. Today my 10-year-old son has a school assignment to prepare 5 PowerPoint slides on his own topic. No further instructions from his school teacher. Now He’s seeking help from me.🤗 😊
Fortunately, since I am working from home, he knows what PowerPoint is, and what it looks like, and what it can do just by looking at what I am working on every day.
Before he always asked me what do I do in the office. Now he knows at least something about what I do. I might add, he is also very excited to work on his school assignment. Why I am sharing this story? Sometimes, it's tough to explain what we do to our family members.
Now they see what we do and how much attention or focus we need to give in our job. We do not have to explain it to them anymore.
Now that we are beyond 30 days of lockdown, our family knows a lot more about our work life, even our Children.
Balajied Kynsai Tang
Being an IT person (we call Business and Technology Services), our role requires us to being on-site, and working from home has been a new experience altogether. Initially, I didn't know what to expect.
There was a starting point, and for me, it was adapting to the new work culture.
I am home all alone, so I had to dabble with cooking and cleaning. During the first few days, I had to rush to cook then hop back to work. I felt as though I had no time at all to focus.
I realized this was not going to work, as I am not giving my 100%
As days go by, everything started falling into place, and every day seems like a well planned day, and all my activities fit together like a puzzle. It was still tough not being around my colleagues and friends joking and singing while we work but Hey! Technology took over that issue too.
I started to appreciate my time going to work and coming back with that joy that I have done good work.
Being an IT person and working from home bothers me because I keep thinking of "What if there is an issue?"
The only thing that calmed me down was that in December, we anticipated WFH not because of Covid 19 but the recent agitations we have been having.
Our team made sure team members had an internet connection, and all the tools needed to work from home efficiently.
Trust me; when I tell you, nothing has ever happened until now, thankfully, that would interrupt the work we give to our customers.
Thanks to this amazing circle of a hardworking team.
I am dearly thankful to Chillibreeze for standing strong even during these times, and the whole unit is the backbone of it.
Kimberly Rhea Ropmay
It was March 24th when the admin team from Chillibreeze came to my house and delivered the UPS and the monitors for me so that I could easily work from home. Quite taken aback by all this and actually amazed at how fast the team was ready to act in such a situation, I never would have known that WFH would be the new normal.
In the beginning, I was apprehensive to work from home. Quite frankly of how my family would take it. The first few days were a real struggle I must admit, and it was for several random reasons like someone just walking to my room and talking to me and I’d get distracted.
But I told myself if this was ever going to work, I had to come up with some sort of strategic plan that would help me become more productive. So I moved all my things into my grandfather’s old office and created a neat workplace for myself. At an instant, I could feel the environment changing and I became more focused. Being from the finance team especially it was very important to have that privacy and still have that communication with the team with no interruptions.
And things with my family also seemed to change. They knew my work hours and respected that time even to the extent where during meetings my mom would keep a little sign on the door which read “meeting in progress” and I would hear giggles from behind the door.
It was an incredible feeling to know that my family acknowledged my work and its importance and, in a way, became more involved in it. If anything, this lockdown has taught me to become more disciplined and resilient. Positivity was key during this time I felt. I can't promise that every day it would be all sunshine and no rain (no pun intended) but if we overcome all these minor inconveniences we will surely be BETTER than our pre-COVID selves. 😊