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Zim Labs – Building an Employee First Culture

With the nationwide lockdown in force, many companies and manufacturing units are shut and others are working to a limited capacity. Pharma industry falls under the ambit of Essential services as it delivers life-saving drugs and other products that are very much in demand in these critical times. Zim Labs, a Nagpur-based Pharma research lab is working to its full potential with its business continuity plan. 

Zim Labs is behind many innovations in the Pharma field and its novel offerings of sanitizers and oral disintegrating strips are life saviors. To keep the plant up and running all the time, the employees have to work hard… really hard. In these challenging times, it will be akin to a tight rope walk. Zim Labs is a forerunner of Employee First culture and during the present times, it leaves no stone unturned to keep their staff healthy and more productive. 

Creation of a Healthy workspace

Zim Labs is known for its perfect and pristine ambience that makes work an enriching experience. It advocates its employees to take care of their hygiene and wash their hands at frequent intervals. Daily sanitization of the plant and maintenance of social distancing are the essential activities that Zim has undertaken to reinstate a healthy atmosphere. The staff and material vehicles are also sanitized and the passengers have to follow strict measures of social distancing while traveling. The fumigation and thermal testing chambers add to the safe practices followed by Zim Labs. 

Sanitizers with isopropyl alcohol are placed on the tables and, especially, at the entry and exit points of the plant. This inhibits the growth of any virus and cuts down its transmission. The newly created sanitizer by Zim Labs is creating news all over the nation for its effectiveness in preventing the virus. The company has provided its employees with enough supplies of the sanitizers so that they can also use that at home. This keeps their family safe too.

Establishment of Medical Facility

Hospitals and medical facilities are the most crowded places these days. Many hospitals have ventured into the treatment and isolation of corona affected patients. This has affected the medical care and attention needed for other problems and diseases. Zim Labs has set up a medical facility on its premises to give proper medical care to its employees. The facility has ventilators and other hospital equipment that’s the need of the hour. 

The medical facility covers all the emergencies that might occur at the plant. It houses qualified doctors who conduct frequent checkups and advise the employees on better practices. All the employees are advised to go for health checks in the facility. This is to ensure that everyone is safe on the company premises. A checklist of DOs and DONTs is given to the employees to check the spread of the virus. Whenever someone notices any symptoms, they can report to the facility for medical assistance and further action. This is a noble initiative from Zim Labs and this model is emulated by other companies that are working with full force to cater to the needs of the citizens.

Employee Engagement and Morale Boosters

What’s more of a morale booster for employees than employee engagement activities and celebration of special days. Companies plan creative and artistic events to bring out the extracurricular flair of employees and some use it as a platform for involving everyone in the state of affairs. Town halls are considered the best form of employee engagement activities as they provide a common ground for employees across the pecking order to talk and share their views. The top management gives a direction about the company’s vision for the future and seeks advice from everyone.

Zim Labs organizes a weekly town hall on Thursdays to discuss the management practices and initiatives to create better working spaces for the employees. The employees actively participate in the town halls and offer suggestions to increase their help to affected individuals and regions. This helps the company to take decisions that favour all the stakeholders and plan business continuity. Sometimes, even the complex problems get solutions from the town hall gatherings. Zim understood the benefits of employee engagement activities and started many initiatives to stand with the employees and boost their morale. This collective effort of the company along with the employees puts Zim Labs on the top of the Employee Satisfaction index.  

With all the safe working practices, Zim Labs is serving a dual purpose – safeguarding their employees’ interests and helping the society in the prevention of the spread of coronavirus. The company is boosting the morale of its employees in the tough times and instilling a belief that tough times won’t last long but tough people do.

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