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From posting personal testimonials to participating in desk yoga sessions, employees come together to create positive energy
Deutsche Bank wants its employees to talk about themselves. In a recently-launched initiative, called ‘Real People Real Experiences', senior leadership at the bank — including CEO Gunit Chadha, who wrote to colleagues introducing the programme — wants to know more about its 8,000-strong workforce in India. Over a fiveweek period that began end-January, employees have been asked to write in with details about their life, both at and outside the bank.
Not surprisingly the bank's intranet, where the testimonials have been posted, is full of personal stories about staff, their families, their hobbies, passions and achievements. "In a large organisation like ours, it is hard to know all your colleagues," says Makarand Khatavkar, MD and head of HR. "We wanted to provide a platform where employees could talk about their work-life balance and their talents. There are a lot of good role models within Deutsche Bank, and we want to bring them to the fore with this programme." Adds Anjali Mohanty, head of global transaction banking, India: "Under the theme of leadership across levels, we set out to look for some such leaders across Deutsche by showcasing some of the real experiences people have had in leading diverse teams, implementing complex projects, driving innovation and motivating people." At its Mumbai offices, the bank has also organised other activities for employees. Some are pure fun, like the salsa classes. Others have a more covert managerial intent. Theatre workshops, senior leaders hope, will help improve employees' communication skills, while HAM radio classes will teach them to communicate better during crises. Desk yoga sessions may encourage more healthy living at work, while celebrities like film and theatre person Akash Khurana have been invited to speak about developing a more well-rounded personality. Employees see more takeaways. Rajiv Rai, a director with the personal and business clients section, says the testimonials "confirm things we had only heard about", like global postings and programme employees have been on. "Deutsche is a great place to work," says Rai. "We have a good work culture and we pay above the market average. But engagement programmes like this also help us sell the company better to our teams, when people want to quit."
- Labonita Ghosh