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Great Place to Work® India recognizes Venkatesh Ramarathinam, CEO, Vuram as one of India’s Best Leaders in Times of Crisis 2021. In a very special study conducted by Great Place to Work® India, 75 leaders have been recognized for their exemplary leadership during this very challenging year. 25 of these leaders are spearheading mid-size organizations (having 100-500 employees), while 50 of them are leaders of large organizations (having more than 500 employees). Venkatesh Ramarathinam has been recognized under the large organization category.

This unique study by Great Place to Work® India was conducted to gain insight into the various ways in which organizations dealt with the VUCA environment intensified by the pandemic. Great Place to Work® India then validated the study with employees through a detailed survey.

Venkatesh Ramarathinam, CEO, Vuram said, “The recognition from the GPTW Institute and Business World on the Best Leaders of India during the crisis, is the result of complete teamwork by Vuramites, who work with hunger, passion and pride in marching towards our purpose and dream. My sincere thanks to every Vuramite, their family and friends, who have stood with each other, supported each other during these challenging times and worked as a team to ensure that Vuram continues its journey towards its dream of being the happiest and best nourishing workplace.”

Creating a happy and nourishing workplace has always been Vuram’s priority. The organization was able to sustain this vision even amid the pandemic. Vuram was hiring people and supporting its people in this tough time through multiple initiatives like offering interest-free loans, insurance coverage for non-hospitalization expenses, and introducing unlimited COVID leaves.

Besides supporting Vuramites (Vuram’s Employees), Vuram contributes to society’s well-being by setting up a fund to support the people impacted by the pandemic. The initiative has financially helped more than 230 families affected by COVID by covering children’s educational expenses, essential household expenses, and other needs.

The Covid-19 Pandemic challenged old paradigms of working and thrust the new normal on businesses and the workforce. While organizations have found ways to cope with the VUCA world, current times placed tremendous pressure on the leadership team to be agile, decisive and adaptable. There have been many examples of exemplary behavior on the part of senior leadership, be it redefining business models, redesigning workplaces to suit the current needs or ensuring the wellbeing of the workforce. The ‘India’s Best Leaders in time of Crisis 2021’ Study was a Great Place to Work® India initiative to identify leaders who have demonstrated exceptional ability in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

The study captured history as it happened by enabling organizations to update actions and initiatives regularly, while a short impact survey was conducted on cross-sections of employees to understand their experience during these challenging times.

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