The second iteration of E&A Awards were held on September 24, 2018 in Powai amid much fanfare. The eagerly awaited E&A-wide contest set up to recognize and felicitate ‘the best of the best’ from among the quarterly award winners from different business units and functions saw an overwhelming response from E&A employees everywhere.
As a prelude to the event, the HR team built up the tempo through posts and chats on Facebook@Workplace. While the nominations for 2018 were under evaluation, a video competition was announced wherein last year’s nine award-winners uploaded videos of their experiences of E&A Awards 2017 and the video which received the most number of ‘likes’ was declared the winner. Similarly, video messages from BU/Function Heads were uploaded on the platform.
Excitement reached a crescendo on event-day with everyone waiting with bated breath for the winners to be announced in various categories including: Making a difference, JET and GET of the Year, Innovative Minds Award and E&A Stars Award.
Before the awards were handed to the rightful winners, E&A’s Head of HR Mr. Debabrata Mohapatra delivered a remark in which he explained the Rewards & Recognition (R&R) Policy instituted in 2014. Mr. Mohapatra noted how it had resulted in a seachange across the business and had more than met its initial objective of being a channel to encourage and motivate employees. The proof was clearly visible from the participation of employees in the E&A Awards. From 91 teams participating in 2014-15, the figure had more than tripled in 2017-18, with participation from 281 teams. He said that R&R had impacted E&A in three distinct ways: Created a culture of appreciation, Given a fillip to the culture of innovation and Valuing team endowment. He clarified that while individual contributions were valued, ‘team’ was the way the forward.
Dr. Hasit Joshipura, Head of L&T Electrical & Automation, introduced the illustrious Chief Guest – Mr. R. Mukundan, Managing Director & CEO of Tata Chemicals, acknowledging that he was the most fitting person to share his insights on achievement and excellence since his career epitomised the great Indian dream.
In his keynote address, Mr. Mukundan noted that excellence is doing the right thing when no one is watching. And while excellence in pockets is good, the challenge is always about how to scale excellence and make it a habit. He urged leaders to lead by example.
The digniteries feliciated winners in various categories and encouraged others to follow their lead.
As part of its efforts to strengthen its partner ecosystem, on July 19, 2018 L&T Valves organised an All India Distributor Meet. The gathering attended by distributors from across the country, gave the fraternity an opportunity to share feedback as well as gain insights on best practices.
Mr. Mahesh Joshi, CE, L&T Valves steered the discussions and ensured that a time-bound action plan was developed to address the issues raised. The distributors were briefed about the recent product and process developments by Mr. S. Kumaradevan, COO, Mr. Praveen Arora, Plant Head - Coimbatore and Mr. Shunmugavel H, Plant Head - Kancheepuram.
The highlight of the meet was the presence of Mr. S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO & MD of Larsen & Toubro and Mr. Subramanian Sarma, CEO & MD of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited. In his address Mr. SN Subrahmanyan shared the company’s plans for the business. He spoke about the need to reduce cost, and enhance the quality of products and services. He also stressed on the need to increase efficiency and effectiveness by leveraging digital tools.
Mr. Subramanian Sarma unveiled the new additions to the L&T Valves portfolio and launched the e-commerce portal for the business. In his remarks, he urged the distributors to enhance customer experience by providing them timely technical, maintenance and spares support. He shared his optimism about the market and asked the team to target a consolidated market share of 30%.
Mr. Subrahmanyan and Mr. Sarma presented awards to the best performing distributors. Mr Mariappan M, Head - Global Marketing, Product Management & India Sales, L&T Valves, played the perfect host at the memorable meet.