COVID-19 has brought unforeseen challenges, for all of us as citizens of the world and as a community.
When the DDB Mudra Group transitioned to having a majority of our people working remotely, it was a big change and I am pleased to say that despite some challenges, it has gone smoother than anticipated. And if there’s one thing aplenty, it is the warmth and connection between colleagues, clients and partners to come out the other side stronger than ever before.
This crisis has forced us to reflect deeply as people and as companies. It’s inspiring to see how our people moved quickly to develop insights, come up with ideas and create them with our technology and production capabilities to assist our community, clients and their customers in this new environment.
I am also extremely proud of our people because given the scale of the challenges that COVID-19 is posing at home and at work, each one of us at DDB Mudra Group is proactively engaging with clients to offer them any help they need to tide over these times or working together with them to contribute to the community.
What is immensely helpful is DDB’s huge global footprint, as we are constantly in touch with one another, learning from each market and applying these lessons to our own realities. Because wherever we are in the world, we are all going through it together.
As the outbreak upends timelines and traditional work practices, our people have taken advantage of remote working tools to meet project timelines and continue the great work we are doing for our clients seamlessly.
We also have DDBFromHome, an online resource where people can find the latest communications from both DDB and Omnicom leadership, and resources about COVID-19. We also share helpful perspectives and thought leadership developed by DDB offices across the network, to help our teams and clients stay safe, connected and informed. There is a great deal of work that has happened on understanding behaviours, communities and connections in light of COVID-19.
Creative companies need something more than your average engagement plan. If creativity is intelligence and having fun, then keeping that spirit up when people are working from home takes work. Going beyond work, we have video calls celebrating recent promotions and birthdays, just so we can see each other’s smiles, wave to each other’s kids and amuse ourselves with that occasional pet jumping onto the screen.
The agency ecosystem has so many young people living away from their families and we need to make sure we all still feel connected together as the DDB Mudra Group.
Take for instance, the production team at 22feet Tribal WW who are proactively conducting a series of masterclasses to help our people learn something new. We also have Som, an amazing young planner, take charge and run fun online quizzes for our people. Rukmini from our Delhi 22feet Tribal WW office made a hilarious video of the many moods of our team’s WFH situation. Debjani and Anchal from our business teams give a surprise video call to one person in the evening just for a quick catch up. We talk often, we laugh together. Everyone is doing their bit. But it is undoubtedly a difficult time and when we need it, we can lean on experts who offer our employees free 24x7, confidential mental health counselling services.