April 2021 Issue
Dear All,
We are in the Middle of a massive public health crisis and unlike the first wave, this has hit you, me and our families this time.

Not a Single day goes without someone known, someone close reaching out for Help, with urgent asks, that we are sometimes unable to provide.

Still, we have to keep trying and keep remaining safe, by being Extra vigilant.

As AGL we have initiated our Support Group to p rovide help to our people in form of Advice, Help with Medication and providing Hospital information.

We have also identified two main support lines for all of you:
  • A Pool of few Oxygen Concentrators to be procured and Kept in AGL for the Usage of Immediate Family Members in case of Need. (though we will pray no-one ever needs it).
    We should have them by 10th May.
  • A Corporate Vaccination Plan to get you all and your Spouses vaccinated by May End and do that safely.

    AGL will bear this cost and will take care of logistics for the same across all offices of ours.

Till that happens, we need to take extra care of ourselves, and not only keep safe from Covid, but its impact on Mental Health too.
It is a scientifically proven fact that a positive mindset keeps the body's immunity better. In lack of medicines or vaccines, our natural immunity may be our first line of defence that we need to shore up.
I am no expert, but a few things that worked for me:
  1. Read books, Play with your Kids, Sketch and Cook. Do something that is Constructive.
    • Binge watching your favorite Web Series on NetFlix/OTT is NOT a hobby or it doesn’t help in the long run.
    • Reduce your Mobile Screen Time
  2. Pick up an existing or a new hobby, that you can spend hours/days. It gives a sense of Target and your working towards it and achieving it provides the requisite kick to your brain to make you feel better
  3. Create a Routine - though we will not be going to Office, and it may mean that our daily routine can go for a toss. This can make us feel lost in our mind.
    • Also, a routine will fool your brain into thinking that life is predictable. That settles it down a great bit.
  4. Video Calls with Parents, in case you live away from them. Seeing them well, soothes your nerves like nothing else does
  5. Once things settle down a bit, plan once a while meetups with Friends/Families in Open Surroundings. We are social animals, and our need to meet and connect with people we like can’t ever be satiated with VCs.
  6. If nothing else is working - seek help. Talk to family and friends or even approach professional Medical help. These are tough times and even the bravests and toughest need help sometimes. Its Okay to call for help.
These are just some of the things you can do to keep yourself
relatively better off mentally.
My best wishes are with you all and I am praying as much as you
all for this phase to get over soon.
Stay safe. Stay sane.

Rakesh Yadav Founder & CEO

People Who Joined AGL in the Month of April

We will come across a lot of new faces when we are back. Here is a list that will help you get acquainted with their names as of now:

Accomplishments

The Star Performers for the month of April are:

Industry Bytes

What makes an optimist in times like these?

Well, the ability to laugh a little and make the best of what you have at hand.

Here’s my secret sauce, the ‘5 THINGS’ that I do everyday to make Work From Home a lighthearted affair: -
  • Play the Netflix intro in my head every time my laptop boots up.
  • Learn to Excel before people start to Spreadsheet.
  • Try and uplift my motorcycle’s mood every time I go out to the porch. You see, it’s just ‘two tired’ to go anywhere.
  • Address my WiFi as ‘Minton’ so that every time it fluctuates, I can say ‘Badminton’.
  • End my workday sharp at 6:30 PM. It’s the best time on the clock, hands down
Hang in there, it will get better. Alternatively, if you need to escape, I can always arrange an ark for you, for I Noah guy.

AGL Cornerstone

Bhav Sharma Director - Performance Modeling
Destroy – Erase – IMPROVE

We are living in times of transformation. In the last 2 years, the way of working & living has changed not just Globally but Locally. Destroyed are the ways of doing work the old fashioned way. It is a “HYBRID” way of working - of communicating, connecting & creating.

Erased are the notions of “Digital is not for me”. There is corporate flexibility, headquarters 2.0, Work-ready homes, e-learning & familiarization for everyone, video conferencing at the heart of work. Hangout, Zoom, WebEx, Skype etc. are the tools that are making it possible.

We decided to make the Performance Marketing department at

AGL an agile and progressive unit 1.5 years back – we implemented efficient ways of working which includes automation of reports & alerts to smoothen the work processes.

Cumulatively, there are over 4000 accounts across different platforms which the department manages on a daily basis. Hence, there was a need to IMPROVE the working mechanism. The automation of scripts has helped us save time & energy, and we are committed & walking towards the new age of Performance marketing TOGETHER AS ONE. Think of it as RESTRUCTURING our CAMPAIGN for Optimizing the Effort Spent and Accelerating the Results We Deliver.

Harsha Punjabi Senior Account Manager

Inessential
Interrogation at AGL