For them, workstations have been replaced by the favourite corner of their home, conference room meetings by con-calls and coffee machines by cups of coffee from their kitchens. But their excitement remains intact.
These trainees have joined from top Indian B-schools including the IIMs, MDI-Gurgaon, FMS-New Delhi, among others.
In a special programme called Power Talk, leaders from across the company connected with the management trainees to encourage them. They shared their knowledge, personal experiences, and challenges and how they resolved them, giving them a glimpse of corporate life. Besides this, group projects and problem-solving tasks assigned to them as a part of their training will help them build team spirit and get better acquainted with one another.
“It’s a very different beginning as we are not physically present in office,” says Abeer Om, an alumna of MDI-Gurgaon and a traveler at heart, an avid quizzer and a budding frizbee player.
“We had a virtual orientation and even online interactions with different business leaders that has helped understand the company better,” he says.
The thirty have been taken on a virtual tour of their office through videos and photographs – how the office looks, the break out areas, gym, yoga room, café and the Executive Business Centre.
Amidha Jaiswal who comes from the holy city of Varanasi is excited to start her career with Samsung, but says she will miss being in her new office and meeting team members and leads.
“Till we meet, we can rely on the technology around us for e-meetings and online calls,” says Jaiswal, who is a sports buff – a javelin thrower and a basketball player.
Tanya Sharma from ISB Hyderabad wishes she could be at her workstation, and use the office gym that she’s heard so much about, and only seen in photographs and videos!