Mahindra AFS Delivers Holistic Development!
The communication and connect that we build in an organisation can help us move mountains.
I have been a part of the Mahindra AFS family for 9 years now, few months short of completing a decade. In these 9 years, I have been through varied experiences across various departments. Starting off at the Nasik plant, I got a wide exposure and experience, right from improvements team to being a Technical Assistant to the plant head. When I moved to Chakan, it was for the green field project and it has been a great experience to watch the journey of this 700-acre plant.
Mahindra has exposed me to all aspects of manufacturing. I had been a part of plant engineering for 5 years and with a desire for change, wanted to learn something new. I had always aspired to experience the actual production of a vehicle as I wanted to see the real thing happen. Today, we produce around 130 TUV300 BIWs per shift!
Work and Learn
In 2011, we were introduced to the education assistance policy, which was attending tier-1 colleges on weekends. The choice was having the opportunity to learn at the cost of personal time. This thought lasted in my mind for only a moment as I came to realise something. Our organisation was giving us a chance to grow and learn. One can read a book and attain the basic knowledge; however, learning requires special attention. With this thought in mind, I enrolled for a one and a half year course.
Symbiosis had customized the course for Mahindra employees and it was designed to be industry relevant. At that moment, I was glad that I chose not to do my MBA immediately after post-graduation since it would not have benefited me as much as it has benefitted me now. Now that I have a team, I know exactly how to practice my learnings.
For the first time after 12 years, I was going to attend a lecture. We had been in the industry for so long and a classroom environment felt really strange. We got comfortable when the professor came in saying ‘park your designations and departments at the door, you all are my students now’. The best thing was that they were able to match up to our expectations.
Applying your learning
We interacted with employees from various departments. We got to meet people from design, marketing and so on. We sat together during breaks and spoke about our roles, shared our challenges and how we dealt with them. The feeling of collaborative effort came about when we discussed solutions to those problems.
The course was industry specific, yet provided us with an exposure to a little bit of everything. We learned about HR, law, strategy, finances and economics. Now, when I plan the budget, I know how the resources are moving and am able to optimize them to help with the costing. It gave me a bird’s eye view and a worm’s eye view of things that were crucial.
Earlier I had a team of only 13 officers, now I work with almost 400 associates who actually build the vehicle. We learned how to communicate with them and understand their concerns. Only when we communicate and connect, we can create miracles.
If we are doing the same thing for a while, it gets monotonous and dull. Saturation hampers fresh ideas. We must keep the ball rolling. It can be learning something or switching roles in a team. A new person in a team or an entire new team brings in fresh perspectives. Even in terms of career growth, not only we need to grow vertically but also horizontally.
This is why I love working at Mahindra. As challenges are thrown at you, they turn interesting. In team dynamics, people look up to you and you are expected to blend in with their unique worldviews.
Motivation is what works best. Keeping a team motivated is the key factor in getting them to give their best. Along with that, we need to see how to utilize all the talent in the team in the best way and leverage that talent for improvements.
Being at Mahindra AFS, being a part of its culture simply inspires me.
Have you found your inspiration yet?