Opinion | The perks of an open basement office

  • I am in an unusual location for a chief executive’s workplace: an open-plan basement office, in a mall in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj neighbourhood.
  • Both the office layout and its location speak volumes about Aditya Bagri, its occupant and group director of Bagrry’s India Ltd, a company best known for its oats and muesli breakfast cereals.
  • Each division had a floor by itself and people would just not interact with each other, so we decided we needed a more collaborative workspace,” says Bagri, who runs the consumer-facing company with Shyam Bagri, his father and company chairperson.
  • As with the case with many organizations today, particularly startups and multinationals, Bagri eliminated private cabins for all senior management, except the chief financial officer (CFO) and the chairperson who have cabins.
  • There are meeting rooms close by for private discussions, but Bagri spends most of his time on the floor, with the amount of time spent at his desk reducing significantly.

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