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Ko Chuan Zhen, CEO of Plus Solar
Known for his 'roll-up-your-sleeves' work ethic and principle-driven leadership, Ko Chuan Zhen was busy implementing WFH arrangements for his team in the days leading up to Malaysia's movement control order.
Although the entrepreneur has been busy with video calls and virtual meetings, he has much to be thankful for during these unsettling times.
How have the past weeks been for you and the Plus Solar team?
For me, one of the biggest perks of working from home is spending time with my wife and son. The downside is that I work even longer hours now and find myself hopping from one meeting to another, sometimes skipping meals. We have managed to launch our kick-off meetings virtually and it's wonderful to see over 140 team members still going strong even while working from home.
I believe in keeping positive and I've told my team that this too shall pass. It's a blessing that we're healthy and safe, but like many businesses - well, let's just say we could be busier.
How do you stay connected with your team at this time?
Technology has become our strongest ally, now more than ever before. To keep up the engagement and motivation among our staff, we regularly conduct activities such as bingo sessions and quizzes virtually. Leaders are in constant communication with their team members, conducting regular one-on-one engagements. We believe strong human connections create a foundation for stronger impact for businesses.