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Innovations Happen When People Come Together

April 15, 2022   \\\   Posted By CandorTechSpace

Innovations Happen When People Come Together
Abhishek Mathur,
Head CRE & Facilities – India,
MediaTek

Abhishek Mathur takes us through MediaTek’s plans to make technology accessible to all.

MediaTek is a fabless semiconductor company. Their chipsets are used to power smartphones, voice-enabled assistant devices, HD TVs, wireless communications, tablet computers and navigation systems, among others. The company is headquartered in Taiwan. It’s Bengaluru office, at our Ecoworld campus, provides R&D, sales and marketing support to MediaTek India.

Edited excerpts from the interview with Abhishek Mathur, Head CRE & Facilities – India, MediaTek:

1. MEDIATEK POWERS NEARLY TWO BILLION CONNECTED DEVICES ANNUALLY. PLEASE TAKE US THROUGH YOUR JOURNEY AND HOW YOU HAVE GROWN IN INDIA?

MediaTek opened in Bengaluru in 2014. Prior to that, it operated from Noida, since around 2008. I oversee all
locations in India.

Today, MediaTek powers almost 99% of the set top boxes in India and 16% of televisions. Among smartphones, our semiconductors power most brands, including Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi and Amazon Alexa. Since 2020, when the pandemic began and work and schooling from home became a norm, demand for electronics have grown. So has MediaTek. In fact, currently, we are leading in this sector. When India moves from 4G to 5G network, India will be MediaTek’s biggest market.

2. PLEASE TELL US ABOUT RECENT INITIATIVES OR INNOVATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN UNDERTAKEN TO MEET YOUR ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

We are planning to increase our head count by 2,000+ people across globe. While we are working toward getting them on board, we will analyze space requirements and potentially take up more space in Noida and Bengaluru.

We will work on IoT-based initiatives to enhance employee experience. We are also working on greater digitization of processes and shifting to QR code scans. The focus is on improving employee experience, well-being and safety.
Considering today’s workspace requirements of our employees, we offer them a 6’x6’ workstation.

3. HOW ARE YOU INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY TO STAY CURRENT WITH THE EVOLVING CRE TRENDS?

We are working on an in-house tool for space booking. Employees can book workstations before coming in to office. Since our setup is largely R&D, it is always preferable for employees to come to office since this is where minds can meet and innovations happen.

4. AS ORGANIZATIONS RETURN TO OFFICE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE STRATEGIES IMPLEMENTED FOR YOUR EMPLOYEE’S HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING?

We have made a lot of changes in the office. We have ensured a touchless environment for everything from doors to water dispensers. We have done away with buffet and instead, provide packed lunches which are scannable for orders via mobiles. We are constantly looking for new technology that can make working from office 100% safe for employees.

5. HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH BROOKFIELD PROPERTIES?

Brookfield Properties took over Ecoworld campus in 2020. Currently, our interactions have been more with the real estate transaction team than with the operations team, and we are happy with the service. We believe that Brookfield Properties will help us in fostering our vision to make the workplace well-amenitised and safe and healthy.

  • Things he loves most about work: The learning and growth opportunity from managing multiple departments within facilities.
  • The most important leadership trait he believes is needed to ride any crisis: The ability to balance between stakeholders as well as the concerns of the operational team.
  • Motivate employees: Rewards and recognition, training and development, and the opportunity to learn from other departments.
  • His one wish: Return to office to work collaboratively.
  • Favorite way to reboot himself: Sports activities and employee engagement initiatives.

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