BBC World to launch 'Back To The Floor'

MUMBAI: The focus is on the basics of business at BBC World.

Starting Sunday, 4 January, the channel will air a seven-part series Back To The Floor, as part of it's India Business Report strand, at 11am.

The series will have some of the top management from India's largest business houses return to shop level to gain a real understanding of working life in their companies, interacting with their employees and facing the same challenges and problems as them.


The first series features Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani, who takes on the role of an ordinary shop floor worker for a day, says a company release.

Responsible for leading the $17 billion group into the 21st century, the 46-year-old Stanford graduate will work like one of the 2,000 employees based in India's biggest refinery in Jamnagar. He will be collecting oil samples and noting temperature readings and handling crises as a radio officer at the Port Operations Control room. In short, he will gains a real insight into life at the sharp end of his business.

Amongst the interesting moments of the programme include him queuing up for meals and getting into crowded buses and then returning to the boardroom for a meeting with his divisional heads to seek solutions for the issues brought to light during his time on the floor.

In yet another episode, Infosys' Nandan Nilekani takes on the responsibilities as a project manager for three days, he comes in terms with the pressure faced by his staff. 

Amongst another series of Back To The Floor is one where the founder and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals, Dr Pratap Reddy takes on a stint as an intern doctor and take an inside look at emergencies and complicated operations. The experience offered him the opportunity to listen to the day-to-day problems of his employees at various levels.

According to BBC World, commissioning editor, Narendhra Morar, "This is a unique series that will be absolutely fascinating for our viewers in India. The business leaders featured in these seven programmes learn many tough lessons about the reality of life on the shop floor, with cameras capturing every moment of the trials and tribulations they encounter while going Back To The Floor."

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