April 15, 2021 6:47 PM

What “People First” Means at Riversand

Saloni Sachdev

What do you think when you hear the term people first?

You may have worked for another company that frequently espoused dozens of cliché-infused declarations such as “People are our greatest asset” or “Our success rests on our people.”

Over and over again, you were presented grand, overarching – yet fuzzy – notions of what this corporate jargon may mean – and…you still remained skeptical.


Because too often, these were just words with no real meaning, and the employee experience was not consistent with the sentiment.

But not in Riversand.

Our People-Centric Approach Realizes the Value of Your Happiness

From the day Riversand was founded, our employees have remained at the center of our focus. And the reason for this is two-fold. We care for our employees, and we want a reliable and healthy workforce.

We know engaged, productive, and empowered employees make the right things happen. They delight our customers and help Riversand grow. And yes, taking care of our people or a people-first approach is a great business strategy. But that’s not the whole picture.

We recognize there is life outside of work, and we understand that you have personal priorities and goals that are important to you. In other words, we also value your happiness.

We Cultivate “Human-First” Leaders

Riversand remains committed to supporting you in your job and your life. We understand that you may have had personal issues you needed to address and resolve, especially in these challenging times.

At the same time, we know that you have professional goals to align with. Having it all work out for you is a priority.

When we say that Riversand is a People First Company, we mean:

  • You are valued
  • The role you fill, your contribution, and the results you produce are important to us. You invest your life and time in Riversand. By doing so, you make the company successful. We value you.

  • You are trusted
  • We are a team working toward the same business goals, and you are an integral part of it. As such, your co-workers and managers trust you to fulfill your role, collaborate, and communicate clearly about tasks that crop up during a typical workday. We trust you.

  • You belong here
  • We are an inclusive team. Fueled by a culture of belonging and diverse workforce, we are happy to celebrate our differences. We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas because you belong here.

  • You are listened to
  • Whatever issues or challenges you may face in your work or your life, know that you have our ear. Even so, if you have suggestions or input about your work or any part of Riversand, we are here to listen to you.

  • You are supported
  • This year has been difficult for some, and the near future may uphold more challenges. However, together we are strong, as we look to shoulder and lean on each other. Let us know what you need, and we will support you in whichever way we can.

  • Your goals are our goals
  • You are a professional who sets your own career path, and we will support your aspirations and achievements. We will provide the programs, resources, and coaching you need to develop your skills and career.

Having said this: All of the above are not just value statements; it’s about taking action. From the first day you join us and throughout your time here, our people will and always have come first.

As part of our culture – every month, every quarter, every year – we think about how our business strategies and initiatives impact the Riversand family members and how to make us better.

Our success is your success, and you are first in all of our decision-making.

About The Author – Saloni Sachdev

Saloni Sachdev is Riversand’s Vice President and Global Human Resources Head

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