Kaushik Sridhar, National Sustainability Manager at Regis Aged Care
“A lot of the staff share in the mission and passion to help make the world a better place”
Since joining Regis 2 years ago as the first-ever Regis Sustainability Manager, Kaushik has brought significant focus to the company’s sustainability programs and initiatives. With previous experience in driving sustainability across a number of businesses, Kaushik has an academic interest with adjunct lecturing roles at several Melbourne universities. He has published papers in international peer-reviewed journals and industry magazines and presented at national and international conferences, expos and festivals.
When did you join Regis?
I joined Regis in March 2018.
Why did you join?
Regis’ values of Optimism, Passion, Integrity and Respect are aligned with the fundamental principles of sustainability. I saw the opportunity in helping Regis create value through innovative and sustainable outcomes for residents and staff as well as the society.
What do you like about your role / your team?
I love my job because I find a lot of the staff share in the mission and passion to help make the world a better place. This truly creates a collaborative environment to help facilitate change in the way we do things more sustainably.
The diversity of the role ensures that no day is like any other and I am always focused on bettering the environment and community, which makes me feel good when the day is done.
I enjoy the daily challenge of figuring out how to get more people across the business to think about how sustainability can relate to daily activities and operations.
What do you like about working with the elderly?
Many things including:
Humour – Some of the stories and jokes I have heard from the residents kept me laughing for hours; the greatest thing is that they are there to continue enjoying and living.
Perspective – Working with the elderly has given me a valuable insight into the ageing process and what’s to come- giving me an opportunity to think about what matters most in life and how I will look after myself and my family in the future.
Appreciation – A number of residents have expressed their eagerness and desire to speak with me regarding sustainability which has been a humbling experience. Even more humbling is the fact that a number of residents have expressed their gratitude openly for initiatives and projects that have had a positive impact on the environment. I can truly see that they really do appreciate the time and work we do which is rewarding and motivating.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Many people ask me why I love doing what I do. To quote Desmond Tutu, “I am a prisoner of hope.” I see a number of amazing people working on this agenda, and I draw encouragement from it.
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” (Gordon B. Hinckley)