The AdvanceTrack team in India stepped up during Covid, when it really mattered. And MD Vipul Sheth knew that his longstanding team needed a special reward. This is the story of their life-changing trip abroad.
They say that professional services firms are nothing without their people. It makes sense that, for us at AdvanceTrack, the same saying rings true.
Quite rightly, we spend a lot of time talking about our operational excellence, and focus on processes, security and scalability. But these are underpinned by the technical expertise and work ethic of our people – without whom we wouldn’t be here.
With that in mind, MD Vipul Sheth discussed with our managers in India about a plan to reward and recognise some of our longstanding team members. A five-day trip to Dubai was then organised for 2021.
Covid got in the way of that plan, while Dubai’s global expo during 2022 meant that we had to hold off the holiday until 2023.
“The team never bugged me about whether the trip would actually happen, but there was no way it was going be off the cards,” explains Vipul. “We just had to be patient.”
And so, in April, some 37 of the AdvanceTrack team went on holiday together. And for 32 of these people, it was their first time abroad.
“When it was announced we were all very excited – a great treat,” says AdvanceTrack’s Mohit Soni.
“It wasn’t in our hands so we couldn’t assume anything about it. But it was fun, and no – I didn’t think I would have to work while we were away!”
The itinerary was a full one. There was a desert safari, cruises and city tours, along with free time for them to go shopping.
“They didn’t want me to have them in a conference room,” adds Vipul. “They chose to go to the waterpark instead!”
Aanal Shah has a young daughter, and was therefore reticent to travel. “But my colleagues said: ‘You must come. Don’t stop yourself.’ Everyone supported me on the holiday with her, and she enjoyed it too.”
“I would say that this is how it is working at AdvanceTrack. All the small things are taken care of for us – we don’t have to ask,” adds Mohit.
Vipul explains that he wanted to do something that “made us stand out as an organisation”.
“Part of that comes down to us giving opportunities that individually they might otherwise not have done,” says Vipul.
“The fact that we were able to offer that life-changing experience is really what it’s all about. It was an important thing to do.”
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