A generous employer surprised his entire team with an all-expenses-paid trip to Ibiza and tickets to the Calvin Harris residence as a reward after their best term yet.
Ashley Jones, 34, the founder of personal branding startup Great Influence, decided to surprise his team with the news during a meeting and recorded their reaction. The trip was to celebrate the company’s performance in the second quarter, their best quarter since its inception in late 2018.
The company covered all costs including flights, lunches, dinner and entertainment, spending £7,000 in total. Ashley, who comes from Manchester, said: “The team have worked so hard over the last few months and it was the right thing to do to show their appreciation.”
The video, shared on LinkedIn among other platforms, shows Ashley breaking the news to her team who reacted with shock and excitement. Ashley, who wanted to capture the moment on camera, had to lure the team into a meeting room and tell them they had to attend a filmed workshop.
Speaking about her team, Ashley explained: “I also believe it’s my responsibility that while they’re working here, we give them the best memories possible.
“I knew the team would wonder why we were filming a meeting, so I had to convince the team to think we were doing a workshop.”
While in Ibiza, Ashley gave her team an unforgettable weekend filled with food, music and memories to last a lifetime.
Speaking about the trip, Ashley said, “I’ve never seen so much love for our company! It’s like the vacation has created a memory for everyone that they will remember for a long time.”
When asked why it was important for him to reward his team with such fantastic gestures, Ashley said: “Things like that are a bonus to what I think we give to our team, that is- meaning the feeling that they’re working on something they love, with people they love, and a boss who values and understands them.”
That’s not the only bonus the team got for their hard work. According to Ashley, in the past two months alone, the Great Influence team have attended the Parklife festival and even seen Billie Eilish and Harry Styles in concert. Talk about the benefits of work!