A generous employer surprised his entire team with an all-expenses-paid trip to Ibiza and tickets to Calvin Harris' residency as a reward after their best performing quarter yet.
Ashley Jones, 34, the founder of Great Influence, a personal branding start-up, 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 Q2, their best performing quarter since its founding in late 2018.
The company covered all costs including flights, lunches, dinner and entertainment, spending £7,000 in total. Ashley, who is from Manchester, said: "The team have worked so hard over the last few months and it felt like the right thing to do to show appreciation."
The video, shared on LinkedIn among other platforms, shows Ashley breaking the news to his 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 needed to attend a filmed workshop.
Talking about his team, Ashley explained: "I also believe it’s my responsibility that whilst they work here, we give them the best memories possible.
"I knew the team would question why we’re filming a meeting, so I had to convince the team into thinking we were doing a workshop."
While in Ibiza, Ashley treated his team to 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 feels like the holiday created a memory for everyone that they’ll remember for a long time."
When asked why rewarding his team with such fantastic gestures is important to him, Ashley said "Things like that are a bonus to what I think we give our team, which is a feeling like they are working on something they love, with people they love and a boss who values them and understands them."
This is not the only bonus that the team have had to recognise their hard efforts. According to Ashley, in the last two months alone, the Great Influence crew have attended Parklife festival and have even seen Billie Eilish and Harry Styles in concert. Talk about work perks!