Ho, ho, ho! Santa came early to Vero!
We are thrilled to announce another significant initiative to inspire work-life balance in our team. Introducing the Vero Company Break, a new annual ritual starting this year where Vero’s five offices will go offline for five days.
It’s been an eventful 2023 – marked by countless impactful campaigns and events and the launch of exciting new business verticals – and Vero, as an agency, owes its continued success to our teams in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Singapore, who work passionately to beat deadlines and deliver excellent outputs for our clients in Southeast Asia.
To better prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead, the Vero Company Break will allow our team members to reset, restart and refocus.
A Commitment to Wellness and Balance
In our continuous effort to maintain team wellness, we conduct regular surveys to gather insights into how we can foster a better working environment and uplift team spirit. We found that encouraging the team to take quality downtime results in better work and life balance. Building on top of our Unlimited Leave policy which remains at the discretion of team members’ own planning, the Vero Company Break is a new way to prioritize the welfare of the Vero Squad.
- Scheduled Downtime: We will grant a 5-day break to all team members, contributing to their overall wellness.
- Office Closure: During this period, all our offices will remain closed, and internal activities will be suspended.
- Client Communication: We are committed to informing our clients well in advance through direct communication and this blog post. For urgent client needs, our teams ensure proactive communication.
- Flexibility for Critical Deadlines: Teams facing unavoidable deadlines during the break will receive an alternative 5-business-day break, coordinated by their team leaders.
- Emergencies Only: keeping interest of our clients and partners in mind, we remain alert and able to respond in case of absolute emergency.
Our First Break: Mark Your Calendars
The first Vero Company Break is scheduled from 25th December 2023 to 1st January 2024. While this period coincides with a generally slower business rhythm and a festive season, most companies don’t consider it an official downtime. With Vero implementing this as an official week off, we give our teams an effective opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the “most wonderful time of the year.”
With a refreshed mind back upon our return to the office (and emails) on January 2, the entire Vero team is poised to embark on a new year filled with renewed energy, passion, and creativity.
We look forward to building upon our successes in 2023, embracing bigger opportunities to serve our clients across Southeast Asia, and elevating team spirit for more meaningful collective achievements in 2024.
Here’s how the Vero team unwinds and enjoys a well-deserved break away from our work desks!
Work hard, play harder – well, at least when the work is done. Agency life is no joke – the high demand for creativity, tight deadlines, and back-and-forth revisions, to name a few stressors.
At Vero, we’re all about delivering top-notch service to our clients, but this doesn’t mean our team members come second. From implementing our unlimited leave benefit to our work-where-you-thrive approach, we recognize that fostering employee happiness and relaxation empowers them to carry out their finest work.
But it’s not all that we offer! Our offsite teambuilding activities are always one for the books. We take teams to places far from their work desks – where they can soak in the sunlight, enjoy the outdoor breeze, and indulge in carefree fun and friendly competitions, rekindling spirits and forging deeper bonds.
This year, the island of Bali in Indonesia, Ho Tram town in Vietnam, Antipolo in the Philippines, and Bangkok in Thailand played host to our memorable and fun-filled team bonding moments.
The big smiles, delectable feasts, and some competitive faces are just a few of what makes these activities rewarding and unforgettable.
Vietnam Squad at The Grand Ho Tram Strip
About a three-hour bus ride from Saigon, the coastal town of Ho Tram is one of Vietnam’s most idyllic beach destinations.
The Vietnam squad enjoyed every moment of their stay at The Grand Ho Tram Strip – from the beach-facing rooms, a buffet breakfast that’s worth waking up early to, to the fine sand and refreshing waters, the team spent three days recharging from the hectic work on the first half of the year.
Despite the unpredictable weather, the team had a blast with games that strengthened teamwork, camaraderie, and a healthy sense of competition.
And what better way to spend the last night in Ho Tram than a sumptuous buffet dinner with an entertaining lotto game with Saigon Tan Thoi!
Philippines Squad tests teamwork in Antipolo
The Philippine team is Vero’s youngest – but they are one of our strongest! Their July teambuilding activity proved their physical and mental strength and team solidarity at Phillip’s Sanctuary in Antipolo.
The team of ten balanced on logs and ropes, crawled through the mud, jumped through tires, and did a centipede race – all under the rain. The two-day activity, while physically tiring, provided profound lessons about listening and strategizing, concentration, collaboration, and humility.
It was a trip to remember. The things they’ve learned and the bond they’ve made will surely gear Vero Philippines toward more success!
Indonesia Squad’s Bali Escapade
There’s no doubt Bali is a tourist favorite, but even our Vero Squad in Indonesia finds the “island of the gods” the perfect venue to eat, laugh, and bond!
Courtyard Bali Seminyak Resort, one of the island’s top luxury resorts, welcomed the team for a three-day retreat. With activities ranging from refreshing morning yoga to snorkeling adventures and a serene beachside picnic, the squad emerged not only rejuvenated but also tightly united.
However short, the trip to Bali was a much-needed break from deadlines and the agency life pressure (although everyone still had to respond to client emails 😊). The trip also allowed the team to talk about things other than work and get to know each other beyond their roles.
Thailand Squad Sports Day in Bangkok
Vero’s Bangkok office has the most members, so it’s sometimes hard to see and talk with everyone. The ‘Vero Play’ event was a perfect day to bond through team sports, where everyone not only connected but also unleashed their inner competitive spirit.
The squad was split into four different teams for a whole day of badminton tournament at The Racquet Club in the beautiful city of Bangkok. With rackets in hand, shuttlecocks flying, and loud cheers from the sidelines, each team displayed remarkable skills and incredible teamwork.
And of course, nothing beats indulging in an al fresco moo krata after an adrenaline-filled day!