Care for the people

Like many event companies during the pandemic, Team Building Asia had to trim its manpower for survival.

Despite business challenges, the Hong Kong-based company vowed to take care of whoever it was able to retain. Care packages were sent to employees in Hong Kong and Shanghai during the government-imposed lockdowns.

And as isolation eased and operations resumed, Team Building Asia built a whole new working environment that accommodated individual staff’s working style and lifestyle as much as possible.

As a teambuilding specialist, the company is well aware of the critical need to keep team members together, especially during challenging periods.

Co-founder and managing director, Stuart Harris, recalled hosting team lunches and dinners to celebrate achievements, as well as teambuilding sessions for employees.

“On top of this, we also encourage staff to have life goals outside of work, and to take their annual leave to work on and accomplish these goals,” Harris added.

Team Building Asia’s leadership is committed to establishing a friendly work environment, where full-timers get to leave work early on Fridays and no meetings are permitted on Wednesdays to allow employees to work on their individual tasks.

Harris shared that all employees are treated equally, with the same benefits and incentives.

From 15 full-time staff pre-pandemic to eight today, Harris said the team is “slowly growing”.

He considers Team Building Asia “lucky with the talents that he has recruited throughout the years”.

As he continues to rebuild his team, Harris is keeping an eye out for potential hires that have an open mind and are not afraid of challenges.

When larger events roll in, Team Building Asia turns to part-time staff who are able to commit to regular work. These individuals assist with event operations, warehousing work and logistics.

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