“What can we do to practice R.E.A.L.?”
“How can we add values to the lives of people we know?”
“What can we do to increase happiness?”
It was coming to the end of a fantastic year of 2013, and those were the questions we asked when we were figuring out what to do to close the year with a bang. There were suggestions about going for a short trip, getting gifts for everyone and having a staff team building event. As we were running out of ideas, someone stood up and said,
“Let’s sing for the kids.”
Immediately, we could feel that everyone in the conference room became more energetic. Everyone was smiling and started sharing ideas. At last, we decided to form a choir group and since it was the end of the year, we will all practice and dance to Christmas tunes. All set and we were excited to perform.
This movement to increase joy and happiness at work was started when Thai Odyssey re-evaluated the company’s core values. As we provide the best relaxing escapade for our customers, we realize that internally, we want to elevate the feelings of love and care amongst the staff too. In line with this belief, we coined our core values with this acronym,
R.E.A.L – Responsibility, Efficiency, Appreciation and Love.
Our first few projects to ignite camaraderie were to perform songs and dance to the beautiful people at Rumah Victory Elderly Home and the kids at Pusat Penjagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Taman.
More than 70 staff from lower to upper management, including some therapists, took part in these charity events. The most memorable was the singing together as we held hands and sang in unison to the spirit of Yuletide.
As we settled into the night, feeling contented for bringing heaps of happiness and joy to the people around us, we felt a strong sense of achievement. This is going to continue to inspire us to put love first in all the things we do. And we look forward to more merry moments together as colleagues, as partners and as friends.