On 9th July, 2011, AscendersTech started off on its trip to ‘Laughing Waters’ a farmhouse on the East Coast Road to celebrate our third annual day in style. At 6:30 am, the Ascenders all gathered at the office at Parsn Manere.
With the usual Ascenders hullaballoo, the entire troupe fitted in three vans made their way to the lovely farmhouse beside the sea.
The event managers (Mr. Muralikrishnan & team) were waiting for us along with steaming breakfast and coffee. As soon as the luggage was disposed off, the Ascenders had their fill of breakfast buffet style.
As the event managers began to get their events rolling, we decided to finish with a little bit of business first so that it would be fun and games all the way after that. The new Leave Policy was presented to the company, tweaked and enhanced.
The workforce were reassured that from this year onwards, there were more paid holidays than ever; new special leaves were introduced; in general, the entire Leave policy was more employee friendly than before.
Immediately after the presentation, it was a continuous riot! The entire company had already been divided into 5 teams and preparations for this day had commenced more than a week before. Mailers were doing the rounds and colorful posters had been put up in both wings.
A smile box for compliments too, had been doing the rounds between the two wings and the onsite locations where a chunk of the Ascenders workforce were deployed.
The team captains introduced themselves with their nick names for the day (Dharamadi Dharmalingam , Tondiarpettai Dhandasoru, Adyar Azhagi, Soapu- Seepu-Kannaadi and Harry Potter Vaayaa) their vice- captains and their teams (Teams too had peculiar names such as 10 Thillalangadis, Jalabala Junks, Nava Kusavaas, Red Hot Oompaloompas and Adainagappa Pathu Peru.The real day @ Laughing Waters started with a Treasure Hunt which had all the teams in a mad scramble to figure out their clues and search for the next one until they finally found the treasure!
In between events, AscendersTech took the opportunity to recognize performers by awarding certificates.
We had various team events such as The Longest Line wherein which everyone literally fell over themselves in a frenzy to create the longest human cum material line!
Most events had representative members playing/ fighting to win points for their respective teams! For example Face Off had one guinea pig from each team to add to their scores by submitting their faces for a makeover!
As the weather grew warmer and more humid despite the sea breeze, the Ascenders found themselves shifting to cooler locations within the perimeter.
The day saw the Ascenders involved in a lot of heavy-duty team work, creative thinking and last minute preparations and modifications. There was a satisfying sense of fulfillment as people brought their heads together to plan, scheme, strategize, nominate and finally execute.
As teams vied with each other amidst friendly jibes and teasing, games unfurled themselves and every member present had a role to play with the sole purpose of bringing points and laurels to their respective teams.
In the evening during the much needed tea-break, our Guest of Honour, Mr. Jayaramakrishnan (popularly known as JRK), made his entrance. JRK enthralled the workforce with his hallmark witty conversation and gyaan before awarding the best performers with the traditional AscendersTech Gold Medals.
Bersin was recognized as the Star Recruiter of the Year and Praveen Kumar as Manager Par Excellence.
As the evening drew to a close, other games such as Kadhai Vuttings, Latent Talent and events such as the Birthday Celebrations took place.
The Grand Finale was none other than the Fashion Show! Everyone had been waiting for the event with baited breaths. Preparations for this event had begun a week before as there were to be two ramp walks per team – one in style and the other in CROSS DRESSING! The outcome was amazing and downright hilarious…
The prizes for the Sports events that took place in June were distributed and the awards for the day will be distributed in the next Saturday Forum at the office premises.
Dinner was served; people took a late dip in the pool and generally lazed around after a day well spent.