Indian It Firm CEO offers Bmw cars to his employees
Five employees of global software-as-a-service company Kissflow Inc were surprised when the company’s CEO handed over five BMW cars, each worth ₹one crore, to its senior executives to honor their loyalty and commitment to the company on Friday.
The five employees of a city-based software company have been awarded for helping their boss ‘mine gold’ and ensure the company weathers the storm of covid-19 that threatened its existence same.
The handover ceremony was kept secret as some of the five car recipients were told hours before the event that they were going to be the proud owners of an expensive luxury brand.
According to Kissflow Inc CEO Suresh Sambandam, the five were with him from the inception of the company and stayed with him throughout the journey.
Sambandam said some of the recipients of the cars came from modest backgrounds and went through various challenges before joining his company.
The company has also encountered many obstacles along its journey and during the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the investors even raised doubts about the success of the company.
“There were tough times. Even during the pandemic, investors weren’t sure that this company would support and build a future. Today we are very happy to have reimbursed investors and now it has become a 100% private company,” he said.
Few people were aware of the event, as Friday afternoon was the last working day of the week and several questions arose in the minds of those gathered at the ceremony, including the possible infusion of funds or any acquisition.
With much fanfare, the five BMW 530d cars arrived one by one and were lined up alongside the respective families of the five members, much to the delight of the assembled staff members.
“The cars are for those five people who were with me when I dug 100ft for gold (Kissflow set up while others left the organization half way through),” Sambandam said.
Asked what other employees would receive, Sambandam, owner of a BMW 6 Series vehicle, said: “It’s an inspiration for them. We want to motivate them (to be much better) We take much better care of our employees.”
“For example, there’s no sick leave or casual time off here unlike other companies. It’s just time off for them. If they don’t want to come to work, they can work from home. There is no attendance system like the biometric system and all…we know our employees,” he said.
Echoing similar views, Vivek Madurai, one of the recipients of Sambandam’s largesse, said, “We take care of our team members. They are motivated to perform much better in the way they prefer.”
The Navy Blue 5 series cars, each worth ₹1 crore was handed over to beneficiaries at an event held to mark the company’s 10th anniversary on Friday. Some of the recipients were only told in the afternoon of the fortune that awaited them and they called it a ‘pleasant surprise’ as some thought it was just an outing with the bosses .
The car recipients were Product Manager Dinesh Varadharajan, Director (Product Management) Kausikram Krishnasayee, Director Vivek Madurai, Director Adhi Ramanathan and Vice President Prasanna Rajendran.
“It’s a pleasant surprise for me. I thought we were going to have lunch or dinner with everyone. I didn’t expect that,” Krishnasayee said.
Sambandam, after handing them the keys, said, “These are the five people who stayed with me in the trenches. Without them, Kissflow wouldn’t be where it is today, and that’s a very small sign. of appreciation. I’m happy to see them enjoying it with their families.”
*With contributions from ANI
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