Today, we would like to share with you the story of Rekha, a valuable member of team Compare who had to endure more than her share of odds but who stood rock solid against it all.
It was in 2011 when Rekha decided to move out of the comfort of home and start working, a hard decision for a mother of twins, who was living in a nuclear family. She understood that shouldering the responsibility of the household with small children and balancing work will be far from easy. However, what gave her the confidence was the fact that the organization was ready to be flexible with her timings.
Since her spouse was in a job which required frequent traveling, Rekha used to work from home during her kids’ vacation and days when her presence was required at home. Her desire to carve a niche for herself in the work sphere, while nurturing the family, seemed possible with the organization’s support.
She started working with Compare as a Data Entry Operator, but her desire to learn and grow was evident in her work. She consistently outperformed her peers and took on additional work to accelerate her learning. The organization noticed her zeal and gave her the necessary training. Eventually, she migrated to HTML programming and her skills were further enhanced. Rekha continued to gain proficiency in the skills while also beautifully balancing her family.
A self-motivated individual always finds ways and means to add value to oneself as well as the organization, and Rekha set a fine example there. Her yearning to know more about the internet business domain prompted her to take on additional certification in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). She expressed her willingness to take on a role in search engine optimization, and in 2014 she migrated to the SEO domain. Her life seemed to be evolving beautifully with both work and family contentment.
However, in early 2015, she was diagnosed with a rare disease and her world turned upside down. According to her, the organization stood right by her side through this difficult time. She was allowed to take time off, as and when required, and her request to work from home was immediately approved. Even during the phase when she was unable to work due to her ailment, she continued to be on the rolls of the company with regular salary and benefits.
The treatment was long, painful and complicated; her spouse had to give up his job to be by her side. It was a time when she felt physically, mentally and financially vulnerable. But she is thankful for the regular salary she kept receiving from Compare. Her salary benefits included ESI membership, too, and she shares that this brought in a huge relief and eased off the financial burden of the treatment to a great extent.
With the grace of God and the support of her family she recovered and eventually joined office in September, 2016. The organization is delighted to see her back at the workplace and her zeal for work and life has not eroded at all. She is rejuvenated and her positivity adds to the office ambiance.
Compare is fortunate to have such dedicated team members who are ready to fight all odds to carve a niche for themselves in the work sphere, and the organization is always willing to stand by them through thick and thin.
In the last week’s post we emphasized how a change in focus has made a significant impact on one of our major portals. Today, we would like to share about the efforts that are being made for the last one month in another major project of ours.
We have been able to establish a credible name in the Mapping industry with our portals, products and projects. We would like our maps and mapping products to reach each and every corner of the world and to facilitate this, we had put up an online storefront a couple of years ago.
The storefront, https://store.mapsofworld.com/ is basically an e-commerce website for mapping products. All our products have been listed here and we expected this to be a major contributor to the bottom line. However, the store was nowhere near meeting the expectation. We did put in efforts to increase the business, but we were not clear about where to put in the effort. The numbers were not moving much and the viability of the online store was being questioned.
However, the Managing Director and the team had faith in the project, and they started looking at it from a fresh perspective. After much deliberation and consultation, the team starting working on primarily two things: ‘Innovation’ and ‘Reach’. For the last one month, the team has been working diligently on improving on these two parameters and the data is bringing in good news.
We want our products to reach far and wide, and hence it is essential that we make their availability easy. The website navigation has been revamped from the buyer’s perspective. By increasing the visibility of the products and the respective buying options, we have witnessed an increase in sale of digital maps.
Each product comes with a buying option – customers can either buy directly from the site or through the Amazon product storefront. It is worth mentioning here that we now have over 1,000 products listed on Amazon.com. The team is also exploring the possibilities of listing the products on other e-commerce sites like Walmart and Etsy.
We have realized that like every product our mapping products also need innovation. The idea is to develop unique products which take care of the niche requirement of our valued customers. At present, we have ‘Print On Demand’ option available only for paper and laminated maps, but we surely plan to change this for good. The team, including in-house resources and vendors, is working to introduce more P-O-D variants like magnetic, pin board and wall mounted maps.
The numbers will not jump overnight, but positive results have surely starting showing. We believe in our project and history has proved that believing in and continuously working towards that belief would always show results.
Yes, we believe in it and we will work diligently to make it a success.