Building Bonds And Climbing Mountains In Gurgaon

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HR associates relax together by the Ramganga River

Our business in India is growing. The HR team in Gurgaon alone has grown 70% over the past year.

“Gurgaon is an important hub for us in the Asia/Pacific region,” said Robin Kranich, EVP, Human Resources. “The region attracts diverse talent with its cultural and educational institutions and tremendous opportunities. Gurgaon is one of the major centers for top-tier multinational companies establishing a presence in India — many of which are Gartner clients.”

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Taking a break on the ascent of the mountain

One HR Team

Vijay Kumar Jamwal, Director, Human Resources, India, with the support of Alan Miller, GVP, International HR Programs & HR Japan, initiated a team off-site to get a jump-start on getting to know one another and solidifying working together as a team.

“I felt it was important for us to get together as a team outside of the work environment, to build strong bonds and be ready to contribute to Gartner India’s growth story as one HR team,” commented Vijay. “I couldn’t think of a better way to prepare for the exciting challenges ahead than to experience nature and take on the physical challenge of climbing a mountain together.”

At the base of Kingorikhal Mountain
At the base of Kingorikhal Mountain

Pulling the digital plug

 

Learning fishing tips, tricks and safety measures
Learning fishing tips, tricks and safety measures

A group of 16 associates traveled the almost nine-hour journey by bus to the Himalayan Outback — arriving at a lodge near the Western Ramganga River. The team was introduced to the art of casting, learning tips and tricks for fishing and other safety measures. Afterward, they divided into two groups before heading out for an afternoon of fishing in hopes of catching the great Mahseer (the Golden Fish). Having no electricity and no mobile cell service forced associates to digitally unplug and appreciate the sounds of the river and the clear night sky as they sat by the bonfire in the evening.

Climbing mountains

The team rose at 4:00 a.m. the next morning and set out for Kingorikhal Mountain in the state of Uttarakhand. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayan Outback, Kingorikhal is a picturesque spot with an ancient temple where local people come to worship and many festivals are celebrated. The hike is considered to be one of the most difficult in the Himalayas.

The team eyed the five-kilometer climb nervously but quickly began their ascent — helping one another along up the steep incline. At the top, the view of the snow-covered Himalayas was breathtaking and well worth the effort.

“At that moment it became apparent that together we can overcome any challenge and, with trust in each other, no mountain is too big to climb,” commented Shreay Kapur, a recruiter for the APAC region and the newest member of the HR team. “The trip may have only lasted for two days, but the bond, trust and friendship will last a lifetime.”

Developing a deeper understanding

Listening to the sounds of the river by the bonfire
Listening to the sounds of the river by the bonfire

“As we grow, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress and hustle of the workplace,” added Liberina Rodrigues, Recruiter, APAC. “It’s important to remember that we are all human beings with emotions, sorrows, crazy hobbies and undiscovered talents.” “The time spent away from the office as a group deepens everyone’s understanding of one another and what motivates each team member to work more energetically and creatively — both individually and together as a team,” Rehana Nisar, Recruiter, Global Products & Services in Gurgaon, said.

“Providing an opportunity for the team to change old patterns, create and sustain new ways of communicating and collaborating, and support each other personally and professionally has helped prepare us for the next chapter in the Gartner story.”


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