Rewarding Our Employees Through the Appetiser Perks Program (APP)

Appetiser Team
2020 has brought a new set of challenges for businesses and their teams; navigating lockdown measures, managing work-life balance, and finding avenues for personal and professional growth are just a few of these.
Despite a tough year for all, Appetiser increased revenue by more than 50% during that time. The single biggest reason for our success is our team of dedicated and skilled professionals throughout our departments. We place a lot of value in our people, which is why we will launch the Appetiser Perks Program (APP).
The Appetiser Perks Program (APP)
The APP is our way of giving back and investing in our team for their dedication and hard work. It’s the cherry on top of salary, benefits, and career development. With the pandemic cancelling holidays and team-building plans, APP gives our team something to look forward to. With every milestone, our team can expect to receive rewards that’ll improve their at-home work situation, teach them new skills, or simply spark joy in their day-to-day. 
The APP was developed with the insights we gathered from our team through catchups, satisfaction surveys, and one-on-one sessions. We take the time to listen and learn about their needs, problems, and ideas on making their experience at Appetiser even better.
After the first six months at Appetiser, each team member will be part of Appetiser Care, our charity initiative in partnership with World Vision where every employee gets to sponsor a Filipino child’s education in a community near them. 
Our list of perks includes rewards for professional growth. We know that when you feel good, you can do your best work, so we have a slew of lifestyle rewards to make being at home not feel like work at all:
  • Appetiser merchandise
  • Tech upgrades 
  • Online courses 
  • Subscriptions to streaming services
  • Food, shopping, and massage vouchers
The Appetiser way
The APP is not only a thank you for the great work our team puts into projects but also an important mechanism in building the culture of creativity and innovation that flows through Appetiser. 
We believe that it’s essential for everyone in a project team to be involved throughout the process. From the get-go, developers and product designers bring our client’s ideas to life, from strategy to the final product. Our team works on an array of exciting and ground-breaking tech projects, like with YouFoodz, Barbcare, and Vello. We believe that a big part of our success is because of the way our team works together. 
Working with Appetiser allows you to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in tech. Everyone can shape and impact our company culture through their contributions, educational workshops and our development programs. This impact is regularly acknowledged through monthly recognitions and quarterly awards.
Our product designer Annelou recently held a design thinking workshop to fuel our creativity. Everyone from the design to the operations team joined in, brought out a pen and paper to learn new skills.
Contribution recognition
Our team members are always celebrated and showcased in our portfolios. We highlight each member who contributed to all our projects. We live by the saying “give recognition where recognition is due.”
This is just one way we encourage our people to show off a little and be proud of their work. Our open culture empowers the team to challenge each other to raise the bar and push ourselves to grow collectively. 
“I love how the leaders are very open to new ideas coming from us. Having someone who truly listens to their employees is pretty rare to find in a company.” – Jermaine, Android Developer
Freedom from a remote work lifestyle
While more and more businesses embrace a new way to work, our teams have been working remotely since day 1. Take it from us; we’ve encountered and overcome every technical issue you can imagine (conference call lag included) and learnt a lot along the way. 
Through our experience, we’ve come up with the secret sauce to working from home: flexibility. Our team can set their hours and work from anywhere (with a good internet connection), as long as they get their work done. We encourage a healthy work-life balance. 
“Having control of my work environment is extremely important to me and this setup allows me to be anywhere I want as long as I deliver results.” – Eizen, Content Writer
Team growth and development
One of our first team members, Alma, started as a virtual assistant to Michael MacRae, our CEO, back in 2016. In two years, she built a complete project management division and a QA division, and was able to oversee the work of over 100 developers as our General Manager of Production. 
Alma is a great example of how we provide a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills and grow within the company. As the company continues to move forward, we remain true to our commitment to helping every team member reach their fullest potential and go above and beyond what they choose to do.
“My mentors pushed me to strive harder and be better every day. In Appetiser, with hard work and enthusiasm, there is no limit to what you can achieve.” – Alma, GM of Production
Our philosophy is that growth is up to the individual. And this is why the team has a shared goal of becoming #1 in the industry.
We are still at the beginning of Appetiser Perks. Soon, we aim to have a program on par with those from Amazon and Google—one we’ll build together as a team. 
The Appetiser Perks Program was launched Q1 2021
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