As the old English proverb says, ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. So, to inject some ‘fun’ and variety into working life, the global e-learning producer Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) has introduced Salsa dance classes for its employees.
The classes began as a result of employees’ suggestions, made during TIS’s annual employee satisfaction survey.
Mr P Premkumar, head of human resources at TIS, commented: “With TIS’s 850 employees around the world having an average age of 28 and with 25 per cent of our employees being below 25 years of age, the idea to run Salsa classes was no real surprise”.
“At TIS, we believe that high morale among our employees is vital – to encourage them to be at their most creative in developing the e-learning programs that our clients need. In order for creative people to be highly motivated, they need to have fun”, said TIS’s chief executive, Sanjaya Sharma.
“So we decided to arrange for Salsa classes for our employees”, he added.
Initially, TIS organized the Salsa classes for employees at its headquarters in Mumbai, India. 60 employees signed up for the classes, which were held twice a week on office premises after working hours.
“This initiative has proved so popular that we are about to run these Salsa classes again”, Premkumar commented.
“In addition, we are now holding a ‘jam’ session every 15 days for our employees in addition to the many yoga classes we organize regularly”, he said.
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About Tata Interactive Systems
Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) is a global pioneer in e-learning. A part of the $14 billion Tata Group—one of the largest and most trusted business conglomerates in India—TIS has 15 years of experience in training consulting, designing, and developing innovative and cutting-edge workforce performance enhancement solutions. Its service bouquet includes Consulting; Simulations and Simulation-based Learning Objects (SimBLs™); Story-based Learning Objects (StoBLs™); Game-based Learning Objects (GamBLs™); IT Application Training; Regulatory and Compliance Training; Adaptive Assessments; Sales and Customer Service Training; New Hire Training; Electronic Performance Support Systems (EPSS); and Business Processes and Skills Training.
TIS employs a global team of 850 multi-disciplinary specialists—a unique mix of Project Managers, Software Engineers, Instructional Designers, Content Developers, Visual Designers, and Animators. It has a strong presence in the US, with operations spread across seven cities—Atlanta, Boston, Carlsbad, Chicago, Dallas, New Jersey, and San Jose—serviced by its development teams stationed locally. In keeping with the co-shoring model, the teams are managed by on-site Project Managers who co-ordinate with the clients and drive the project operations.
Powered by creative talent, sound processes, and technological excellence, TIS has developed 950+ e-learning solutions for more than 300 clients—including more than 50 Fortune 500 companies—across the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Its client roster includes leading corporations, renowned educational institutions and government bodies such as Allstate, American Airlines, Abbey National, American Honda Finance Corporation, British Airways, Citigroup, Cigna, ExxonMobil, Florida Virtual School, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, McKinsey & Co., McGraw-Hill, UNICEF, Unilever, University of Maryland, and University of Phoenix.
Apart from holding ISO 9001 and BS7799 certification, TIS is the only e-learning organization in the world to be assessed at Level 5 in both the SEI CMM and P-CMM frameworks. Classified as a Visionary in the Gartner Group’s coveted ‘magic quadrant,’ TIS’s quest for innovation and excellence is reflected in 22 prestigious industry awards, including Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award 2004; APEX 2004 Award of Excellence; Best Product at the British Educational Training and Technology (BETT) Show 2004; Training Magazine’s APX Award 2003; and Best E-learning Provider, Best B2B Web Site, and Best Educational Total Comprehensive Solution at the SIIA Codie Awards 2002.
TIS Addresses/Contacts in the US:
56 Roland St, Suite 102B, Boston MA 02129
NY/NJ & Mid-Atlantic
2 Lincoln Hwy, Edison NJ 08820
South East (Atlanta)
Canada & MI/OH/IN
701 Main Street, Evanston IL 60202
Rest of Mid-West
701 Main Street, Evanston IL 60202
Texas and Southern Mid-West
3601 Branchwood Drive, Plano TX 75093
Southern California and South West
7227 Spoonbill Lane, Carlsbad CA 92009
Northern California and North West
1762 Technology Drive Ste 112, San Jose CA 95110
Kashyap Vadapalli, Tata Interactive Systems, Atlanta GA.
Phone: 848-250-9723; email: kashyapv[.]tatainteractive.com