Holidaysplease bosses have promised to take all the online agency’s staff on a fam trip to Mauritius – if they increase sales by 25% by the end of 2020.

The incentive could see the agency fly more than 110 staff –
85 homeworkers, plus office-based agents and support staff – to the Indian Ocean island. And they will fly business class if they reach the target by the end of 2019.

Director Charles Duncombe said: “It’s a significant investment, but we think this will help create an extra level of camaraderie among the team.

“Up until now, the incentives that we’ve run have generally been individual, which means people are in it for themselves. We were quite interested to see what the dynamic would be if the whole team pulled together rather than ploughing their own furrow.

“Sometimes, as a homeworking team, our agents are on their own for a lot of the time. Yes, we have conferences and events, but nothing beats being in a room with your colleagues – except being in a room in Mauritius with your colleagues, of course.”

The incentive was revealed at a Holidaysplease conference in Birmingham last month.

“It was a bit of a surprise,” added Duncombe. “We’d talked everyone through our historical journey – we have grown 100-fold from where we were 15 years ago – but we wanted to inspire the team to continue that journey.

“What better way to celebrate the progress we’ve made than offering a potential journey for everyone to enjoy in the next 12
to 24 months?”

Accommodation would be provided by Beachcomber Tours.

Sales this year are 20% up. Duncombe added: “We wanted to make this incentive achievable, and it’s really exciting times.”