Social Sustainability

Giving back to the Community

We are here to give our part to the community and create a system of volunteers to provide during times of inevitable needs. Taking advantage of the technologies at our disposal, we help the communities to develop in key areas of education and prepare them for their future. We tend to focus on all the parts of the community including social, economic, and environmental. They are all at the forefront of our sustainability goals.

Social Activities

  • GIVING
  • CARE & SHARE
  • DO GOOD
  • PANDEMIC RESPONSE

 

Transforming the trajectory of people's lives

Working to the idea that it’s our obligation to provide sincere tribute to the world and help society to prosper, we dedicate ourselves to our social responsibility with a major focus on creating opportunities for minority groups and underprivileged individuals. We provide education, professional development and mentorship, enabling them to transform the trajectory of their lives and in turn become the business leaders of tomorrow.

Empowering people to make change

We empower our people to make change, providing them with the opportunity, time and resources to give back to the communities they live and work in. We also support a number charities through a range of membership and partnership schemes, providing a range of support to our local and global communities.

 

Roswell City Hall Community

Due to the pandemic, many people were out of work and finding it difficult to support their families with basic essentials such as food and toiletries. VDart came forward and surprised the community near Roswell City Hall, Georgia by distributing Fruits, Vegetables, Milk, etc.

Plano Fire Department

VDart Digital Plano Team, provided lunch on a weekend to the local sheriff officers at the Plano Police Department.

Inter-School District Kiddies Athletic

This is one of the annual flagship initiatives of VDart which teaches the value of sports and physical activities to the children of today. Through this initiative, VDart sponsors a two-day inter-school district athletics meet where 1500+ students participate in various activities and sports.

VDart NEET Awareness Program

NEET is one of the top entrance examinations conducted pan India for admissions at top medical colleges. In-order to create better awareness towards this examination, VDart conducted a program in two schools of  Tamil Nadu, specially designed for the school children to have a better understanding of a career in the medical field.

Career Planning Drive

To have a clear understanding of one’s path in their professional life is a big thing to achieve. Having a similar mindset, VDart conducted a career planning drive at ICICI Academy, Trichy to help young aspirates have a broader understanding of the professional platform ahead.

Plano Police Department

VDart Digital Plano Team, provided lunch on a weekend to the local sheriff officers at the Plano Police Department. We salute First Responders for their commitment to caring and protecting the community.

Donated Winter Kit

VDart partnered with PBJ Outreach, Detroit to distribute backpacks with much needed winter supplies for 300 homeless people in the Detroit area near TCF Center.

 

Live Traffic Pole Initiative

To address the major issue of signal jumping and reduce the number of accidents on the highway, VDart funded the project under the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The sponsored LED digital traffic lights were installed on the traffic pole at the Mannarpuram roundabout and tested for a week by the Trichy Police Department after which the Commissioner of Police together with VDart inaugurated the Live Traffic Pole Initiative. 50,000 Avg. No. of Vehicles per day crossing the Mannarpuram signal are getting benefitted.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

During the time of Diwali, the Festival of Light - VDart came across concerning news about a family in Trichy. Having lost their jobs as site workers due to the pandemic, this family of 3 children and their parents, were starving for many days and had no clothes, let along crackers to celebrate this festive occasion.

Feed the Needy Initiative

This initiative was focused on helping the homeless people by distributing 50 food packets near hunger spots around Trichy every month. This initiative was one of the most imperative ones as most of these people are old, unfit for work, or do odd jobs at bare minimum wages, turning towards the streets and roadsides for shelter.

 

The transformation of business and operating model had become necessary during the COVID19 pandemic crisis. However, this has made the business to see the transformation more sustainable and rethink the idea of wellbeing of their employees, customers and society at large.

COVID Relief Material to Tribal Community in Sirumalai

Ponnuruvi is a tribal community consisting of 29 families with more than 60 adults and children living in the dense forest of Sirumalai, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. Having a very little grasp on the local common tongue and unequipped with the knowledge to fight this pandemic, these people were left with no food or shelter for several days. Upon hearing this from a social media initiative, VDart came forward and arranged a three-week supply of groceries and sundries to the families of the tribe.

Plasma Donation Initiative

Amidst this pandemic, the importance of convalescent plasma therapy for the stronger recovery of COVID19 patients cannot be stressed more by the nation’s leading doctors and therapists. VDart Inc did hear this call for need and a hero amongst them, Mr. G. Kathiresan, came forward to donate plasma during a very needful situation. Encouraging other employees and friends to come forward and do the same.

Sponsor to Frontline Warriers

Doctors and police have been the front line of defence towards the slow but strong recovery against COVID19. But these brave people do need whatever help they can get from the community. VDart Inc came forward and lent a helping hand by sponsoring 1500 hand sanitizers and 4500 pair of gloves to the Trichy Police Commissioner Office to be distributed amongst the on-duty officials so that they can conduct their work safe and sound.During this pandemic, a complete lockdown scenario caused a lot of hassle for medical professionals and nurses to commute to the hospitals for work. Understanding the importance of medical staff to be present at facilities at this time of need, VDart went ahead and supported one such hospital (Kauvery Medical Centre) by providing transport for their entire staff for 45 days.

Social Activities

  • GIVING
  • CARE & SHARE
  • DO GOOD
  • PANDEMIC RESPONSE
 

Transforming the trajectory of people's lives

Working to the idea that it’s our obligation to provide sincere tribute to the world and help society to prosper, we dedicate ourselves to our social responsibility with a major focus on creating opportunities for minority groups and underprivileged individuals. We provide education, professional development and mentorship, enabling them to transform the trajectory of their lives and in turn become the business leaders of tomorrow.

Empowering people to make change

We empower our people to make change, providing them with the opportunity, time and resources to give back to the communities they live and work in. We also support a number charities through a range of membership and partnership schemes, providing a range of support to our local and global communities.

 

Roswell City Hall Community

Due to the pandemic, many people were out of work and finding it difficult to support their families with basic essentials such as food and toiletries. VDart came forward and surprised the community near Roswell City Hall, Georgia by distributing Fruits, Vegetables, Milk, etc.

Plano Fire Department

VDart Digital Plano Team, provided lunch on a weekend to the local sheriff officers at the Plano Police Department.

Inter-School District Kiddies Athletic

This is one of the annual flagship initiatives of VDart which teaches the value of sports and physical activities to the children of today. Through this initiative, VDart sponsors a two-day inter-school district athletics meet where 1500+ students participate in various activities and sports.

VDart NEET Awareness Program

NEET is one of the top entrance examinations conducted pan India for admissions at top medical colleges. In-order to create better awareness towards this examination, VDart conducted a program in two schools of  Tamil Nadu, specially designed for the school children to have a better understanding of a career in the medical field.

Career Planning Drive

To have a clear understanding of one’s path in their professional life is a big thing to achieve. Having a similar mindset, VDart conducted a career planning drive at ICICI Academy, Trichy to help young aspirates have a broader understanding of the professional platform ahead.

Plano Police Department

VDart Digital Plano Team, provided lunch on a weekend to the local sheriff officers at the Plano Police Department. We salute First Responders for their commitment to caring and protecting the community.

Donated Winter Kit

VDart partnered with PBJ Outreach, Detroit to distribute backpacks with much needed winter supplies for 300 homeless people in the Detroit area near TCF Center.

 

Live Traffic Pole Initiative

To address the major issue of signal jumping and reduce the number of accidents on the highway, VDart funded the project under the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The sponsored LED digital traffic lights were installed on the traffic pole at the Mannarpuram roundabout and tested for a week by the Trichy Police Department after which the Commissioner of Police together with VDart inaugurated the Live Traffic Pole Initiative. 50,000 Avg. No. of Vehicles per day crossing the Mannarpuram signal are getting benefitted.

Diwali, the Festival of Lights

During the time of Diwali, the Festival of Light - VDart came across concerning news about a family in Trichy. Having lost their jobs as site workers due to the pandemic, this family of 3 children and their parents, were starving for many days and had no clothes, let along crackers to celebrate this festive occasion.

Feed the Needy Initiative

This initiative was focused on helping the homeless people by distributing 50 food packets near hunger spots around Trichy every month. This initiative was one of the most imperative ones as most of these people are old, unfit for work, or do odd jobs at bare minimum wages, turning towards the streets and roadsides for shelter.

 

The transformation of business and operating model had become necessary during the COVID19 pandemic crisis. However, this has made the business to see the transformation more sustainable and rethink the idea of wellbeing of their employees, customers and society at large.

COVID Relief Material to Tribal Community in Sirumalai

Ponnuruvi is a tribal community consisting of 29 families with more than 60 adults and children living in the dense forest of Sirumalai, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu. Having a very little grasp on the local common tongue and unequipped with the knowledge to fight this pandemic, these people were left with no food or shelter for several days. Upon hearing this from a social media initiative, VDart came forward and arranged a three-week supply of groceries and sundries to the families of the tribe.

Plasma Donation Initiative

Amidst this pandemic, the importance of convalescent plasma therapy for the stronger recovery of COVID19 patients cannot be stressed more by the nation’s leading doctors and therapists. VDart Inc did hear this call for need and a hero amongst them, Mr. G. Kathiresan, came forward to donate plasma during a very needful situation. Encouraging other employees and friends to come forward and do the same.

Sponsor to Frontline Warriers

Doctors and police have been the front line of defence towards the slow but strong recovery against COVID19. But these brave people do need whatever help they can get from the community. VDart Inc came forward and lent a helping hand by sponsoring 1500 hand sanitizers and 4500 pair of gloves to the Trichy Police Commissioner Office to be distributed amongst the on-duty officials so that they can conduct their work safe and sound.During this pandemic, a complete lockdown scenario caused a lot of hassle for medical professionals and nurses to commute to the hospitals for work. Understanding the importance of medical staff to be present at facilities at this time of need, VDart went ahead and supported one such hospital (Kauvery Medical Centre) by providing transport for their entire staff for 45 days.

2021 VDart ESG Report

See how VDart’s pursuit of an environmental, social, governance (ESG) agenda serves the interest of many stakeholders: associates, clients, partners, investors and shareholders. Read Our Corporate Citizenship Report 2021 now.

Internal Activities

  • GWLI
  • EMPLOYEE WELLBEING
  • LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
  • LEARNING ORGANIZATION

 

VDart has been a frontrunner for People Development with one of our Credos being “We are invested in our People Development.” Staying true to our core values, GWLI- Global Women Leadership Initiative was launched by our CEO, Sidd Ahmed in December 2019 to promote organizational inclusivity and empowerment of women employees by developing their leadership skills. The primary objective of GWLI is to increase the pipeline of future ready female leaders to take on roles and responsibilities that impact our organization’s ability to thrive as we grow and expand enabling women employees advance both professionally and personally.

To spearhead this initiative, VDart appointed an advisory board member for Diversity & Inclusion to guide and steer us through the various aspects of women leadership be it breaking barriers, building confidence, and spreading awareness on the powerful inherent skills women possess to be natural leaders. GWLI has been founded on four key pillars and has progressed successfully to its second year in 2021 by aligning all our programs with these pillars. key milestone programs.

a. Personal & Professional development

b. Mentoring & Sponsoring

c. Visibility & Storytelling

d. A Culture where women can thrive

The following summary of events and milestone programs will exhibit how we have strengthened GWLI in 2021.

Formation of Committee and selection of Engagement Council Members for GWLI

A significant accomplishment for the year 2021 was the establishment of a committee with specific designated roles for each committee members to manage the functioning and communications of the GWLI programs and networking. We have 6 members in core committee and 10 designated SPOCS (Single Point of Contact) for each team.

Women History Month/Celebrating Womanhood

The month of March saw social media campaigns across all platforms where testimonials of women VDart employees were gathered and published. Many of them were about their strongest inspirations, reasons for being inspired, their expectations and aspirations and others. To celebrate Women’s Day, VDart sent out gifts to all the women employees as an expression of appreciation.

Celebrating Motherhood

VDart is proud to be an organization that celebrates motherhood along with the expectant mothers. We express care and concern to the employees on maternity leave by sending them personal care gifts to pamper them in their journey to motherhood. Apart from providing maternity leave for a period of 6 months, we offer flexible work hours post to their maternity leave until they get comfortable to their new lifestyle.

 

One of the focus areas of our Sustainability Roadmap

We believe that the growth and wellbeing of VDart entirely depend on its people and community wellbeing. With the perspective of creating a healthy future together, Employee Wellbeing Initiative came into practice in Jan 2021. Our goal is to increase employee morale and improve their overall health & wellbeing through holistic approaches. In 2021, as we were facing the pandemic together, this initiative added value to our employees' lives. We extend our support by creating a flexible system where employees manage their personal and professional lives, especially during this pandemic.

We had our highest participation reaching 101 attendees. Our hours invested for each webinar is close to 1 hour every month. We try to inculcate the idea of one's wellness and our focus on employee wellbeing during the induction program itself. We conducted 13 Induction sessions totally in 2019, with an additional activity to keep the new hires emotions in check and which zone they belong to. (Tagging their current emotions to red/blue/green/yellow zone). The well-being team also conducts employee pulse surveys to address their immediate needs and requirements - even assisting them with immediate financial or moral support.

Career Progression Guidelines And Policies

The employee career progression guidelines and policy were published in 2020. To offer a structured career roadmap with high focus on employee growth. To create a band system which focuses on specialized skill development in every band to excel as a VDart Leader. To define the key core competencies for every level of career growth.To help our employees understand the process involved in every stage, who recommends, reviews, approves and how does HR complete the promotion cycle in the system.

COVID Leave Policy and Benefits

COVID19 has re-defined  how we connect with our colleagues, family, friends and ourselves. During this emergency, we had to extend the benefits and amend the existing employee policies. COVID leave policy was developed proactively before any of our employees get affected in 2020 and later amended in 2021. The policy focuses on the affected employee and their family members as well.
Apart from the paid leaves, the employee can seek for tele-medicine consultation and counselling for their mental well-being on VDart’s cost. The employee health Insurance was renewed effective from August 1st 2020 covering all covid related expenses. We have also formed covid19 taskforce to support any emergency requests from the employees and for their family members during tough times.

Beyond Living Wages

Even before our commitment to the SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, VDart has huge contribution to creating wealth for the communities we associate with, by creating thousands of job opportunities and providing opportunities for first generation employees especially in Tier 2 city.

  • 68% - Wage Increased in the entry level positions.
  • 21% - Average incremented salary for lateral positions.

Even before our commitment to the SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, VDart has huge contribution to creating wealth for the communities we associate with, by creating thousands of job opportunities and providing opportunities for first generation employees especially in Tier 2 city.
Economic growth happens by elevating the standard of living of the people. We realized that can be achieved by moving our employees from minimum wages to living wages and go above. When we say, we care about our people’s wellbeing that includes their economic wellbeing as well. We also believe that inclusion and belonging can start by paying employees fairly. To embrace these factors, VDart has done a major wage correction in 2021 for all the entry level positions (For Band 1 and 2) even slightly higher than the market standards. And, elevated gross pays for some of the senior positions.
(* Action taken by VDart on the recommendation given by the customer, Accenture)

COVID-19 Awareness Program

Aimed towards sharing the knowledge of awareness for fighting the COVID19 pandemic, VDart, in association with KMC (Kauvery Medical Centre) conducted a webinar which was hosted by Dr. Jayashree Ramesh, KMC, for its employees and their family members to get a deeper understanding of the situation at hand and how some simple and crucial steps can help them prepare stronger for the new normal.

Tele-Medicine Consultations and Counselling

In order to give swift access to medical expert advice to the employees during work from home situations, VDart organised a platform for Tele-Medicine Consultation with KMC (Kauvery Medical Centre), Trichy to give telephonic access to a dedicated doctor and get over the phone consultation and medicine diagnosis for its employees.
VDart also reached out to a Counselling Centre in-order to have counselling sessions for its employees about their mental health over telephone. Especially due to the work from home situation and its probable affects on a working individual.

COVID-19 Special 24/7 Taskforce

Under this initiative, a 24/7 taskforce team was deployed to address any kind of emergency requests from its employees and help them with the best of abilities. The main objective was to ensure the wellbeing of its employees at times of need and also, imbibe the feeling of support to its cherished staff members during the pandemic situation.

VDart Employee and Family Vaccination Drive

At a time when employees and their families were hesitant to visit medical centres to get vaccinated with the fear of getting infected by the virus, VDart organised three free vaccination drives exclusively for our employees and their families in Trichy.
Impact: More than 250+ VDart employees and their families got vaccinated during these drives. This helped give the employees family an assurance that VDart always prioritizes employee safety and wellbeing.

 

At VDart, we connect people, skills, and businesses around the globe, creating successful careers both within our own organization and those of our clients. The Learning & Development team comprises of qualified and experienced trainers who identify the skill gap and provide training which are essential for the Recruitment Industry. The team analyses and identifies areas of skill development and creates courses and programs for employees to bridge the gap and facilitate their organizational career development./p

Fresher Training Program

This program caters to fresh graduates majorly hailing from Trichy who have been selected to work as US IT recruiters at VDart. The course content covers fundamental skill training in Recruitment and communication. Theoretical Training covers topics on Communication & Process Training (US IT Staffing & Recruitment). Topics include US IT recruitment, visas, tax terms, language, communication etiquettes and soft-skills training.

Impact: At the end of the 4-week program, the freshers will have the required knowledge and skills to fulfill their job roles and responsibilities.

Continuous Learning

One of VDart’s Credos is “We are invested in our People’s Development”. To facilitate continuous learning, in 2021, we hired a resource for the L&D team to identify and analyze training needs and conceive programs that exclusively caters to existing employees to ensure that they continue to grow and upskill at the workplace according to industry trends and organizational requirements. The following are a list of programs and events that have been conducted in the year 2021.

On-going skill development Programs

Refresher Training: This program was launched in 2021 to assist recent hires (those who have completed 3 months of employment) in their work functions. In the program, employees are given training to help them identify and analyze challenges in their work processes and assist them to improve or modify skills.

In-house employee Training: Special training programs are designed after evaluating key competencies and industry requirements for experienced employees to help them improve their work efficiency. This ensures consistent skill upgradation and improves career development opportunities of employees.

Lunch and Learns: The “Lunch n Learn” program was introduced in 2020 during the pandemic to continue providing impactful learning and engagement sessions to all employees. These sessions are held virtually every Friday and is open for participation across the organization. Any employee can present their ideas or discuss a topic of their choice that can be inspirational or enlightening in the presence of a directorial board consisting of the CEO, CFO, VPs and other important leaders.

IGNITE – Managerial Effectiveness Program: IGNITE is a flagship programme conceived and created by the Learning & Development (L&D) team of VDart. The primary objective is to provide focus and direction for first-time Managers / Leads, help them better understand their roles & functions, improve their managerial skills for increasing effectiveness, develop empathetic outlook and utilize that to lead and motivate their team and create a culture of continuous learning. In 2021, the 2nd edition of IGNITE was held for 2 days for 21 first-level leaders.

Events under Continous Learning Program

TAT Gamification: To augment the sourcing abilities of the recruiters and to make learning more engaging, the L&D team conducts an annual game called TAT (Turn Around Time). In this game, employees with more than 6 months of experience are given a time-bound task synonymous with their role based on sourcing information. Their actions are closely monitored by invigilators to ensure complete adherence to company policy and practices. The participants are assessed on the time taken for task-completion and the method of sourcing. This year in Aug 2021, 40 participants had attended.

Sourcing Hackathon Program: This is the 2nd and final stage of the TAT Game, where the qualifiers are grouped into teams of 3 members each and a business problem statement is presented to them. The goal is to encourage sound problem-solving through collaboration and teamwork. The entire program takes around 2 hours to complete, and the winning team is awarded Rs 2000/- with the runners-up bagging Rs 1000/- which are given out during the company’s annual awards event.

Lateral Training Program: This program is specifically designed for seasoned and experienced recruiters who join VDart. Although new employees are aware of the process and possess the skills necessary to execute a project, they have to gain a deeper understanding of the organization, the various policies and the norms it adheres to. The Lateral Training Program provides training on different business and internal processes along with a refresher course on different tools used by the organization to carry out its day-to-day business. It also gives them an insight into target customers and potential clients.

With an innate desire to do our best in everything we do, our growth stems from a learning mindset. Utilizing our ability to form strategic relationships, we partner with other organizations to foster continued growth for ourselves as well as others.

These are the partner organisations and customers who helped us to continue being a learning organisation.

 

Creating Job Opportunities

While the global market and several other firms are going through extreme turbulence and taking different approaches to handling this crisis – We, as business leaders are obligated to make responsible decisions to preserve our people and the organization. Our leaders have made rapid and well informed decisions to support our employees, customers and partners. We understand taking care of our customers and employees is the only way to build an enduring business. Our Operations & Crisis Management teams had put extraordinary efforts in bringing up the Business Continuity Plan and proactively initiated work-from-home options for all our employees.

We also reiterated our commitment to withstand these tough times without penalizing our employees with any layoffs or make any changes in their wages or benefits.
Our goal was to come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before by managing the economic effects of this crisis clearly and compassionately. We continued to be optimistic about bouncing of economy with a growth surge and we were prepared to latch on to that growth. We continued to hire in India to shape our future growth. In India, we released 206 fresh job offers in 2020 and 636 in 2021. Out of it, 154 employees were onboarded in 2020 and 578 in 2021.

Internship

Our vision is to touch the lives of all associated with us to create success, wealth, and enhance the quality of life. We believe that any individual can make this vision come true. Therefore, we not only evaluate internship applications based on GPA and standardized test results, but we also look at the personality, the mindset, and the ambition of the student.

The Internship Journey: The Internship Program lasts for 3 month and the interns will have a guided learning process by experienced mentors, tailored to their needs and interests in technology and programming. Towards the end of the program, interns will be given a capstone project, which will be a large project designed to display and showcase all the knowledge that they have collected during their 3-month learning journey at VDart.

What The Interns Do: Our interns have worked on a variety of projects ranging from game development using Python, a mobile app and web dashboard that helps candidates with their onboarding process that were built using ReactJS and React Native, a web app that connects small businesses with users that was built using ReactJS and MeteorJS, and a lot of other powerful, beautifully developed applications.

Internal Activities

  • GWLI
  • EMPLOYEE WELLBEING
  • LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
  • LEARNING ORGANIZATION

VDart has been a frontrunner for People Development with one of our Credos being “We are invested in our People Development.” Staying true to our core values, GWLI- Global Women Leadership Initiative was launched by our CEO, Sidd Ahmed in December 2019 to promote organizational inclusivity and empowerment of women employees by developing their leadership skills. The primary objective of GWLI is to increase the pipeline of future ready female leaders to take on roles and responsibilities that impact our organization’s ability to thrive as we grow and expand enabling women employees advance both professionally and personally. To spearhead this initiative, VDart appointed an advisory board member for Diversity & Inclusion to guide and steer us through the various aspects of women leadership be it breaking barriers, building confidence, and spreading awareness on the powerful inherent skills women possess to be natural leaders. GWLI has been founded on four key pillars and has progressed successfully to its second year in 2021 by aligning all our programs with these pillars. key milestone programs.

a. Personal & Professional development

b. Mentoring & Sponsoring

c. Visibility & Storytelling

d. A Culture where women can thrive

The following summary of events and milestone programs will exhibit how we have strengthened GWLI in 2021.

Formation of Committee and selection of Engagement Council Members for GWLI

A significant accomplishment for the year 2021 was the establishment of a committee with specific designated roles for each committee members to manage the functioning and communications of the GWLI programs and networking. We have 6 members in core committee and 10 designated SPOCS (Single Point of Contact) for each team.

Women History Month/Celebrating Womanhood

The month of March saw social media campaigns across all platforms where testimonials of women VDart employees were gathered and published. Many of them were about their strongest inspirations, reasons for being inspired, their expectations and aspirations and others. To celebrate Women’s Day, VDart sent out gifts to all the women employees as an expression of appreciation.

Celebrating Motherhood

VDart is proud to be an organization that celebrates motherhood along with the expectant mothers. We express care and concern to the employees on maternity leave by sending them personal care gifts to pamper them in their journey to motherhood. Apart from providing maternity leave for a period of 6 months, we offer flexible work hours post to their maternity leave until they get comfortable to their new lifestyle.

One of the focus areas of our Sustainability Roadmap

We believe that the growth and wellbeing of VDart entirely depend on its people and community wellbeing. With the perspective of creating a healthy future together, Employee Wellbeing Initiative came into practice in Jan 2021. Our goal is to increase employee morale and improve their overall health & wellbeing through holistic approaches. In 2021, as we were facing the pandemic together, this initiative added value to our employees' lives. We extend our support by creating a flexible system where employees manage their personal and professional lives, especially during this pandemic.

We had our highest participation reaching 101 attendees. Our hours invested for each webinar is close to 1 hour every month. We try to inculcate the idea of one's wellness and our focus on employee wellbeing during the induction program itself. We conducted 13 Induction sessions totally in 2019, with an additional activity to keep the new hires emotions in check and which zone they belong to. (Tagging their current emotions to red/blue/green/yellow zone). The well-being team also conducts employee pulse surveys to address their immediate needs and requirements - even assisting them with immediate financial or moral support.

Career Progression Guidelines And Policies

The employee career progression guidelines and policy were published in 2020. To offer a structured career roadmap with high focus on employee growth. To create a band system which focuses on specialized skill development in every band to excel as a VDart Leader. To define the key core competencies for every level of career growth.To help our employees understand the process involved in every stage, who recommends, reviews, approves and how does HR complete the promotion cycle in the system.

COVID Leave Policy and Benefits

COVID19 has re-defined  how we connect with our colleagues, family, friends and ourselves. During this emergency, we had to extend the benefits and amend the existing employee policies. COVID leave policy was developed proactively before any of our employees get affected in 2020 and later amended in 2021. The policy focuses on the affected employee and their family members as well.
Apart from the paid leaves, the employee can seek for tele-medicine consultation and counselling for their mental well-being on VDart’s cost. The employee health Insurance was renewed effective from August 1st 2020 covering all covid related expenses. We have also formed covid19 taskforce to support any emergency requests from the employees and for their family members during tough times.

Beyond Living Wages

Even before our commitment to the SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, VDart has huge contribution to creating wealth for the communities we associate with, by creating thousands of job opportunities and providing opportunities for first generation employees especially in Tier 2 city.

  • 68% - Wage Increased in the entry level positions.
  • 21% - Average incremented salary for lateral positions.

Even before our commitment to the SDG 8: Decent work and Economic Growth, VDart has huge contribution to creating wealth for the communities we associate with, by creating thousands of job opportunities and providing opportunities for first generation employees especially in Tier 2 city.
Economic growth happens by elevating the standard of living of the people. We realized that can be achieved by moving our employees from minimum wages to living wages and go above. When we say, we care about our people’s wellbeing that includes their economic wellbeing as well. We also believe that inclusion and belonging can start by paying employees fairly. To embrace these factors, VDart has done a major wage correction in 2021 for all the entry level positions (For Band 1 and 2) even slightly higher than the market standards. And, elevated gross pays for some of the senior positions.
(* Action taken by VDart on the recommendation given by the customer, Accenture)

COVID-19 Awareness Program

Aimed towards sharing the knowledge of awareness for fighting the COVID19 pandemic, VDart, in association with KMC (Kauvery Medical Centre) conducted a webinar which was hosted by Dr. Jayashree Ramesh, KMC, for its employees and their family members to get a deeper understanding of the situation at hand and how some simple and crucial steps can help them prepare stronger for the new normal.

Tele-Medicine Consultations and Counselling

In order to give swift access to medical expert advice to the employees during work from home situations, VDart organised a platform for Tele-Medicine Consultation with KMC (Kauvery Medical Centre), Trichy to give telephonic access to a dedicated doctor and get over the phone consultation and medicine diagnosis for its employees.
VDart also reached out to a Counselling Centre in-order to have counselling sessions for its employees about their mental health over telephone. Especially due to the work from home situation and its probable affects on a working individual.

COVID-19 Special 24/7 Taskforce

Under this initiative, a 24/7 taskforce team was deployed to address any kind of emergency requests from its employees and help them with the best of abilities. The main objective was to ensure the wellbeing of its employees at times of need and also, imbibe the feeling of support to its cherished staff members during the pandemic situation.

VDart Employee and Family Vaccination Drive

At a time when employees and their families were hesitant to visit medical centres to get vaccinated with the fear of getting infected by the virus, VDart organised three free vaccination drives exclusively for our employees and their families in Trichy.
Impact: More than 250+ VDart employees and their families got vaccinated during these drives. This helped give the employees family an assurance that VDart always prioritizes employee safety and wellbeing.

At VDart, we connect people, skills, and businesses around the globe, creating successful careers both within our own organization and those of our clients. The Learning & Development team comprises of qualified and experienced trainers who identify the skill gap and provide training which are essential for the Recruitment Industry. The team analyses and identifies areas of skill development and creates courses and programs for employees to bridge the gap and facilitate their organizational career development./p

Fresher Training Program

This program caters to fresh graduates majorly hailing from Trichy who have been selected to work as US IT recruiters at VDart. The course content covers fundamental skill training in Recruitment and communication. Theoretical Training covers topics on Communication & Process Training (US IT Staffing & Recruitment). Topics include US IT recruitment, visas, tax terms, language, communication etiquettes and soft-skills training.

Impact: At the end of the 4-week program, the freshers will have the required knowledge and skills to fulfill their job roles and responsibilities.

Continuous Learning

One of VDart’s Credos is “We are invested in our People’s Development”. To facilitate continuous learning, in 2021, we hired a resource for the L&D team to identify and analyze training needs and conceive programs that exclusively caters to existing employees to ensure that they continue to grow and upskill at the workplace according to industry trends and organizational requirements. The following are a list of programs and events that have been conducted in the year 2021.

On-going skill development Programs

Refresher Training: This program was launched in 2021 to assist recent hires (those who have completed 3 months of employment) in their work functions. In the program, employees are given training to help them identify and analyze challenges in their work processes and assist them to improve or modify skills.

In-house employee Training: Special training programs are designed after evaluating key competencies and industry requirements for experienced employees to help them improve their work efficiency. This ensures consistent skill upgradation and improves career development opportunities of employees.

Lunch and Learns: The “Lunch n Learn” program was introduced in 2020 during the pandemic to continue providing impactful learning and engagement sessions to all employees. These sessions are held virtually every Friday and is open for participation across the organization. Any employee can present their ideas or discuss a topic of their choice that can be inspirational or enlightening in the presence of a directorial board consisting of the CEO, CFO, VPs and other important leaders.

IGNITE – Managerial Effectiveness Program: IGNITE is a flagship programme conceived and created by the Learning & Development (L&D) team of VDart. The primary objective is to provide focus and direction for first-time Managers / Leads, help them better understand their roles & functions, improve their managerial skills for increasing effectiveness, develop empathetic outlook and utilize that to lead and motivate their team and create a culture of continuous learning. In 2021, the 2nd edition of IGNITE was held for 2 days for 21 first-level leaders.

Events under Continous Learning Program

TAT Gamification: To augment the sourcing abilities of the recruiters and to make learning more engaging, the L&D team conducts an annual game called TAT (Turn Around Time). In this game, employees with more than 6 months of experience are given a time-bound task synonymous with their role based on sourcing information. Their actions are closely monitored by invigilators to ensure complete adherence to company policy and practices. The participants are assessed on the time taken for task-completion and the method of sourcing. This year in Aug 2021, 40 participants had attended.

Sourcing Hackathon Program: This is the 2nd and final stage of the TAT Game, where the qualifiers are grouped into teams of 3 members each and a business problem statement is presented to them. The goal is to encourage sound problem-solving through collaboration and teamwork. The entire program takes around 2 hours to complete, and the winning team is awarded Rs 2000/- with the runners-up bagging Rs 1000/- which are given out during the company’s annual awards event.

Lateral Training Program: This program is specifically designed for seasoned and experienced recruiters who join VDart. Although new employees are aware of the process and possess the skills necessary to execute a project, they have to gain a deeper understanding of the organization, the various policies and the norms it adheres to. The Lateral Training Program provides training on different business and internal processes along with a refresher course on different tools used by the organization to carry out its day-to-day business. It also gives them an insight into target customers and potential clients.

With an innate desire to do our best in everything we do, our growth stems from a learning mindset. Utilizing our ability to form strategic relationships, we partner with other organizations to foster continued growth for ourselves as well as others.

These are the partner organisations and customers who helped us to continue being a learning organisation.

Creating Job Opportunities

While the global market and several other firms are going through extreme turbulence and taking different approaches to handling this crisis – We, as business leaders are obligated to make responsible decisions to preserve our people and the organization. Our leaders have made rapid and well informed decisions to support our employees, customers and partners. We understand taking care of our customers and employees is the only way to build an enduring business. Our Operations & Crisis Management teams had put extraordinary efforts in bringing up the Business Continuity Plan and proactively initiated work-from-home options for all our employees.

We also reiterated our commitment to withstand these tough times without penalizing our employees with any layoffs or make any changes in their wages or benefits. Our goal was to come out of this pandemic stronger than ever before by managing the economic effects of this crisis clearly and compassionately. We continued to be optimistic about bouncing of economy with a growth surge and we were prepared to latch on to that growth. We continued to hire in India to shape our future growth. In India, we released 206 fresh job offers in 2020 and 636 in 2021. Out of it, 154 employees were onboarded in 2020 and 578 in 2021.

Internship

Our vision is to touch the lives of all associated with us to create success, wealth, and enhance the quality of life. We believe that any individual can make this vision come true. Therefore, we not only evaluate internship applications based on GPA and standardized test results, but we also look at the personality, the mindset, and the ambition of the student.

The Internship Journey: The Internship Program lasts for 3 month and the interns will have a guided learning process by experienced mentors, tailored to their needs and interests in technology and programming. Towards the end of the program, interns will be given a capstone project, which will be a large project designed to display and showcase all the knowledge that they have collected during their 3-month learning journey at VDart.

What The Interns Do: Our interns have worked on a variety of projects ranging from game development using Python, a mobile app and web dashboard that helps candidates with their onboarding process that were built using ReactJS and React Native, a web app that connects small businesses with users that was built using ReactJS and MeteorJS, and a lot of other powerful, beautifully developed applications.

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Partnership With Charities

We support a number charities through a range of membership and partnership schemes, providing a range of support to our local and global communities.

Partnership With Charities

We support a number charities through a range of membership and partnership schemes, providing a range of support to our local and global communities.

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