Employees of Evolve Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore enjoyed one of the most generous holiday blowouts this year after being treated to an all-expenses-paid trip at a five-star luxury resort in the Maldives.
Calling the $500,000 company outing a “normal part of the Evolve culture,” Evolve MMA founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong told Asia One that it is just “a small token of my heartfelt gratitude to all of the phenomenal rockstars at Evolve MMA.”
According to Sityodtong, the company is simply rewarding more than 100 employees after achieving growth this year despite the slowing local economy. He stated that on top of the “strong double-digit growth every year,” the company has been registering 30% year-on-year growth throughout 2016.
On the expensive trip, the company’s support staff and world champion trainers were joined by members of Evolve’s fight team, which includes ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee.
Sityodtong shared that the company has been doing this for the past five years. Evolve employees have enjoyed free luxury trips to Bali, Krabi, Khao Lak, and Bintan.
“Every year, I take the entire team on an all-expenses-paid trip to a five-star luxury resort at a surprise destination,” he said.
The serial entrepreneur added that he understands how for many of his employees, enjoying such luxuries may almost be impossible. He believes that by taking them on expensive tours, he is able to fulfill their dreams.
“Many of my staff would love to travel the world, but do not have the means to do so,” he explained. “The vast majority of my team at Evolve come from humble backgrounds of poverty, tragedy, or adversity. For them, Evolve is the greatest opportunity to escape poverty and to achieve the life of their dreams.”
Sityodtong further stated that such an environment has always kept him optimistic about his team’s performance. So far, his generosity seems to be working well in keeping his staff motivated.
“The best deserve the best. It is only fair. We do our best to hire the best people in the world, giving out only one job offer for every 200 applicants. So they should be compensated as such,” he said.
Since its opening in 2009, Evolve Mixed Martial Arts has consistently grown to become the top MMA camp in Asia. Just last year, Yahoo! Sports recognized Chatri Sityodtong as the 2nd Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA.