Rail Yatri: Where Enthusiasm to Spearhead a Change Overweighs the Experience
Date: Friday , June 03, 2016
Hypothetically rules in a work place are instituted so as to ensure a healthy code of order and behavior. But enforcing too many rules, detailed policies and procedures often turns a business into talent-repelling machines. Especially in today\'s entrepreneurial ecosystem, wherein proffering a different, yet extraordinary result outweighs others, the millennials look for an ideal company which solely values their employees and performance. Rail Yatri - one of India\'s premier portals for train travellers - has been a perfect example of a company whose guidelines are solely channelized towards making employees happy. Like many new-age startups, this four-year old organization is marked by open environment with flexible working conditions and options; but unlike them, it has no restrictions on any of its perks, be it gaming hours or even numbers of leave, as long as the work continuity is kept intact.
Chronicling the Success Saga
What started with a network of around 10-15 friends is now 60 people strong organization with zero attrition rate. The rationale behind the transformation boils down to the company\'s endeavors. As a venture of Stelling Technologies, Rail Yatri.in was launched, sufficing the needs for quality dissemination of the travel-related information and thus, a simplified train journeys. Donning the cap of one stop-shop, its revolutionary application endows the users with an access to information that covers live train status, its arrival/departure, seat availability, trains between stations, platform locator, RY alert system and can even book meals.
In fact, deploying the real-time and cutting-edge parameters of mobile technology to thrive on such common social cause has empowered the platform not only to fill flesh to its objective of helping travellers make informed decisions, but also to reap-in the best talents Although the venture possesses a healthy mix of fresher and experienced elites, the major emphasis is vested on the magnitude of one\'s enthusiasm to fuel company\'s legacy, not the prior experience. In addition, the company has also stretched its helping hands towards young entrepreneurs and has been proactive in empowering them to rightly cling on to their entrepreneurial journey.
Nanda Kishore Subba, Director-Recruitment, Rail Yatri says, \"Our people power our \'product\' and our people strategy is an integral part of our long-term success. Rail Yatri is at an inflection point offering exciting opportunities to solve deep, impactful and game-changing problems across teams - products, design, growth, engineering and content. People who get hired at Rail Yatri tend to have passion for what the company is doing along with deep problem solving skills, are quick learners who are comfortable going end-to-end, roll with ambiguity and improvise, good at working in a team and do all of this with a friendly humility\".
A Fun Culture
In each endeavor, Rail Yatri makes sure that its employees are solely focused on achieving a better work-life balance. For example, besides its near vicinity to a Metro station, the company\'s hiring strategies puts major emphasis on the people who stays nearby or have an access to fast commuting facilities, thereby leaving little space for travel to devour the precious time. Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, VP-Operations & Technology, Rail Yatri,proclaims, \"While recruiting, there is a conscious effort at maintaining a healthy male-female ratio, giving women employees equal growth opportunities. In fact, a strong team of four women are in leadership positions heading Operations, Marketing, Product and Business Development/Alliances\".
Fun, on the other hand, also seizes a much more significance within Rail Yatri. \"Fun Fridays are an integral part of our office culture where everyone comes together to share some light moments and bond over high tea,\" adds Aparajita. In the weekends, the employees are usually seen enjoying parties or the nearest favorite food joints and nearby attractions. Additionally, they are also provided with a kitty which allows them to reimburse movie tickets, lunch and dinner vouchers and a health insurance. Most importantly, as a small company, it has established a close camaraderie between employees, to an extent where everyone knows others and their families very well. In fact, the company is claimed to be one among the very few companies, who encourage families to be part of their extended celebrations.
Manish Rathi, Co-Founder & CEO
With 20+ years of industry experience of serving eminent names like Bell Labs, July Systems and GlobalLogic, Manish\'s endeavors at Rail Yatri tend to reflect his hands-on experience of closely working with Indian railways for more than three years.