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Travel for Work: What’s Bhavna’s UK Story? [And how she toured London like a local]

QX Limited
QX Limited
25/09/2019
Outsourcing , Life at QX , Careers
Bhavna's London MemoriesBhavna's London Memories

Bhavna Doultani
Senior HR Executive

Hometown: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

College: Gujarat Law Society

What I do: I joined QX 3 years ago and started off with an interesting project of handling HR back-office work for one of our clients. It’s only after joining that I realised – outsourcing HR services to clients started with us – me and my team of two colleagues.

Right now, I handle something different but equally interesting – it's called employee relations. I carry out one-on-ones with employees; find out about their experiences at QX; their accomplishments; struggles and breakthroughs and guide them whenever they need help.

I think of myself as the ‘buffer’ between the company and the employees.

A work-trip to remember: It’s been a year but it still feels like it happened yesterday. I went to the UK for a project with a client and those were the most memorable 15-days of my career.

I made sure to make the most out of it. I’d wrap up all the work by 5 and head out to explore the city. I loved checking out the beautiful outdoor cafes which they called ‘Copas’ and restaurants with some authentic British breakfast – beans, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, egg whites and avocado toast. However, with all that said – I started craving for homemade Indian food within a few days of going to the UK. I’d stop by the asian grocery store every now and then to pick up some Chai powder so that I can make some homemade chai for myself in the morning.

I stayed in Central London and I soon fell in love with it. I already had a few friends who lived around the area and together we visited all the new and old attractions in town – the Piccadilly Circus; the Casinos; the Buckingham Palace; Madam Tussauds’ – you name it and I’ve seen it.

I was a regular at the local Nandos and some weekend shopping at the nearby Zara was a must. I’d find time to go out for brunches with friends every now and then but one evening, our country-head, Pom Chakravarti, took us out to dinner on the 32nd floor of ‘the Shard’ building!

In the weekend, I travelled to the London countryside and stumbled upon the idyllic, Mudchute Farms. I loved petting the pigs and enjoyed a proper British breakfast at the Farms. I think that's enough for now but to be honest, there are so many more stories to tell!

Something British I’ve picked up: The British are very composed and compliant. They wouldn’t burst into a series of slurs if a car was overtaking theirs or if someone cut the line. They always abide by their manners and rules.

In fact, sometimes I felt as if they were happier in their lives by looking at their sense of generosity and kindness. My clients would send me gourmet chocolates every now and then; they’d look after my stay and conveniences to make sure I felt at home – it was a really kind gesture.

A travel tip when travelling on business:  I’d just recommend carrying comfortable shoes. Nothing beats being in comfortable shoes when you’re on a trip to an unknown place. You feel more anxious when there’s so much newness around – and I think this are some of the little things we can do to still be in our comfort zone.

What do I like about working at QX: I think I’ve gotten way more than I thought I’d get. I interviewed for a recruitment-operations position but got hired for HR. They could’ve just sent me back when I didn’t fit into the role I interviewed for but they identified my strengths and directed me toward where I excelled at. I love this personable-ness, this zeal to go an extra mile for employees.

I love my work and I think, it’s safe to say, that I do a good job at it too but if I ever end up in a soup, I know QX will have my back.


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Rishmita-Aich
AUTHOR Rishmita Aich
Content Writer

I’m an aspiring journalist and blogger. I love telling stories – of the people at QX and the story of the brand. When I’m not too busy typing out incessantly on the computer, you’ll find me reading some old American classics or petting some furry stray cats.

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