With its ‘’Travel the World’’ program, Groupe Dynamite enables its employees to experience one of life’s richest and most rewarding experiences.
Kristina, a Sales Associate at Dynamite, shares with us her journey and the highlights of her recent trip to Amsterdam.
Q1: What was your first reaction when you heard you had won the contest?
When my Manager called me to announce that I was the winner, I did not believe it at first. I was in the top 10 the first week of the contest but as the weeks passed I went down in the rankings, therefore hearing the news that I won came as a real surprise!
Q2: Why Amsterdam?
I have been fortunate to have traveled a lot. With twelve countries and several cities under my belt, I can say that Amsterdam was definitely a destination I wanted to revisit. I love architectural history and experiencing different cultures but it’s the old charm of Amsterdam that truly stole my heart. I feel very fortunate that I got to rediscover a city dear to my heart with my boyfriend and that GD made it all possible!
Q3: How did you find the Dutch culture?
When I travel, I like to try new food and immerse myself in the local culture. However, what we ate most were fries because they sell them at every corner! (Fun fact: Dutch eat their fries with mayonnaise instead of ketchup!) I love that Amsterdam has such a laid back lifestyle. Everyone there is so friendly and carefree.
Q4: What were the highlights of your trip?
- Anne Frank’s house
Learning about Anne Frank’s story during World War II in school is very different than being on site and seeing it with your own eyes.
- The Icebar
At the entrance, we were given a thermal coat to keep us warm since literally everything was made of ice: the furniture, the walls and even the glass they serve the drinks in!
- Canal dinner cruise
This is a great way to explore the city while enjoying a nice meal because you get to see buildings that you wouldn’t be able to see on foot.
Q5: What advice would you give to employees wishing to win this contest?
Stay focused and keep your eyes on the prize. Just because you dropped in rank does not mean you cannot win in the end. You have to keep pushing for that exceptional customer service and be true to yourself. Style your customers with your favourite pieces and the recommendations will come naturally.