Two years ago The Rezidor Hotel Group launched their Women in Leadership initiative to increase the percentage of women in leadership positions within the company. Since then they have been creating working environments to overcome the barriers that may be blocking women from developing into senior leadership positions.
The latest initiative from the group in the Middle East is a flexible approach to maternity leave provision in order to ensure its female leaders are empowered to grow in their career with the company. Female employees are now entitled to 60 days maternity leave in the UAE, Oman and Qatar while those in Kuwait and Lebanon are entitled to 70 days.
“When it comes to the development and retention of our female leaders we believe in sustainable and lasting change with a focus on long term career planning for all and this, of course, includes support for mothers and pregnant women,” said Mark Willis area vice president Middle East & Turkey. “Our new maternity policy is designed to help working mothers achieve a reasonable work-life balance and to be available to care for their family.”
Rabih Zein, cluster general manager for Park Inn Muscat and Park Inn Duqm said, “We support this initiative to support the women employees working in our hotels. Diversity and inclusion is the top priority of this programme. Were are working on creative solutions that will empower women to take advantage of the opportunities obtainable such as taking a more flexible approach to working conditions, personalized development palns and more open tactic to agility. This change initiative will be drive by and women in leadership members within the hotel and our sister hotels in Oman not just women.
In addition to the increased maternity leave, expectant mothers will also have the right to a reasonable amount of time off to attend antenatal care appointments and to be paid for this time off. New mothers will also have the opportunity to consider part time work until the child is one year old as part of Rezidor’s new flexible working arrangements.
WiL is part of Rezidor’s Employee Value Proposition, Our Promise, which was developed to attract, retain and develop the best people with a view to becoming the employer of choice in all markets. The programme represents a major, proactive mission to bring about a truly positive change in the company’s Diversity and Inclusion culture.