first_imgHospitality organisation InterContinental Singapore has enhanced its employee benefits package for the organisation’s 360 employees, effective from January 2018.The benefits changes, which includes extended maternity and paternity leave, have been introduced in order to promote better work-life balance and to support employees’ personal and professional development.Under the revised benefits provision, female employees will now be able to take up to six months of paid maternity leave, and male employees, who are not eligible for paternity leave that is funded by the government, will be entitled to take up to five days of paid paternity leave.InterContinental Singapore has also introduced job-sharing, staggered work hours and telecommuting arrangements to help cater to employees’ varying needs and commitments. This will run alongside the hotel’s existing family care leave programme, which allows employees to take up to five working days of paid leave to care for immediate family members.The organisation’s current flexible benefits provision has also been extended to include union and gym membership fees, yoga and Pilates classes, flight tickets, traditional Chinese medicine treatments and outpatient expenses for immediate family members. Employees already have access to dental and optical care, health screening and a portable medical benefits scheme through InterContinental Singapore’s flexible benefits scheme.Employees can additionally encash accrued annual leave, as well as purchase extra annual leave, receive training for another job function for up to five working days a year, and take paid volunteer leave for community programmes at a choice of registered charity organisations. Employees can also use paid volunteer leave to take part in activities for the IHG Foundation, an independent charity launched by the InterContinental group.The hotel has also amended its re-employment age to 68-years-old. This is the age at which individuals can be re-hired after retiring at 62-years-old. The statutory re-employment age implemented by the Ministry of Manpower in 2017 is 67.Gabrielle Choy, director of human resources at InterContinental Singapore, said: “Hotels in Singapore have been facing a tightening supply of talent in recent years due to new hotel openings and the increase in job opportunities available in the industry has resulted in stiff competition for a limited pool of talent. It is, therefore, crucial that we develop a truly robust benefit structure focusing on the wellbeing and development of our team, and continually review and enhance our employee benefits to attract and retain talent.“Working closely with the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), we strive to have at least 20% of our employees to commence on the flexible work arrangements by [the] end [of] 2018.”last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterHealth and Fitness Travel share five of the best cultural wellness adventures for Valentine’s escapes. Combining cultural tour discovery with wellness retreat recovery, these healthy escapes offer everything from city tours and cooking classes, to zip-lining and volcano hikes.Costa RicaEscape for a Valentine’s Day to remember by exploring tropical rainforests and  coastlines of Costa Rica, from guided tours of the city of San Jose and a visit to an authentic coffee plantation, to white water rafting and zip-lining through a volcanic national park. Before heading home, recover at a beach side wellness retreat with surfing lessons and yoga classes in an open-air yoga pavilion.ItalyDelve into a cultural wellness Valentine’s escape in a country famous for cities steeped in history, architecture and cuisine. Experience Rome as a local and discover authentic flavours with a culinary tour of local eateries; explore with a bike tour the streets of Rome or Florence; and sample the finest in Italian gelato before discovering the beauty of the Chianti region during a wine tasting tour. Recover at a choice of wellness retreats, from spa breaks in Lombardy, to golf escapes in Tuscany.BaliOne of the most popular destinations in the Indonesian archipelago, escape on a Valentine’s adventure to the island of Bali. From jungle and rice paddy treks, to volcano hikes and guided village cycling tours, there is no end to the exciting ways to keep active and explore the island as a couple. Visit sacred temples, experience Bali’s monkey forest and recover in one of five wellness retreats, with therapeutic spa treatments and revitalising wellness activities, including yoga, Pilates and meditation.TurkeyCrossing two continents, where East meets West, Turkey offers a unique fusion of cultural influences for a Valentine’s escape. Discover Istanbul’s stunning Ottoman Empire architecture and stroll through the bustling Grand Bazaar, or head further afield to explore the breath-taking waterfalls of Antalya and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. Recover at a choice of luxury wellness retreats, with reviving spa treatments and wellness activities, from beach jogging to personalised yoga.MoroccoDiscover the diverse culture of this country before unwinding on a romantic healthy holiday beneath the Moroccan sun.  Marvel at snake charmers on a guided tour of Marrakech, explore the Atlas Mountains on a mountain bike tour, or learn traditional cooking methods on a cookery course.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgThere are a lot of collateral benefits to having a company culture that your employees embrace.  Aside from the direct benefits to your business and the correlation to your employee development, your recruiting efforts can see a boost, too. With all of the challenges that the startup recruitment presents, any sort of competitive advantage that you can attain should be utilized.Every facet of your business can contribute, positively or negatively, to your recruiting. To get the most out of your company culture, you’ll need your employees to supplement your plans. For example, during the recruiting process, you could consider having an employee testify to the wonders of your company culture.Potential hires are naturally going to be skeptical of any sort of pitch regarding your wonderful company culture without empirical proof of the claim. Give them something to remember and they’ll be more likely to look favorably upon your offer. Read the full article by Chris Brablc for more on the topic.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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