September 22, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

IHG Hotels and Resorts is offering benefits like flexible working arrangements, paid parental and partner leave, birthday leave and sabbaticals as part of a new employee program in Australia, in a bid to attract new talent and retain its current workforce.

In addition to the new IHG myBenefits program, employees will also have access to IHG’s MyPerks program which offers discounts and cashback at more than 400 retailers and service providers. An online wellbeing hub is also part of the deal.

“People who work in hospitality know that it’s a fantastic place to grow a rewarding career, but we recognise that, now more than ever, we have to do everything we can to make the most compelling proposition for people to join or stay in our industry,” said IHG’s Managing Director for Japan, Australasia and Pacific, Leanne Harwood.

“Part of that is making sure we are offering our employees the most attractive benefits and working conditions.  Offering our colleagues Flexible Working Agreements is something we are truly passionate about and it’s a policy that we are proud to be rolling out. Each colleague’s situation will be different, based on their role and personal circumstances, so we’re committed to working with them to find the best way to bring some more flexibility into their lives.

“As well as offering flexible work agreements, we are so excited to be also providing great benefits like paid partner parental leave, and bolstering our Wellness offerings through our myPerks platform. We hope it will give colleagues a fuller sense of belonging and comfort, and increased confidence that we are committed to helping them have a long and fulfilling career with IHG.

“We have another record year of hotel openings ahead of us in the region, and we need to get people back to being excited about working in hospitality and we need to do more to attract people to a career in the accommodation sector.

“By providing a compelling suite of benefits, perks and flexible working arrangements we hope it will attract jobseekers to our industries and most importantly, retain the wonderful talent we already have in our business.”