LONDON, November 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Retention Award celebrates businesses within the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector who are using innovative ways in which to engage and drive staff retention
The Arch London, the luxury hotel, scooped the Retention Award at The Springboard Charity's annual awards ceremony, held at the Novotel London West, last night.
Now in its 25th year, Springboard (http://www.springboarduk.net) helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged individuals gain employment and sustainable careers within the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector.
The annual Retention Award, sponsored by employee benefits provider Perkbox (http://www.perkbox.co.uk), recognises businesses who have excelled in implementing innovative and effective ways of engaging employees in order to drive retention in an industry traditionally afflicted by a 'revolving door' of labour.
The Arch London's entry demonstrated how important it was to drive and encourage staff participation across all service points. As part of their employee engagement programme, team members view themselves as ambassadors for the hotel, and managers are given autonomy. The hotel also encourages staff to give feedback geared towards improving the experience for guests. The Arch's programme for employee retention has had a real impact on year-on-year results: staff turnover is down from 42% in 2013/4 to just 23% in 2014/5.
Anne Pierce, Springboard CEO commented: "Staff retention continues to be an issue in this ever changing industry, which is why it's important to recognise businesses operating within this sector who have devised ground-breaking ways in which to buck this trend. The Arch London have developed an engagement programme that is considered, as it is effective. We congratulate them in their continued and outstanding efforts of keeping their staff valued, motivated and rewarded, and we hope that they will prove to be an inspiration for many organisations in this sector."
Saurav Chopra, co-founder and CEO of Perkbox commented: "The Retention Awards gives recognition and prestige to businesses who excel in doing exactly that - retaining staff. This is crucially important for any business striving to succeed, and the formula simply lies in implementing initiatives that elevate work culture and make employees feel valued and invested in. We're delighted that The Arch London have achieved this worthy accolade and are proud to be championing inspiring workplaces within the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector as part of our partnership with Springboard."
Rafi Bejerano, Managing Director, The Arch London, commented: "In a service-driven environment, our staff are our most valuable asset, and the delivery of consistent excellent customer service relies heavily on employees feeling happy, engaged and valued in their role. We're delighted that our staff initiatives have addressed an issue within our industry and have resulted in a positive retention rate - and winning this reward recognises that effort. We'll continue to develop on our engagement programme and invest in our staff so that they may also develop and progress their career with us for the foreseeable future."
Notes to Editors
THE SPRINGBOARD CHARITY
The Springboard Charity, now in its 25th year, helps young, unemployed and disadvantaged people improve their prospects in life through a career in hospitality, leisure and tourism.
Springboard provides a range of opportunities for sustainable employment, or vibrant careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism through;
- Free specialist careers information
- Taster work experience opportunities
- Development programmes to help maximise the chances of obtaining sustainable employment
- Pre-employment and mentoring programmes
- Educational teaching resources, information, support and student activities to teachers in schools and colleges
Springboard equips people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential.
Springboard also works closely with the industry to help attract more talent and address skills shortages. In doing so, it has the support of over 180 different industry establishments and suppliers.
For more information about Springboard, visit: http://www.springboard.uk.net
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