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Sabre gives back to employees

“Bold vision” sees new programs and benefits introduced to support team members

Sabre Corporation  has launched a transformed employee wellbeing experience, aimed at fostering a supportive environment where people can thrive, learn, succeed, and give back. 

The company is investing in its team members to be their best, both personally and professionally, as they focus on immediate post-pandemic recovery and on driving Sabre’s ambitious long-term goals. 

Sabre’s Chief People Officer. Shawn Williams said the company has a bold vision and it needs the best people to make this happen.

“We employ some of the world’s top talent and we’re focused on creating an environment in which they can reach their full potential, helping us reshape the global travel industry from the inside out,” he said.

“Investing in our people – both present and future – is a huge priority for us, and it is our aim to cultivate a culture that is rewarding, supporting and transparent.”  

Sabre’s global Work from Anywhere (WFA) program has been running successfully for over 18 months. Designed to accommodate team members’ individual needs and circumstances, the WFA program supports work/life balance, improving productivity, motivation, and job satisfaction. 

“We recognize that there’s no one-size-fits-all way of working, and offering our team members a setup that works best for them, their role and their team will help them do their best work, feel valued and stay focused,” Mr Williams said.

“And, while the human interaction of working in an office is important, we’ve all seen the power of technology this year in helping us stay connected and keep business moving from afar.”  

As part of Sabre’s journey to become a better place for team members to do their best work, the company continually reviews its total rewards package to align with what team members need and want. 

Sabre learned from its ‘Best Work’ research that parental leave is important to team members, and three years ago, began offering a global minimum of 12 weeks paid leave for new parents, for adoption or birth.   

Sabre has also transformed its approach to employee wellness, investing in a host of new resources to enhance the team member experience.

To drive this, the Company has created the Sabre Wellbeing Advisor Network (SWAN), a council of team members from around the world who guide conversation around wellbeing, capture best practices and enhance tools and programs to support employee wellbeing. 

One of the first initiatives introduced by the council was a partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and wellbeing, to provide free, premium access to their award-winning mindfulness app.  

“Through the Headspace partnership, we hope to encourage team members to take time out for themselves every day and enjoy the benefits of increased productivity and improved stress resilience and creativity that come from consistent meditation and mindfulness exercises,” Mr Williams said.  

Sabre also provides complimentary access to additional mental wellbeing resources for team members and their families.

Sabre has a deep history of philanthropy and giving back to the communities in which team members live and work. In the last 20 years, Sabre has donated more than $20M and logged over 300,000 volunteer hours as part of Give Together, its global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. This includes a $1 million donation by the company and $35K raised by team members specifically for Ukrainian refugee relief efforts. 

Recognizing the importance of volunteering, Sabre allows all team members to take four days of paid time off per year to volunteer for any ​purpose they choose as part of a ‘Give Together’ program aimed at driving positive social and environmental change.

To further expand the program, Sabre has partnered with Benevity – the global leader in workplace giving, volunteering and grant making programs – in order to help team members find the volunteer opportunities that mean the most to them.

Through Benevity, Sabre also highlights STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities, with a view to helping to create critical thinkers and enable the next generation of innovators.  

Sabre’s ambition to be a great place to work and an employer of choice has always been a priority. Over the last few years, the company amplified its focus on team member experience. This resulted in a slew of initiatives – from technology events to people policies/practices that put team members, at the heart of everything it does. 

Sabre wants to give its team members the tools and resources to drive their own careers. As such, the Company has introduced a global mentoring program to help team members to develop technical and leadership skills in areas they believe they need support. This is one of several programs that Sabre has introduced to help team members grow and develop, and to align their personal goals with business goals.

Underpinning everything is Sabre’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, where team members – with their wide and rich variety of differences – can bring their full selves to work, contribute their best and feel like they belong.

Mike Parker-Brown

Mike Parker-Brown is a UK-trained and qualified journalist and an award-winning travel communicator with more than 30 years experience. Since 2002, Mike has worked as a freelance writer and PR consultant providing his services to major organisations in Australia and internationally in the tourism, aviation, hospitality, recruitment and export marketing sectors.

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