Once again Ascott Australia has been recognised as one of Australia’s Best Places to Work. Based in Collingwood, Melbourne, the hospitality company with award-winning brands such as Quest and Oakwood was named the 12th Best Place to Work in the over 100 employees category at the 2023 Best Places to Work Conference and Awards.
Ascott Australia currently employs 114 full and part-time employees.
Managing director of Ascott Australia, David Mansfield said: “Ascott Australia is leading the way in the hospitality industry from the top down as a people-first and purpose-led business. Part of maintaining our position as one of the best places to work is acknowledging the areas we can improve on. We continue to walk the talk in nurturing a culture where everyone belongs, understands they are valued, and has the freedom to be themselves.”
“In the last 12 months, we’ve built a better business that’s earned the trust of guests, business partners, and our employees. In December 2022, we formalised our ongoing commitment to gender equality through a revised Gender Equality Strategy. Working closely with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), Ascott introduced policies on parental leave, gender balance, and workplace bias.”
The 2023 Best Places to Work study was conducted between September 2022 and June 2023.
The results represent 43,047 Australian-based employees from 101 organisations. Each organisation participating in the study earns a score based on employee responses to an employee engagement survey and a comprehensive evaluation of the organisation’s policies, practices, and procedures.
In the last year, 90 percent of Ascott Australia employees have taken advantage of flexible scheduling, including adjustable start and end times, compressed work weeks, part-time arrangements, and remote work opportunities. Paid parental leave, paid volunteering leave and paid domestic violence leave policies were also put in place. Key employee benefits include a $1,000 learning and development budget for every employee at Ascott Australia and discounted rates at all Ascott properties worldwide.
Ascott Australia ranked 18th in the under-100 employees category on the 2022 list, reinforcing the leading lodging businesses’ reputation as an employer of choice in the competitive hospitality industry.
At the heart of Ascott Australia is a commitment to being inclusive and putting people first.
Ascott Australia GM People & Culture, Paul Marinoni said: “Flexibility in the post-pandemic workplace isn’t an optional extra, all applicants expect it — and this was clear to see from over 1,000 applications to work at Ascott Australia in the last year. With research showing that diverse workplaces directly lead to improved performance outcomes, Human Resources teams have a leading role to play in listening to employees and giving them the opportunity and support to champion the change they want to see in their workplaces.”
“This award and ranking are a powerful reinforcement of the culture we’re building here at Ascott Australia. Through improving our employee support frameworks to ensure everyone feels safe, empowered and trusted to perform their roles, we’re ensuring Ascott remains a great place to work.”
About The Ascott Limited
Since pioneering Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984, Ascott has grown to be a trusted hospitality company with more than 930 properties globally. Headquartered in Singapore, Ascott’s presence extends across more than 220 cities in over 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the USA.
Ascott’s diversified accommodation offerings span serviced residences, coliving properties, hotels and independent senior living apartments, as well as student accommodation and rental housing. Its award-winning hospitality brands include Ascott, Citadines, lyf, Oakwood, Quest, Somerset, The Crest Collection, The Unlimited Collection, Preference, Fox, Harris, POP!, Vertu and Yello; and it has a brand partnership with Domitys. Through Ascott Star Rewards (ASR), Ascott’s loyalty programme, members enjoy exclusive privileges and offers at participating properties.
A wholly owned business unit of CapitaLand Investment Limited, Ascott is a leading vertically-integrated lodging operator. Harnessing its extensive network of third-party owners and in-market expertise, Ascott grows fee-related earnings through its hospitality management and investment management capabilities. Ascott also expands its funds under management by growing its sponsored CapitaLand Ascott Trust and private funds.
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