Rezidor SAS Launches New eLearning Program For Employee Training
BRUSSELS, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, the Brussels-based multi-brand hospitality company, announces the launch of a new eLearning program for training employees. The program was implemented to strengthen the company’s enduring commitment to provide employees with the best training techniques available.
Advantages of the eLearning program include the fact that employees have access to the program at any time, from work or from home; employees can complete the course at their own pace; the module gives employees the flexibility to review the content frequently; and the program is a cost-effective way to train a large number of employees dispersed over 49 countries.
“We are a firm believer in promoting from within, and giving current employees career growth opportunities before looking for talent outside of the company. We are one of the few companies in the world with such a high rate of employee retention, promotion and development, and a large number of employees have worked with us for over 10 years,” said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor SAS Hospitality, who himself has been with the company since 1976 – nearly 30 years.
Prior to launching the new module company-wide, a pilot test took place and over 30 employees were selected across all brands and all regions of Rezidor SAS to give feedback on the process and effectiveness of the online training module. The test pilots found the content to be relevant, the exercises to be interactive, targeted and easy to use, the ongoing course feedback motivational, and the learning process a seamless and hassle-free form of learning.
In addition to the online module, Rezidor SAS organizes in-house management sessions four times a year to provide employees with a unique platform to attend training programs and seminars to further their knowledge and skills, and strive to achieve their career ambitions.
“One of our goals is to be an employer of choice. To maintain that standard, we have to provide our employees with techniques, tools and training at a regular basis to keep up with the competition, and also to satisfy their personal career goals. The launch of eLearning modules will help us better target those needs and train the maximum number of employees at the same time,” comments Beathe-Jeanette Lunde, vice president of people and operational development for Rezidor SAS Hospitality.
Rezidor SAS Hospitality is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world and currently has 270 hotels, encompassing over 50,000 rooms, in operation and under development in 49 countries, with the aim to develop 700 hotels across its different brands by 2015.
In September 2002, Rezidor SAS announced a unique deal with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide to expand selected Carlson brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Rezidor SAS now operates Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Regent International Hotels, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites along with the goldpoints plus® loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Initially, Rezidor SAS Hospitality was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Stockholm-based SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) Group. In June 2005, Rezidor SAS Hospitality completed the strategic agreement with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, which resulted in an enhancement of their long-time franchise partnership into a shareholder agreement. Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired a 25 percent shareholding in Rezidor SAS Hospitality from SAS group in return for renegotiated commercial terms of the parties’ current Master Franchise Agreement.
In November 2005, Rezidor SAS signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.
Rezidor SAS Hospitality head office is based in Brussels, Belgium.
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