Showcasing its commitment to community involvement and being a responsible business, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands has partnered with the Deaf Federation of South Africa to become the first hotel in South Africa to employ hearing impaired persons across all departments, offering an opportunity for the hearing impaired to tackle disability prejudice and accessibility.
These employees work in a wide variety of roles including transportation, maintenance, housekeeping, security and reservations. With no prior experience, the hotel invested in training and development to provide the necessary skills for their new job in the hotel; and the hearing impaired employees have responded in amazing fashion, some even setting a new level of service for the hearing staff.
In 2015, the hotel won The Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Diversity & Inclusion.
“Embracing diversity and inclusion is an important pillar of Our Promise, our company’s employee value proposition, says Wolfgang M. Neumann, president and chief executive officer, Rezidor Hotel Group. “The team at Park Inn Cape Town has proven that the true strength of a business and community lies in its differences, not its similarities. I am exceptionally proud to see our colleagues win this great recognition from The Guardian.”
Read more about this unique program here.