31 December 2014

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific receives China HR Staff Award for leadership development

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific has received the “Best Practice in Leadership Development” accolade for Starwood Careers at the prestigious 17th China HR Staff Awards 2014 held in Suzhou, China.

Inaugurated in 1998, the China Staff Awards by CCH, a Wolters Kluwer company, is known as one of the most reputable human resources (HR) awards in Greater China. They are also known as the 'Oscars' of the HR community. The Best Practice in Leadership Development award is bestowed on the organisation that has displayed clear and well-executed strategies in talent selection, motivation and development at all associate levels. The award also recognises outstanding programmes such as formal coaching and mentoring programmes that help develop and nurture potential successors to ensure business continuity.

Dylan Choong, Director, Human Resources, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific said, “The award is truly an encouragement and a testament that our talent management and development programme, Starwood Careers, is nurturing the future leaders of the hospitality industry. This award also goes out to our dedicated mentors and associates who have worked hard over the years to implement and execute the initiatives within the programme.”

Starwood Careers was conceptualised specifically in the Asia Pacific to fit the region’s unique needs. It seeks to proactively build Starwood’s talent bench strength through strategic integrated approaches for talent management and development. Since 2003, Starwood Careers has nurtured more than 10,000 Associates; and in 2014 alone, more than 3,000 Associates across Asia Pacific are expected to benefit from Starwood Careers.

Participating for the first time, Starwood Asia Pacific is one of 13 organisations honored in the annual awards that confer recognition on organisations with the best practices in key areas of human capital management and development. Starwood was also a finalist for the “Best Practice in Engagement and Retention” award for Starwood Cares, Starwood’s commitment towards creating a more caring and supportive workplace. This award seeks to recognise companies that successfully and meaningfully keep their most valued employees engaged.
Starwood continues to be one of the fastest growing hotel companies in Asia Pacific. It currently has over 280 hotels in operation and over 220 hotels in the pipeline; and since January 2014, Starwood has opened more than 18 hotels across its nine lifestyle brands in Asia Pacific. To date, the company has received over 20 awards and accolades in the areas of employee engagement, talent development, training and employer of choice.