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Kowloon Shangri-La launches 'Health Passport' for Employees

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Wednesday, 21 November 2007

A “health passport” for Kowloon Shangri-La employees is the latest development in Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ corporate social responsibility programme, one of whose key focus areas is to promote health and safety for both guests and employees.

The health passport is specifically designed with advice from health professionals to provide information and education on strengthening individual health. Resources are available on a variety of health topics such as stress control, smoking cessation, nutrition, body mass index and occupational health. The objectives of the health passport include increasing employee awareness of healthy lifestyle choices, providing support to employees in making healthy lifestyle choices, assisting in the development of supportive workplace environments in order to meet health promotion goals, and increasing employee awareness of health risks.

Many of the activities are open to employees’ family members. A well-being point system is also in place as an incentive to motivate staff to participate. Staff can collect stamps from the activities they have participated in which can be used at the end of the year to redeem prizes.

“Our group recognises that staff is one of its most important assets and always places employees on the top of the priority list,” said Tan Eng Leong, group director of human resources for Shangri-La Hotels and Resources. “Hotel management is encouraged to develop any means to educate, motivate and empower employees for better health and well being; the ‘Health Passport’ is just the latest in a series of innovative initiatives in this area.”

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched a two-year development strategy to enhance its corporate social responsibility. Activities in the area of health and wellness range from training employees on avian flu awareness and the importance of workplace health and safety; organising group exercises; arranging health talks; establishing weight management programmes; to providing free flu vaccines to staff and to their family members at a discounted rate. Besides health and safety, the group’s corporate social responsibility programme places emphasis on four other key areas: the environment; employees and the community; supply chain management; and stakeholder relations.

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