Rezidor enhances maternity policy for Middle East

Benefits include extended maternity leave, flexible working conditions, and possible part-time working until the child is one year old

The Women in Leadership programme has been taken up a notch with Rezidor's enhanced maternity policy.
The Women in Leadership programme has been taken up a notch with Rezidor's enhanced maternity policy.

The Rezidor Hotel Group launched their Women in Leadership initiative two years ago to increase the percentage of women in leadership positions within the company.

Since then they have been creating working environments to overcome the barriers that may be blocking women from developing into senior leadership positions.

The latest initiative from the group in the Middle East is a flexible approach to maternity leave provision in order to ensure its female leaders are empowered to grow in their career with the company.

Female employees are now entitled to 60 days maternity leave in the UAE, Oman and Qatar while those in Kuwait and Lebanon are entitled to 70 days.

Area vice president Middle East & Turkey Mark Willis said: “When it comes to the development and retention of our female leaders we believe in sustainable and lasting change with a focus on long term career planning for all. This of course includes support for mothers and pregnant women.

“Our new maternity policy is designed to help working mothers achieve a reasonable work-life balance and to be available to care for their family.”

In addition to the increased maternity leave, expectant mothers will also have the right to a reasonable amount of time off to attend prenatal care appointments and to be paid for this time off.

New mothers will also have the opportunity to consider part time work until the child is one year old as part of Rezidor’s new flexible working arrangements.

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