Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can #BreakTheBias.
“At Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, we strive to forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated. As we support this year’s IWD campaign, together we will continue to be absolutely committed to forge women’s equality in the workplace and collectively we can all #BreakTheBias”, said Joon Aun Ooi, president, Asia Pacific, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Read on to see what these women leaders in Wyndham have to say about their roles, their passion and conviction:
Jinna Yoon, Director of Development, South Korea, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
A: I always think first about how I can support, assist and co-operate when I approach owners of the hotel and other clients, to uphold our core values. I take ownership of the problems so that owners feel we care. When we face on some issues together, I’m encouraging them with a positive attitude.
I’m also trying to excel and improve my abilities as I believe that excellence and continuous improvement are inextricably intertwined. Good performance on the job could establish trust and credibility with owners, and we uphold our values.
A: Working in the Hotel Business Development field – which is a male-dominated industry in Korea, I realised that I needed to improve my skills and abilities to be treated equally. I get more confident as I have made so much effort to improve my skills set. The same kind of situation has not affected me at all as we all know there is no limit to what we are as women, and what we can do. Now, I realised we should work together and find out how we can support each other professionally, not as men or women. I know that I can do anything that men can do, regardless of gender. I believe that as long as I do my job well, they will respect and see me as a professional partner. Keeping this kind of attitude, I gained respect from all of my clients and they treat me as a valued business partner.
Jane Yang, Senior Director, Commercial Asia Pacific, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
A: In business, there’s no one-size-fits-all model. Each person and function is different, but we do have the same goal-driven on daily basis as a team member, and the only way to address all of this is to always remain honest and respect what’s going on in our business. A small word and a simple sentence will make big difference around your peers in the workplace and what if all of us are doing so?
A: My leadership advice is this - if you want to establish a solid team and mutual relationship among your team members, you must deliver your promise and keep transparency. I don’t have specific advice as everyone is different based on their experience, but just to share some thoughts which I think are important:
• Stay focused
• Take Responsibility
• Respect your team members
• Keep your commitments
Jennifer Li, Hotel Manager, Wyndham Jingzhou, China
A: We are honoured to celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth in March and it also lets us look back and honour the many achievements of women through history and vast strides made by women today. On the other hand, I am are very happy to work with a company that promotes inclusivity and equal opportunity.
A: We are treating them as our life philosophy and basic standard. We sincerely believe that one strong company that possesses the above characteristics must be successful in the market.
Therefore, we are learning and following closely the above values, which are also imprinted into our hotel company culture.
Using the company culture to influence our team members to follow up, is good practice.
Claire Tng, Contracts Administrator, SEAPR, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
A: I’ve always thought women were way stronger. Working full time while raising a family and not complaining, just doing. Women all around the world still do this day in and day out. #WomensHistoryMonth is a celebration of the women of the past, who gave me my rights; the women of the present, who are fighting for my rights; and the women of the future, who will keep fighting for those rights.
Helen Yu, Director, Business Development Greater China, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
A: At the recently concluded Beijing Winter Olympic Games, 45% of the athletes from China are women, and actually, they won 50% of the gold medals for the team. This fact actually can apply to many industries in China and globally, same as the hotel industry. More and more women engage in and contribute a lot to the industry's success.
A: For the hotel business development area, you have to travel a lot which means you need to make more effort on work-life balance physically and mentally. For me I will make the most use of the time on the road to read and stretch myself, to make mind and body alert, while trying to leave more time with family during weekends and holidays.
Naphat Kennedy, Director of Human Resources, Wyndham Grand Nai Harn Beach Phuket, Thailand
A: From the very first day when employees join our team, we stress the importance of our 5 Core Values (Integrity, Accountability, Inclusive, Caring and Fun), as a central tenet upon which we can work in harmony with one another while supporting the company's vision. From Winner's Week events to sports and activities, we work hard to enhance our working relationships and build a platform where teamwork can flourish.
A: My best leadership tip is to think of leadership as a responsibility as much as an opportunity. Effective leaders understand that they are responsible for everyone that they are leading, and consider that responsibility as the main concern of their position. Leaders must have a clear and compelling vision and be able to communicate that vision to the team. Leaders also work hard and lead by example, which helps staff feel part of a team and maintain productivity.