A HOTEL in Stratford is closing for ten days during January as part of a new ‘Wellbeing Week’ designed to help boost the morale and wellness of its staff.
For the very first time, The Arden Hotel, on Waterside, will close for custom during the initiative between January 9 and 18 – although the spa remains open for treatments and facility use.
Staff can opt to spend the time however they wish, or can join wellbeing events put on by the hotel including an exercise session from a personal trainer.
The Eden Hotel Collection, which has hotels across the country, decided to launch the initiative for 2022 across all of its hotels to give staff a deserved break and start the New Year refreshed after a difficult year for the hospitality industry.
Mark Chambers, managing director at The Eden Hotel Collection, said: “People are at the heart of the hospitality sector, and none more so than our staff who have been working so incredibly hard.
“However, hospitality has been one of the hardest-hit sectors throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Restrictions have led to long periods of closure, and the restart in May – while hugely welcome – also led to prolonged periods of high business levels against a backdrop of well-documented industry staff shortages.
“We are very conscious of the impact the last 18 months has had on our people and really wanted to ensure everyone has the time and space to focus on their health and wellbeing.
“Whether that’s by joining one of the wellbeing sessions, or by spending time with their family and friends, we hope the Wellbeing Week will help all staff return into the New Year refreshed and ready to welcome back our guests.”
The closure of all hotels will allow staff to utilise their annual leave for some much-needed time off.
As well as a session from personal trainer and wellness coach Kate Cheer, the Wellbeing Week will include drop-in ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions with the hotel’s HR teams upon their return.
Staff will also be given a month’s access to mindfulness app Headspace, links for wellbeing sources, tools such as a Mental Health MOT, and recommended podcasts and playlists relating to mindfulness and relaxation.