Motel 6 and Studio 6 will be first economy lodging brands to provide personal safety devices to all hotel team members.
DALLAS – G6 Hospitality LLC, the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada, announced a series of new and enhanced programs and policies to help ensure team member safety on property and across function areas.
This autumn, the company will begin providing personal safety devices (PSDs) to all team members at its corporate owned and managed hotels, with the intent to have the devices in place by end of March 2019. All team members on duty will receive a PSD that emits a dual siren alarm with multiple means of activation. G6 Hospitality will be the first in the economy lodging sector to provide PSDs to its team members across all functions at its hotels.
"People are the heart of this business and the single greatest asset to G6 Hospitality. That is why we are committed to the well-being, peace of mind and safety of our team members and guests, and we continue to take steps to improve that experience," said Rob Palleschi, CEO, G6 Hospitality. "We are proud to partner with the American Hotel & Lodging Association and other member brands in this important safety initiative. These PSDs will provide another layer of security for our team members, in addition to the other measures we have in place to ensure their safety, including written policies against harassment and violence in the workplace, multi-lingual training to help team members identify and report harassment and violence, and a confidential employee hotline."
Also this year, the company will introduce anti-human trafficking training to corporate, field and property team members. The company partnered with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST) to provide management team members important insights to help property team members better understand and combat the issue of human trafficking. Additionally, the company developed its own training for all property team members to understand how to effectively intervene and identify potential trafficking situations to protect each other, guests and the community.
"With the new anti-trafficking training and personal safety devices, we are re-emphasizing our commitment to our team members and guests," said Palleschi. "We will continue to review and evolve our policies, procedures and brand standards and identify new and emerging practices and technologies to ensure that team member safety is always at the heart of our operations."
The company plans to provide guidance to its franchise community, in the form of brand standards, recommended policies and product sourcing support for the purchase and implementation of personal safety devices, with the intent that all franchisees will have them by the end of 2019.
The announcement reflects the commitment made by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Earlier, the hotel industry association announced its 5-Star Promise, a pledge to provide hotel employees across the U.S. with personal safety devices and commit to enhanced policies, trainings and resources that together are aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment and assault.
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