Former Team Members Head Back to Sandals

PRESS RELEASE:-Castries, Saint Lucia – June 23 2017 – Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia has been welcoming back several of its former team members, who barely six months ago left to pursue what, at the time, seemed like a better opportunity at a foreign hotel property in the north of the island.

General Manager of Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort Mr. Winston Anderson says while a number of former team members have already been integrated back into the company, dozens more have inquired about a return to the world’s number one all-inclusive resort.

One returning team member, who held the position of Restaurant Manager, said she returned to Sandals after finding out that the grass was NOT in fact greener on the other side.

While another employee, a fine-dining chef, insisted on taking the only job available, even though it meant a demotion, just so that she could return to Sandals, confident that the company’s development structure will allow her to work her way back to the top.

According to Mr. Anderson Sandals was happy to welcome home many of those who’ve returned.

“We were disappointed when some of our team members decided to leave and travel to the north. However I can’t say we were surprised when just months later they’ve come knocking at our doors asking to return home. We mean it when we say we always put the welfare of the employee first. We are happy therefore to welcome back team members understanding that some would have made a mistake, although you would appreciate that some of the jobs we ended up filling already.”

Mr. Anderson said it is the unique Sandals culture that promotes an environment of inclusion, respect and team building, which cannot be replicated despite the best efforts of the competition. More than that, Sandals’ depth of investment in training and development of its team members is unmatched anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Last year Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart knocked the fact that many large hotel chains come to destinations like Saint Lucia and try to entice employees away from hotels that invest in training like Sandals. President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Karoline Troubetzkoy had also criticized the practice of ‘poaching’ as being inimical to many indigenous resorts that invest in training.

Access to training and development was a major concern of several of the employees who returned to Sandals. Regional Public Relations Manager Sunil Ramdeen pointed out that Sandals Team members have access to over 200 accreditation programmes through its Sandals Corporate University, and are also able to access degree programmes and scholarships to pursue academic achievements up to the doctorate level.

“Not too many people do or care to do that for team members. We do it because Sandals is a Caribbean company, and we believe in the people of the Caribbean. It’s easy to promise people the moon and stars, but to deliver on that promise is something else. At Sandals everyone is treated with respect, and that example is set at the very top by our Chairman the Hon. Gordon Butch Stewart, by our Deputy Chairman and CEO Mr. Adam Stewart, and by every Director and manager in this company.”

Beyond training, the overall compensation package for Sandals team members offers unique benefits that are not commonplace in the industry, such as pension and health care benefits. Sandals continuous expansion and development activities also ensure that there is the opportunity for vertical movement for team members.

Sandals has been investing in the development of Destination Saint Lucia since 1992, and has played a pivotal role in helping the island transition from a banana-based economy to one that can now boast of a vibrant tourism sector. The resort employs over 1500 team members at its three resorts, and is anticipating providing direct employment for another 700 persons with the addition of the fourth property, Sandals La Source St. Lucia, a 330-key all-suite luxury resort. Further opportunities are also expected to arise following the proposed upgrades to the 18-hole Championship St. Lucia Golf Club, which was recently acquired by the group.

18 Comments

  1. Casuals
    June 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    And while they at it up grade the pay of a casual worker at sandal. $430 after NIC with no service charge. And we the casuals work just as hard. Especially when we come with experience. That kind of money with the harsh treatment of permanent worker demotivates us. And a one month contract break sucks

  2. Former employee
    June 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Well said hun

  3. God is good
    June 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    That right to happen to Royalton .I am a qualified person in my field well trained by SANDALS .they interviewed me twice and never called me .I their waiting for them to call me up to now.and I need the job.you see.

    1. Unknown
      June 24, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Same here hun they interviewed me twice and never called back..

      1. Anonymous
        June 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        Well they may be calling you now or bring the persons they originally wanted to bring from overseas…

  4. doc
    June 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    the casual workers at sandals are working dam hard and they getting little money and no service charge. work 3 months and 1 month break. no form of permanent coming out. that’s pure slavery for a billionaire Hotel chain.Id spit in their face period

  5. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    And why is that news? What a disgrace. This is just jealousy from sandals trying to stay in the spotlight. Since when an employee coming back to an establishment news? Alot if these hotels just afraid.

    1. Anonymous
      June 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I totally agree with you. How did that qualify as news.
      Smh

  6. Anonymous
    June 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

    How is this news.

  7. Anonymous
    June 24, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Low blow by Sandals but I am not surprised. I have worked with them and have evidence of their disregard for St. Lucian Labor laws. Now you fabricate this story because it is puts you in a positive light? Why not treat people well enough so they wouldn’t have to leave your business in the first place. NOW THAT WOULD BE NEWS!!

    1. Anonymous
      June 25, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Agreed.
      If they were satisfied in the first place they would not have left. SMH

  8. Lucianman101
    June 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    This article seems very petty for a hotel chain of Sandals stature. Did you need to publicize that former employees are returning?

  9. Anonymous
    June 25, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Why is this news?!!!. If it was in fact news: Why not address why they all left. And if they all returned

  10. Casual
    June 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Wow sandals makes nosense for a causal they works hard sometimes they hv to do the job of 3 pple n lets still treat dem like shate sandals sad n they gonna lose half of their staffs again wen habour club opens little money for hard work they still dnt hv enough staff so y put split back if urll said that they hv staffs cumin bc wow y urll hv some resturant 3pple on a shift uh tell me y urll dnt move the stupid short hour n give pple 3days off for a fortnight n pay the casual better with urll stupid law abt 1month break nonsense.

  11. Anonymous
    June 25, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Capitalizing on the situation to put Sandals in the spotlight to me is low – minded and shameful. I wonder how accurate is this?

  12. Anonymous
    June 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Interesting comments

  13. Jhoney
    July 5, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Very interesting n factual stories. I really wish they would treat their staff better in regards to salaries. It’s a shame how some of the workers worked tirelessly n get no remuneration bcus they’re not getting a gd competitor. Royalton was a sham they only use pple jus like the previous hotel that was in the same location but God isn’t sleeping

  14. Irie Man
    July 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    the human resource lady sancha wanna bring her bad people from old smugglers resort and she hire Mexicans with no work permit! the labor department need to know! she gossip all day, she a bad woman! she don’t care about her own people!

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