THREE Cities Group has appointed General Manager of the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, Chris Godenir, as the Group’s “Manager of Soul”, the only hospitality group in the country to have such an innovative programme.
“In the fast-paced business and hospitality world, many young employees need nurturing and guidance to flourish into driven, productive and fulfilled workers and at Three Cities we firmly believe that an excellent mentor can stimulate apparently ordinary people to extraordinary capability,” says Three Cities Group CEO Michael Lambert.
Renowned for his dedication to improving the working environment of Peninsula Hotel employees as well as a keen awareness of social issues and tireless efforts to uplift needy communities, Chris Godenir has instilled these values at The Peninsula Hotel.
“If enough individuals impact just one other person, then collectively we can impact the world,” says Chris Godenir.
The inspiration clearly works amongst staff at the Peninsula All-Suite Hotel which was awarded the Investors In People Standard 2009 and was voted the RCI Best Large Resort 2010 at the prestigious RCI Awards 2011, the fourth year that the Hotel has received this award.
One of several Three Cities CSI initiatives, the Three Cities Starfish Mentorship Programme is based on the premise that even small gestures can make a big difference and, as an innovative employee mentor-ship programme, aims to nourish Three Cities employees’ souls and foster their personal, emotional and professional well-being by pairing more experienced employees with less experienced colleagues for guidance.
As Three Cities Manager of Soul, Chris Godenir has pledged to practice an open door policy and be involved in two way communication.
Moreover, as part of their dedication to the souls of their employees, Three Cities also has plans to launch a “soul helpline” which employees will be able to call whenever they are in need of guidance and inspiration.
Other “soul initiatives” Three Cities Group has conducted in the past include “Project Smile” which raised R35 000 to build a playground SOS Children’s Village in Thornton, Cape Town and “Golfing For Good” which raised R130 000 for The Cape Leopard Trust and Child Welfare.