Sabre Corporation, the leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, has launched a transformed employee wellbeing experience, aimed at fostering a supportive environment where people can thrive, learn, succeed, and give back.
The Company, which previously announced its vision to create a new marketplace for personalized travel, is investing in its team members to be their best, both personally and professionally, as they focus on immediate post-pandemic recovery and on driving Sabre’s ambitious long-term goals.
“Sabre has a bold vision – and we need the best people to make this happen,” said Shawn Williams, Chief People Officer, Sabre. “We employ some of the world’s top talent and we’re focused on creating an environment in which they can reach their full potential, helping us reshape the global travel industry from the inside out. Investing in our people – both present and future – is a huge priority for us, and it is our aim to cultivate a culture that is rewarding, supporting and transparent.”
Work from Anywhere
Sabre has introduced a global Work from Anywhere (WFA) program which provides Sabre team members with a selection of flexible work arrangements. Designed to accommodate team members’ individual needs and circumstances, the WFA program will support work/life balance, improving productivity, motivation and job satisfaction.
“Our Work from Anywhere framework empowers our team members to choose a working arrangement that suits them,” continued Shawn Williams. “We recognize that there’s no one-size-fits-all way of working and giving people the choice to shape their own will help them do their best work, feel valued and stay focused. And, while the human interaction of working in an office is important, we’ve all seen the power of technology this year in helping us stay connected and keep business moving from afar.”
Sabre has transformed its approach to employee wellness, investing in a host of new resources to enhance the team member experience. To drive this, the Company has created the Sabre Wellbeing Advisor Group (SWAG), a council of a dozen team members from around the world who will guide conversation around wellbeing, capture best practices and enhance tools and programs to support employee wellbeing.
One of the first initiatives introduced by the council is a partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and wellbeing, to provide free, premium access to their award-winning mindfulness app.
“Through the Headspace partnership, we hope to encourage team members to take time out for themselves every day and enjoy the benefits of increased productivity and improved stress resilience and creativity that come from consistent meditation and mindfulness exercises,” said Williams.
Recognizing the importance of volunteering, Sabre has a ‘Give Together’ program, which enables all team members to take four days of paid time off per year to volunteer for any purpose they choose.
To further expand ‘Give Together’, Sabre recently partnered with Benevity – the global leader in workplace giving, volunteering and grant making programs – in order to help team members, find the volunteer opportunities that mean the most to them. Through Benevity, Sabre also highlights STEM opportunities, with a view to helping to create critical thinkers and enable the next generation of innovators.
Sabre is also rolling out a global mentoring initiative to help team members to develop technical and leadership skills in areas they believe they need support.
Sabre wants to give its team members the tools and resources to drive their own careers. As such, the mentoring program is one of several programs that the Company has introduced to help team members grow and develop, and to align their personal goals with business goals. Other initiatives include a leader speaker series, skill-building series and peer coaching series where leaders coach and support each other.
Inclusion and diversity
Underpinning the programs above is Sabre’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, where team members – with their wide and rich variety of differences – can bring their full selves to work, contribute their best and feel like they belong. As a global employer with offices in 70 countries, Sabre has made a deliberate and intentional commitment to Inclusion and Diversity (I&D). The Company’s I&D Council, which is made up of representatives across regions from all areas of the business and across multiple demographics, is defining a globally consistent approach to Inclusion and Diversity as a business imperative, helping Sabre embrace the talents of every team member across the globe enabling an inclusive and stimulating environment where all have equal opportunity to do their best.
Our ambition to be a great place to work and an employer of choice has always been a priority. These initiatives have resulted in the Sabre Bengaluru Global Capability Center getting certified by the Great Place to Work® Institute as an organization that builds a High-Trust, High-Performance Culture™.
“With the pandemic creating an imbalance in work and life priorities, strengthening our team members’ purpose and pride in contributions they make for our community, customers and organization helps create a sense of belonging. From inclusive conversation guides to fostering communities of practices such as Women in Technology, we enrich each other through the diversity of thought, perspective and experience”, said Jaya Kumar K, VP & Managing Director, Sabre Global Capability Center, Bengaluru – India