Wyndham Destinations Revamps Office Space and Makes Working from Home a Permanent Offering

(GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND) 17 NOVEMBER, 2020 – Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific now offers new flexible work arrangements and is redesigning its office space to match, as the hospitality giant continues to adapt to a post-COVID world.

The Bundall-based company was one of the first Gold Coast businesses to shift its workforce to working from home when COVID-19 hit in March. As restrictions have eased, it has commenced a planned return to office schedule which has a balance of working from home and from the office.

“When we were suddenly forced to work from home, we found in some cases productivity actually lifted among our workforce,” said Bruce Harkness, Senior Vice President, Human Resources. “We have teams across 10 countries and the widespread use of video conferencing vastly helped to improve how we communicate, connect and stimulated increased innovation. It also enhanced feelings of equality and inclusion, with many individuals reporting that they are feeling closer to their colleagues and less ‘siloed.’ The lockdown gave us the chance to revaluate how we do business, and improve upon our processes.”

The company has renewed its lease of the Wyndham Corporate Centre at 1 Corporate Ct, Bundall, until 2028 with CorVal Partners Ltd. With plans for a modern, inspiring space covering two floors including the top 10th floor, designed to suit the company’s new flexible way of working, the architecturally designed workplace is being created in conjunction with Harry Poulos Architects. Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has also retained the naming rights to the building and operation of Canteen Social on the ground floor.

“Our renewal of the lease of the Wyndham Corporate Centre demonstrates our commitment to the Gold Coast as one of the city’s largest private employers,” said Barry Robinson, President and Managing Director. “We are excited to be creating a workplace of the future here in Bundall, with state of the art hygiene measures in place and a space cohesive to collaboration, creativity and innovation, while being mindful of social distancing.”

"We may have some employees who will work from home permanently and therefore will forego their assigned office space, but can still utilise designated space at the Wyndham Destinations Corporate Centre when needed," he added.

“We are proud to offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work preferences, while balancing business needs and ensuring we continue to develop our inclusive and customer centric culture. We are a company that aims to always be innovative and we recognise there is no one-size-fits-all solution given the variety of roles, core competencies and business needs we have. What we know is that our employees are happier and perform better in a balanced, flexible work environment,” said Mr Harkness.

Once dubbed the ‘Google of the Gold Coast,’ Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has long been praised for its forward thinking workplace practices and employee benefits from regular free employee yoga and fitness classes as well as mindfulness workshops (all currently offered online), subsidised health cover, learning and development opportunities, paid parental leave, discounted resort stays, reward and recognition programs, along with bespoke mental health awareness and resilience courses for both leaders and general staff. The Wyndham Corporate Centre is also a Green Building Council of Australia five-star, green-star rated office tower.

Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND), the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company, was recently named as a Best Employer on the fourth-annual Forbes Magazine list of World's Best Employers 2020.