Amsterdam, 31 August, 2022 – The Student Hotel, a Dutch chain of European hotels and student accommodation, is partnering with Personio, Europe’s leading HR software company for small and mid-sized businesses, to support its rapid international growth and to increase the efficiency of its HR processes. Thanks to the automation of recurring manual tasks and processes by Personio, The Student Hotel is able to better manage the swift increase in the number of employees across Europe.
The Student Hotel was founded in 2006 by Scottish-Dutch entrepreneur Charlie MacGregor, based on the belief that students deserved better housing. Since then, The Student Hotel has grown into an internationally renowned hospitality brand, with 15 hotels in 12 European cities, including Amsterdam, Delft, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Florence and Bologna.
The number of employees also increased rapidly and now stands at 650. This growth is continuing. Additionally, the hospitality industry tends to have a lot of flexible employee contracts, due to seasonal influences and peaks, among other things. Personio helps to make these processes as efficient as possible within this complex HR landscape.
“Following the acquisition of hotels in various countries, we had to deal with a lot of different HR systems. As a result, a ‘single point of truth’ for personnel information was missing. We wanted to change that, with one centralized HR system for all information about our employees in all countries,” says Jurgen van den Bragt, Financial System Manager at The Student Hotel. “Because of limited time and capacity, we were looking for something that could get us started quickly. Plug and play, as it were. We were also looking for a partner that could support us with the configuration and rollout. We found all that in Personio. In a demo environment we found that we could get things done very quickly and that it is a very user-friendly solution. So the choice was quickly made.”
HR system for the long term
In addition, Personio’s focus on Europe was a factor in The Student Hotel’s decision. The rapid succession of investments in Personio, such as the second Series E investment round in June 2022 , were also a reason for The Student Hotel to choose Personio, according to Van den Bragt: “This is a signal that people have confidence in Personio’s business model, allowing them to continue to grow and develop the platform at the same pace as we do. That means it is a HR system for the long term.”
In addition to optimizing and aligning HR throughout the organization, The Student Hotel also wanted to automate as many manual tasks and processes as possible, in order to improve efficiency. Some of Personio’s unique features are the ability to automate common HR tasks using People Workflow Automation, as well as integrations with over 100 third-party solutions. The Student Hotel has already integrated Personio and the Greenhouse’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS) that it uses. A connection has also been established for single sign-on with Microsoft Azure, in order to secure access to the system.
“The Student Hotel is a great example of a successful, fast-growing European company and we are proud to have them become one of our customers. The company aims to approach HR from an overall vision for all locations, with a complete and European-oriented HR platform. It is great that Personio can help them to automate their HR processes so that they have more time for what is really important: the people”, says Lars Boom, Country Manager Benelux for Personio.
After a fast implementation, the first location went live in May 2022 and all locations were transferred to Personio by the end of July. The data of 400 employees is already in the system and the rest will follow soon. Van den Bragt is pleased with Personio’s Customer Success Management option, which The Student Hotel supports: “They guided us well and the entire implementation process also meant we started to better think through our various HR processes. We are going to change many things, following Personio’s processes and methods . The Customer Success Management team is a proactive and strategic partner in this .”
About The Student Hotel
The Student Hotel concept started with one simple observation: that students deserve better. Today, that vision has become reality and grown to encompass all guests with a ‘student spirit’. From design-savvy travellers to next-gen entrepreneurs, TSH welcomes thousands of guests annually to its expanding portfolio of urban campus-style properties across Europe. Purpose-built or housed in historic converted buildings, TSH’s industry-leading concept provides blended spaces to learn, stay, work and play for a night, a week, a month or a year.
TSH is on a journey to remain as responsible and impactful as possible – both in how we build our hotels and engage with our communities. Our properties are developed and managed in accordance with international ESG standards, and through our programming we aim to inspire and activate our communities to contribute to a fairer and greener world.
Founded in 2012, TSH is headquartered in Amsterdam and has 650 employees. All TSH properties offer a mixed-use campus with accommodation, bars, restaurants, gyms, retail shops, meeting and event spaces and high-profile, co-working space. With over 11,000 rooms in Europe open and under development, TSH aims to offer a unique experience to its community of international guests. As of today, TSH is operating in 15 European locations: two hotels in Amsterdam and in Barcelona and one in Berlin, The Hague, Delft, Vienna, Groningen, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Paris, Florence and Bologna. TSH’s total locations amount to 25 hotels, with 15 open, three opening this year and seven more by 2025.
For more information, please visit More than just a hotel – The Student Hotel
Personio is the People Operating System for small and medium-sized companies with 10 to 2,000 employees. Based in Munich, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Dublin and Amsterdam, Personio’s mission is to make HR processes as transparent and efficient as possible so HR can focus on what matters most: people. Personio does that by offering an all-in-one HR software that includes human resources management, recruiting and payroll, enabling HR to go beyond HR. Thanks to People Workflow Automation technology Personio helps more than 7,000 customers across Europe to remove delays and realize opportunities.
In June 2022, Personio raised an additional $200m through the second closing of its Series E funding round, at a valuation of $8.5bn. Visit https://personio.com for more information.
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