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PageGroup responds to weekend trip allegations

Following media reports of poor behaviour from a group of Michael Page Australia (PageGroup) employees at a ski resort in New South Wales, Australia, last weekend, PageGroup has responded to RI’s request for a comment.

 

PageGroup stated, “There have been recent allegations made about the behaviour of Michael Page staff who were on a weekend trip to a Mount Buller ski resort.

 

“While this was not a company funded or sanctioned work trip, there were nonetheless Michael Page employees involved in the incident. Michael Page holds all its employees to the highest level of ethical behaviour, whether they are officially representing our company or not. We are extremely upset about the behaviour of some of our employees and make no excuses for their actions.

 

“We have been in touch directly with the people who were affected by the behaviour of the individuals involved and offered our unreserved apologies. We are very disturbed by the allegations made.

 

“We are undertaking a thorough investigation into the matter and will make sure that all the individuals involved are interviewed and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Michael Page has an extremely strict code of conduct for our employees and we are extremely disappointed in the behaviour of the individuals involved in this incident. We are taking this extremely seriously and will do everything that we can to protect our company’s reputation.

 

“Michael Page will be making no further comment.”

 

The original story from The Age, Victoria, is in full below.

 

Michael Page staff accused of abusive and aggressive behaviour on ski weekend

 

Staff of large recruitment agency Michael Page allegedly became highly intoxicated and threatened to "kick in the heads" of the managers of a Victorian ski lodge during a wild weekend stay.

 

Stephanie Sparrow, who manages Mount Buller's Reindeer Ski Club with her father, said she woke on Saturday morning to find a lodge that "appeared to have been home to the biggest party of the season".  Rubbish covered the floors, she claimed, food lined benches and broken glass was scattered across the floors. Ms Sparrow said the guests' behaviour only worsened, before she and father were allegedly physically threatened.

 

Police confirmed they were called to Mount Buller's Reindeer Ski Club regarding unruly guests early on Sunday morning. Upon arrival, officers were told the guests had settled down.

 

However, later that day, Ms Sparrow blasted the behaviour of the Michael Page employees in a Facebook post that has been shared by more than 1000 people.

 

"On Friday night myself and my father who manage Reindeer Ski Club explained to your staff the expectations etc of a club lodge," Stephanie Sparrow wrote in the post, which was directed to Michael Page Australia. "However, over the next 12 hours we were woken up no less than four times by guests who chose to come into our room [separate and clearly labelled private] or knock on our door." Ms Sparrow, a former ski instructor, alleged there were "extreme levels of intoxication" among the 22 staff members she claims were staying at the club.

 

On Monday, Michael Page released a statement saying the weekend was not a company-funded or sanctioned work trip. "There were nonetheless Michael Page employees involved in the incident," the statement said. "We are extremely upset about the behaviour of some of our employees and make no excuses for their actions. We have been in touch directly with the people who were affected by the behaviour of the individuals involved and offered our unreserved apologies.

 

"We are very disturbed by the allegations made." The company said an internal investigation into the incident was under way and that all individuals allegedly involved would be interviewed and that "appropriate disciplinary action will be taken".

 

"We are extremely disappointed in the behaviour of the individuals involved in this incident. We are taking this extremely seriously and will do everything that we can to protect our company's reputation."

 

In the Facebook post, Ms Sparrow said she and her father had repeatedly asked the guests to help clean up on Saturday.  But their behaviour worsened on Saturday night, she said. "We were woken four times, each time by vicious banging on our bedroom door," she wrote.

 

"The power had gone out, it was our job to 'fix' it. The fourth time, after we had told them we couldn't fix it, we did not open the door."

 

Ms Sparrow said two men then threatened to kick down the door and "kick in our heads", about 4.30am on Sunday.

 

She called police. After police left, she pleaded via Facebook with Michael Page Recruitment to help discipline any staff members involved. "I'm not sure what you expect of your employees when they head out on work trips or how you hope they represent your company, but the legacy left by Michael Page Recruitment at Reindeer Ski Club ... it's one of verbal abuse and alcohol-fuelled [threats of] violence."

 

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