Bukit Vista’s Buddies Balance Work Program: Balancing Work and Hospitality Excellence

img Jey Bukitvista | November 2, 2023

Hello, I’m Jey, currently interning with the Human Resource team at Bukit Vista. You might have come across my previous blog posts and articles, where I’ve shared insights about our company culture and stories from our dedicated employees. Today, I’m excited to share with you the stories behind one of our employee programs here in Bukit Vista.


In the dynamic world of hospitality, it’s crucial to understand the various aspects of your business thoroughly. At Bukit Vista, an innovative property management company, we’ve taken an unconventional approach to ensure everyone gets a comprehensive understanding of their operations. We call it the Buddies Balance Work (BBW) program, a unique initiative designed to involve every team member in various divisions, providing them with a holistic view of the company’s functions. This program offers two distinct experiences: Guest operations and content creation.

What is the Buddies Balance Work Program?

The Buddies Balance Work Program (BBW) at Bukit Vista is an internal initiative that encourages employees to step out of their comfort zones and experience different roles within the company. It offers a chance for team members to broaden their skill sets, gain new perspectives, and develop a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the organization. This program is designed to foster a sense of camaraderie among employees while promoting a healthy work-life balance.

Guest Ops: A Peek into the Heart of Hospitality

Guest ops, the inaugural component of Bukit Vista’s Buddies Balance Work (BBW) program, takes employees on an immersive journey into the very essence of hospitality. This phase is all about placing employees right at the forefront of the guest experience, allowing them to not just observe but actively engage with the intricacies of the hospitality industry. This immersive learning experience unfolds in two primary divisions: Reservations and Hosting, where participants have the unique opportunity to directly interact with guests and be an integral part of the service delivery process.

In the Reservations division, participants become vital members of the team responsible for coordinating and managing reservations. Here, they gain hands-on experience in understanding the booking process, responding to inquiries, and managing reservations, which are the first steps in crafting a remarkable guest experience. Whether it’s guiding potential guests through the booking process or helping them choose the perfect accommodation, these employees play a crucial role in ensuring that the guest’s journey begins on the right note.

On the other hand, the Hosting division provides employees with a close-up view of what it means to be an exceptional host. It’s a unique opportunity to directly engage with guests staying in Bukit Vista-managed properties.

What makes this phase of the BBW program even more valuable is the guidance and mentorship provided by seasoned team members. Supervision from experienced professionals ensures that participants not only gain practical experience but also learn from the best in the business. This hands-on, collaborative learning approach is what sets the BBW program apart, allowing employees to not only understand the nuances of the hospitality industry but also to develop the skills and mindset needed to excel in it. As they navigate the world of reservations and hosting, participants become well-rounded and guest-centric individuals, perfectly aligned with Bukit Vista’s commitment to delivering exceptional guest experiences.

Guest Experience Supervisor: Navigating the Guest Experience

Villas that participants from BBW are required to assess during the inspection.

The BBW GES role at Bukit Vista is instrumental in maintaining top-quality standards for inspected properties. This multifaceted role involves meticulous property inspections, including villas, homestays, and guesthouses, while ensuring alignment with Airbnb listings. Employees utilize Slack communication to seek real-time guidance and ensure that listed amenities match what’s available on-site. Properties are classified into High Risk, Medium Risk, Low Risk, or No Risk categories, leading to a roadmap for improvements based on a comprehensive quality control checklist. Interactions with property managers foster collaboration, and the entire inspection process is documented through videos and photos. Results are transparently shared, contributing to exceptional guest experiences and the enhancement of property quality.

Tanisma is preparing a villa inspection report.

In this role, I can experience being a guest and put myself in the guest’s shoes to assess property quality. I can also assist property owners in enhancing their property’s quality before receiving complaints from guests. This enables me to have a better understanding of various types of properties and their quality levels.

– Tanisma, Business Development intern

Content: Unleashing Creativity in Marketing

List of content requests to be delegated to the BBW content participants.

The BBW Content segment of the BBW program offers employees an exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in the dynamic world of marketing, with the guiding hand of the seasoned marketing team. This role is a gateway to honing marketing skills, sparking creativity, and contributing to Bukit Vista’s online presence. It’s an avenue where employees become storytellers, brand advocates, and digital strategists, all rolled into one.

All of the work will be reported and supervised

One of the key responsibilities within this role is the Listing Update task. In this capacity, participants work diligently to enhance and maintain the accuracy and appeal of property listings. They understand the importance of these listings as the digital face of each property, ensuring that every detail, from property descriptions to photos, aligns with the high standards set by Bukit Vista.

“BBW has not only broadened my perspective on content creation but has also equipped me with valuable skills that enhance my copywriting prowess.”

– Amanda, Hosting Team Intern

The BBW Content program also opens the door to the world of storytelling through the “Blog – Foundation Story” task. Here, employees are not just encouraged but actively inspired to contribute their experiences, knowledge, and insights to the company blog. They become the voices behind the stories that showcase the vibrancy of the hospitality industry, the company’s vision, and their own unique perspectives. By sharing their journeys and expertise, they enrich the company’s online presence, making it more relatable and engaging for both guests and fellow team members.

The Benefits of the Buddies Balance Work Program


The Buddies Balance Work (BBW) Program is a strategic initiative that offers a multitude of advantages, both to the employees and the organization as a whole. Let’s delve deeper into the compelling benefits of this program:

  • Skill Development and Holistic Growth

One of the standout features of the BBW program is its power to facilitate skill development and holistic growth. As employees transition between various divisions, they embrace a rich learning experience that complements their existing skill set. This diverse exposure allows them to evolve into well-rounded professionals with an expanded knowledge base, contributing significantly to their personal and career development.

  • Cultivating Collaboration and Effective Communication

The BBW program nurtures a culture of collaboration and effective communication that transcends departmental boundaries. By immersing themselves in cross-functional roles, team members gain a profound understanding of the unique challenges and priorities of different divisions. This heightened collaboration not only fosters a sense of unity but also results in more effective teamwork, enhanced problem-solving abilities, and the valuable exchange of best practices across the organization.

  • Elevating Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life, and the BBW program provides just that. It serves as a key driver in maintaining high levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. The opportunity to explore various roles prevents the monotony that can sometimes accompany long-term positions. This fresh perspective revitalizes employees, ensuring they remain motivated and enthusiastic about their work. In turn, employees feel valued and cherished, knowing that their personal growth and well-being are integral to the organization’s success.

  • Nurturing Company Agility

Company agility is a prized asset. The BBW program contributes to this agility by cultivating a workforce that is adaptable and versatile. Employees who have traversed different roles and departments develop a unique capability to handle change and adapt to new situations with grace and competence. This flexibility equips the organization to respond promptly and effectively to shifting market dynamics, keeping it one step ahead of the competition.


Bukit Vista’s Buddies Balance Work program offers a unique opportunity for employees to gain valuable insights into the intricacies of the hospitality industry. Whether you’re diving into the guest operations, ensuring property quality as a BBW GES, or exploring the creative realm of marketing with BBW Content, this program embodies the company’s commitment to holistic employee development. By nurturing a culture of continuous learning and hands-on experience, Bukit Vista empowers its team members to thrive in the ever-evolving world of hospitality.

Are you interested in discovering more about the fascinating experiences, ideas, and stories stemming from our employees’ activities? If so, we encourage you to explore our website.

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