The annual employee turnover rate in the U.S. hospitality industry is 70 percent.
When compared with 10 to 25 percent at other industries, the rate at which people leave hospitality jobs is at a “disastrous level,” said one of the experts we interviewed about recruiting and retaining employees.
In this episode of Lodging Leaders, we report exclusive data on retention and turnover rates.
Guests also offer practical solutions to the problem, including better managing labor costs to be able to give employees a pay raise.
Overall, the experts agree that creating awareness about the opportunities to build a meaningful career should be the central strategy to recruiting and retaining employees.
We feature Ron Mitchell CEO of Virgil Holdings, which owns Hcareers, a recruitment website; Del Ross, chief revenue officer at Hotel Effectiveness, which helps hotels manage labor costs; Davonne Reaves, CEO of The Vonne Group, a hospitality consulting firm; and Sarah Smart, vice president of global recruitment at Hilton Worldwide.
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Bijal Patel, 31, is CEO of Coast Redwood Hospitality and the youngest chair of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. He’s made even more history at CHLA by agreeing to serve an unprecedented second term as the lodging industry emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Patel is a third-generation hotelier. Being so steeped in hospitality at such a young age is not new for members of the Indian American hotelier community, but Patel fears the pandemic has drained the industry of emerging talent. Lodging Leaders spotlights Patel, who represents a leadership demographic that is fighting for the life of the hospitality industry as they watch their peers veer toward other career paths.
Many hotels these days have made room for guests with disabilities. Hotel managers and staff should also know what the Americans with Disabilities Act says about accommodating guests with pets. During the pandemic lockdowns, a lot of people added a pet to their household and now they’re bringing Fido along on vacation. Hotel employees need to know how to cater to both consumers who are pet owners as well as guests who travel with a trained service animal. Episode 329 of Lodging Leaders podcast reports on how the ADA defines a service animal and how a hotel is legally obligated to serve a guest who comes with a dog or any other animal.