The hotel industry is going to come back online. We know this for sure. It’s really just a question of when and, more importantly, how. HSS is already working with major hotel brands across the country to get properties back up and running and we’ve have seen some trends emerge. These include meeting a new expectation for cleaning, consolidating vendors to maximize efficiency, and communicating clean processes and materials. Here’s a quick presentation outlining 5 of the most important trends hotel operators need to know about cleaning as we emerge from this crisis.
Every year, HSS participates in a survey of our customers so that we can improve on our service. While we primarily do these surveys to see where we can improve, a side result is seeing customer testimonials come in
We’re happy to say that Hospitality Staffing Solutions has a 4.5 star rating from its clients displayed live on its profile page for clearlyrated.com
We’re looking to building on this in the future. Staffing can be challenging today, but we’ve never let that stand in the way of putting our clients’ needs first and being a partner in their success!
2019 Pay rate Guide: HSS Western Region
Finding competitive pay rates is one of the most challenging aspects of maintaining an effective workforce. HSS is here to help with a guide that helps determine payrates in your state, region, and city.
How do we determine pay rates?
HSS consults with different sources and also relies on its field organization to determine competitive pay rates. Looking at sources such as Payscale and CareerBuilder, we combine research with actual pay in our markets. With more that 80 locations nationwide HSS has a live database to enhance existing data and determine what will be effective in the markets we serve. In addition, we have a dedicated corporate team tasked with investigating federal, state, and local laws and provide information on minimum wage increases.
Factors for Effective Calculations
There are many factors that impact pay rates and many factors particular to the hospitality industry. A few of these factors include:
- Service Offering of Hotels
- Turnover Rate
- Available Transportation
Many of these factors are particularly meaningful in California where regulations can often change the landscape of pay dramatically between local municipalities.
Big Players, Big Changes
When a large scale employers increases pay, this can have a dramatic impact on prevailing wages. For example, when Amazon increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide, the impact on many markets large and small was significant.
The Cost of Poor Wage Calculations
While increased wages can seem like a challenge to keep up with, there is a silver lining. Information can help determine an effective wage, reduce turnover and increase productivity. Many of these factors are more costly to solve in turnover, loss of efficiency and low quality scores. HSS recognizes the need for accurate pay rates in markets and uses this information to work with clients to supply the right level of staff at the right experience levels.
When it comes to media marketing, it’s often hard to keep abreast of all the constant new developments. Being able to direct the travel intent of potential customers is a goal that’s been on the agenda for many years, but some of the newer programs aren’t as easy to understand. This article discusses several different tools for guiding travel intent, which ones that are the best to utilize and each of their strengths and weaknesses.
Here is an excerpt:
Travel Intent Targeting is essentially the ability to find users who have decided on a destination but have not yet chosen a specific hotel in that destination. Targeting travelers who aren’t necessarily familiar with your property but are headed to your city is the next logical step up the booking funnel, opening up an entire ecosystem of potential guests.
Travel Intent is nothing new. But some of the tools are.
The concept of travel intent marketing has been around for years, but new tools and platforms boasting intent-based targeting have hoteliers more than a little overwhelmed, unsure which tools to pay attention to and which tools to ignore.
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Successful hotel managers are often on the lookout for little ways that can improve their service every day. While some tasks take longer to complete than others, there are plenty of savings you can put into practice that profit you in the short term. Here are four ways that you can increase the short term savings of your hotel:
Low bill rates can lead to high turnover in staff because of payrates that simply do not reflect the market reality. While there may be workers willing to accept low rates in the short term, they are far more likely to find work elsewhere. Low pay rates also often mean lower quality; less experienced workers. Your staffing partner should work with you to determine payrates that meet your overall goals – not a low number to grab short term business.
Proper background checks and skills screening are an essential part of professional staffing. But agencies that pitch rock-bottom bill rates may have lower standards for hiring. With a shrinking pool of talent and rising pay rates, some agencies lower their standards to find workers. HSS follows a stringent set of rules throughout its organization for experience and background. These policies protect our company and the interests of the properties we serve.
HSS workers are all W2 employees of HSS. This ensures that taxes are properly reported and withheld. In order to achieve low bill rates, many staffing companies issue 1099s to employees, classifying them as contract labor. Short term, this seems like good news to employees who don’t have taxes withheld. Many are then willing to work for a lower rate. But employees do eventually have to pay taxes and may have been misled about this responsibility. This can result in a financial burden on employees could also lead to an investigation into misclassification of labor. Staffing agencies often hastily shut their doors leaving serious repercussions for the hotel and its brand.
Staffing companies are required to follow state and federal OSHA regulations. Clients of staffing companies are also required to ensure that these safety trainings are occurring. This can be a significant investment on the part of a staffing company. For example, HSS has a national team of safety experts that regularly train workers and ensure compliance. A low bill rate may mean that safety training either isn’t happening or not in a way that is compliant.
In the end, every GM needs to look at what is best for their property. However, a low bill rate may indicate that some essentials in staffing are simply not present. This can cause serious financial, branding, and legal issues for a hotel. Many times safety issues not addressed by a staffing company can impact a hotel’s standing with state and federal agencies. A misclassification of workers can invite the scrutiny of the IRS. And a less-than-robust screening process can lead to higher turnover, compromised guest safety and lower guest satisfaction scores.
A Q&A with WorkRecords On Helping Hotels Reach the Next Level of Productivity
WorkRecords is out to change the way we look at work. The networked software company helps organizations, including hotels, track every aspect of its workforce and use that data to improve operations. The company has worked with large hotel management companies as well as individual properties across the U.S. to help revolutionize how hotel look at workforce data. But far from being an abstract productivity tool, the leadership team at the company is focused on offering benefits to everyone involved in the employment cycle, including both employers and employees.
Bill Dougherty, Client Service Executive for Hospitality
Bob Stegall, President
HSS is a certified WorkRecords vendor and helps hotels integrate WR and utilize it on an ongoing basis to trace worker activity at individual properties and also more widely across multiple properties. HSS sat down with Bob Stegall, President of WorkRecords as well as Bill Dougherty, the company’s Client Service Executive for Hospitality to talk about how they are working with hotels today and what trends they see in the future for staffing within the hotel industry.
What are some trends in hospitality that are driving the use of your software?
You see the same trend in hospitality as you saw in manufacturing a few years back which is where we got started. And that’s toward efficiency and the data
required to manage a multiple employer workforce. Quality is, more or less, a given in everything from cars to appliances to hotels. We expect quality from standard hotels up to luxury brands. Labor cost has always been the largest share of a hotels expenses. With increasing labor costs chipping away at profits, efficiency becomes the next big driver. Hotels are looking for any edge they can find to help run their property more efficiently. Increasingly, their finding the answers they need in data.
Bill Dougherty: We see this thirst for information from hotels because they are driving toward greater efficiency. They want to see an accurate picture of their labor costs on a daily basis and sometimes even an hourly basis. And so we see hotels either struggling to provide that information through very cumbersome, time consuming processes or just giving up and lumping everything into one monthly line item that really doesn’t tell them much.
Is this thirst for data coinciding with other trends in hospitality?
Bill Dougherty: Hotels operations are becoming more complex. More properties are offering spas, restaurants, golf, and other amenities that were once concentrated in only very upscale properties. Being able to track employees across all venues can be incredibly helpful to everything from tracing pay, limiting overtime, and better deploying a workforce. In addition, we’re seeing the increased use of contract staffing throughout hospitality. Our software not only helps document contract labor, we actually help hotels and staffing companies work together to better utilize hotel staff. So it’s not just about tracking hours; it’s about creating a more effective workforce.
What is the relationship between you and Staffing companies?
Bill Dougherty: We began a certification program with staffing firms because the relationship is so important. For example, HSS was certified last year and
has been a great partner in working with many hotels and management companies to implement the software. Hotels often
don’t know it, but staffing firms like HSS are very interested in utilizing workers in the most efficient way possible as well. In the past, a hotel might call a staffing
company around the corner when they were in a pinch. Today, contract labor can be a partnership that can help increase quality and help better allocate budget. A staffing firm that’s proficient in leveraging
data can be a great asset for a hotel or management company.
How is WorkRecords typically implemented at a hotel?
We knew early on that, to be successful, we had to offer benefits to everyone in the employment cycle. So there couldn’t be winners and loser anywhere in the cycle of employer ,employee, staffing company, corporate – they all had to realize some benefit of using our software.
What are some of those benefits in the hotel industry?
Bill Dougherty: For employees, the use of our tool can mean a faster paycheck. We’ve seen the pay cycle in hotels reduce dramatically from biweekly to weekly – we’ve been working with some partners to get to a daily cycle. We can help the individual hotel property save time in accounting and HR by producing reports that used to take hours down to a matter of minutes. It can also mean a smarter workday by reducing the number of trips between buildings or hotel floors. These are small examples but can have a big impact on someone’s day to day work.
It’s important to point out that, in today’s tight labor market, any
advantage you can offer employees is key.
Streamlining hourly tracking and accurate, timely pay is vitally
important to workers and can help with employee retention.
Bill Dougherty: That’s a great point. I think that another benefit gets back to the
relationship between hotels and staffing companies. We hear all the time from
hotels that work with HSS that the data going into the system is clean. It reminds me of seeing a smoothly operating
back of house. When you have well-lit
hallways, organized linens, and everyone working systematically, great quality
follows. Hotels are finding that
partnership with staffing firms like HSS just as important on the data
side. When the numbers are clear and the
data is clean, you’re not putting out fires but able to fine tune an operation
and concentrate on the core value your customers demand.
What are some other trends that you see
looking ahead in 2019?
We’ve heard more and more about the adoption of network platforms that span many areas of our lives. Operation on the cloud, platforms like WorkRecords, take on the role of many disparate systems and link hotels to all their worker sources. So instead of having a lot of non-networked systems, you have one networked solution for everyone that addresses many different needs of the workplace.. This fits into where we are headed with our customers. We’re offering a way to connect all of the processes that they currently do with regard to tracking work in their operation and all the tools they need to analyze that data.
Bill Dougherty: For hotels, the need to bring together information from operation is vital. For example, a hotel with multiple-properties might have the same HR director overseeing two hotels, a golf course, multiple restaurants, spas and other
recreation facilities. You might have cleaning staff that crosses between departments. Using a networked platform is vital to see
that run smoothly. Even in smaller properties, networking employment data can help improve efficiency. Everything from the time it takes to turn over
a room to the time it takes to process payroll. These are very real factors in improving a property’s overall performance.. That’s why labor suppliers
like HSS play an important role in the process. They help ensure a smooth implementation of us into their process have the team to help properties correctly input information so that it can be tracked and used with confidence.
Hospitality Staffing Solutions is a WorkRecords Certified
Supplier. To achieve this, HSS personnel passed a rigorous training and exam
process on WR core product and can offer clients a full working
knowledge of the platform by leveraging its powerful capabilities. As a
WR Certified supplier, HSS can help its clients more efficiently reach
their objectives of security and financial control through more in depth
knowledge of the software platform’s full features. WR is a widely
used tool for data collection and reporting used to connect workplaces,
suppliers, workers, and employers. Learn
more about HSS and WR visit: www.hssstaffing.com/work-records
is the President of WorkRecords – a multi-sided labor platform company
connecting workplaces, suppliers, employers and workers. Stegall joined
the company after successfully serving as President/COO of Pro Staff a 300+
million-dollar staffing firm with hundreds of branches, focused primarily on
large, multinational corporations using contract labor. His work experience includes
enterprise hardware and software sales for IBM and managing a large Multiple
Employee Workforce for a division of LSI Industries. He has an extensive
background in sales, strategy, marketing, and operations with deep domain
experience around labor + technology. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist
Dougherty is WorkRecords Client Services Executive for Hospitality responsible
for opening new geographic markets and gaining the adoption of WorkRecords’ rapidly growing
network of labor-buyers and staffing suppliers, educating clients on labor
trends, smart staffing strategies and the full use of the robust data available
from the company. Dougherty’s extensive hospitality background includes hotel management, asset management and development
of new hotel properties. He holds degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Florida State University.