The next-gen GM hotels need right now
Typically, a GM will oversee every aspect of a hotel’s operations, including HR, finance, food and beverage, events, front office, housekeeping, security, maintenance and refurbs and, of course, guest relations. Throw in sales and marketing, and a GM is required to wear many hats.
But if you thought a GM’s role was complex before the pandemic, consider how much more challenging – and nuanced it is now.
Living and working in the shadow of Covid has taken its toll. Tourism establishments are still dealing with the economic impact of the pandemic; staff across the industry have experienced untold stress and uncertainty; guests are returning, but with their own fears and concerns around Covid protocols; and management are grappling with issues they’ve never had to face before, as well as severely strained cash flows.
It’s one thing that guests are starting to return, but it’s another challenge entirely for hotels doing their best to recoup their massive financial losses of the last 28 months by reducing expenditure and raising work outputs – all in all taking a very conservative approach to re-staffing hotels to pre-pandemic levels.
Running a busy hotel on less than optimal staffing levels is seriously tough.
The world is also a different place. And as we get back to ‘normal’ certain trends are beginning to emerge in the hospitality industry, including touchless tech and digitalisation; multi-functional staff; fewer staff; highly-personalised guest experiences; bleisure travellers and workcations; health and wellness; and sustainability.
Despite the challenges, it’s an incredibly exciting time – but in times like these, it needs a special GM at the helm. After all, your GM is going to re-energise your team, shape the working environment, set new goals (and motivate people to achieve them), focus on your vision – and deliver an excellent guest experience.
So what does today’s GM look like, or more to the point, what skills should you be looking for?
In many ways, a next-gen GM also has the attributes of an old-school hotelier: happy to be deep in the trenches with their team; comfortable mixing with guests; visible on the hotel floor, especially during peak times like breakfast, check out, check in and dinner; and 100% service focused.
In addition, they need to be in tune with the latest industry trends, norms and standards; up to speed in terms of their competition, market, region and audience; and confident to explore the latest tech.
Courtesy of Bizcommunity – read full article here.