Hotel Effectiveness Blog

The 10 most common names of hotel employees

hotels

For a little fun activity, we had a contest to see who could guess the most common first names of hotel employees.

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How Much are Hotels Increasing Wage Rates this Year?

Benchmarking

WageWatch has surveyed companies with a total of 5,200 hotels in the U.S. about their planned pay rate increases for their employees this year.

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How Does My Amount of Overtime Compare to Other Hotels?

Time & Attendance

Most hotels use overtime at some point to manage periods when they are exceptionally busy, short-staffed, or working on special projects.  One frequent question that comes up is how much overtime a typical hotel uses.

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An Easy Change that Reduced Housekeeping Costs by 7.4%

Housekeeping

 

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How Would President Obama's Proposed Change in Overtime Rules Impact Hotels?

Labor Costs

On March 13th, President Obama directed the Department of Labor to use its rule-making authority to update overtime rules.  As he said:

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How 3% over-spending on labor led to a $100,000 default

Labor Costs

We recently did some analysis for a large select service hotel that had a ‘little labor problem’ that turned into a nightmare for the owner.  Here’s the story:

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Entrepreneurs Take on the Tax Man

Uncategorized

A good article in the WSJ (Entrepreneurs Take On Tax Man) about how aggressive many small business owners are being about disputing their property tax assessments.  I firmly believe that everyone should pay their proper taxes, but I also recognize...

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What Hotels Might Get Sick From Health Care Reform

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Our COO Taylor Beauchamp has co-authored an article in this month's issues of Lodging Magazine on the impact of health care reform on the hotel industry.    Check it out at http://tiny.cc/FjtOG

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Hotels, Don't Outsource Your Strategic Thinking

Hotel Strategy

I heard recently about a group of 30 hotels in a particular geography that had RevPAR performance from negative 7% to negative 45% this January vs. last January.  Even in the best of times there is always a big variation in performance between...

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How to Take the Shine off of Your Brand - On Purpose

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One of the things that makes business cycles fascinating is the changes to the status quo that come from big economic changes.  Since this is the biggest change of our lifetimes, we will see all kind of ideas turned on top of their heads during this...

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