Turnover is the bane of hospitality organizations. Countless millions are spent every year to train, mentor, and educate staff. A huge number of man hours are expended for every on-boarded employee. We teach them our rules, regulations, expectations, culture, and best practices. Once we’ve taught them we give them something much more valuable… our trust.
They start their role with ambition and passion. They work at perfecting their duties and manifesting a welcoming environment for guests.
Then without warning they give their notice. All the time and money invested in this person, just to watch them walk away. The most eye opening part of this scenario is that it was expected. All this time and effort were put into developing someone that we didn’t expect to keep around! Is this just the cost of doing business in the hospitality industry?
Not only is this disloyal behavior widely accepted in the industry, it has come to be expected. Most organizations PLAN for a +38% turnover in their staff each year. EVERY year! There is no other professional industry in the world with such abysmal numbers. When will we begin to hold these potential staff members accountable?
This ‘cost of doing business’ is much too high. What could be implemented to encourage longer tenures? Does the burden sit with the hiring managers? or maybe the interview process? The taxing environment of customer facing roles? Maybe the problem is the training/lack of training? Or could it be that no one values loyalty anymore?
The best argument available is that turnover has become so acceptable and prevalent in hospitality that we are perpetuating it’s existence. Change is needed. What could we do from an administrative point of view to fundamentally change this? It will need to happen across the board. Rome was not built in a day, but the faster you act to implement new strategies into your organization, the sooner you can make your establishment the exception to the normalcy of high turn-over.
If you want to have a normal hospitality business, adhere to your archaic philosophies and SOPs.
If you want an extraordinary organization you should constantly look for ways to change and adapt. In today’s world of instant feedback and digital reviews we must work towards changing the fundamental principles of the hospitality industry. No longer accept the age old, tried and true methods. If you want to stand out, if you want to be truly peerless you need to take chances and build something unique. Strive to be phenomenal!
Get excited, stay passionate, and nourish your Enthusiasm!