The hotel industry has always tried to embrace change, whether it be technological, environmental or operational. However, the implementation of a new property management system or any new product into a hotel's operational ecosystem can be an incredibly painful experience. It can be time-consuming, distracting and hotels can lose employees during the switch from one system to another as the processes may change because many people tend to dislike change.
Now enter the hotel industry. Yes, hotel specific systems are much more complex than Instagram or Facebook, and yet they manage and influence your entire business. They have multiple integration points with other primary systems on property that all need to work in harmony with each other. However, there is a much greater need to be trained on these systems in order to ensure that your hotel operations run smoothly and that your guests are happy.
Introducing a hotel system that has a self-educating component embedded within it should be top of mind when looking at something new that will have an impact on your hotel operations. Self-educating solutions should be equipped with multiple ways of self-learning. Video based training videos should be part of the working solution. User Interface (UX) design should be in such a way that users can learn on the job. It's all about selecting a product that anyone can learn with little or no effort, Some important considerations to look for include:
To optimize your technology implementation, comprehensive training programs should be designed to both engage and entice your hotel staff to learn more than the basics. These programs need to be modular to assist with cross-training, and most importantly, they need to have an online certification component. Through the delivery of standardized processes, hoteliers can be confident that staff education will be simplified, efficient and on target to maximize their investment. They can also rest assured that through a certification process, both current employees and future new hires will have the most effective training. If everyone is well versed in how to use the technology there will likely be less push back against the implementation and actively engaged employees are happier and help your hotel produce better results.
The bottom line is that good technology should benefit everyone who has to interact with it and the right training is as essential to success as the right technology. Creating an environment that focuses on how hotel systems not only impact operations, but also influence the guest experience is the best type of education that front-line employees and management can receive in this ever-evolving hotel landscape.
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Binu is a seasoned professional with more than two decades of unequaled proficiency in varied industries including manufacturing, hospitality and information technology. As the CEO, Binu aims to drive IDS Next towards achieving the ultimate goal – to become the global leader and most preferred hospitality technology vendor globally. His personal goal is to be a change agent for organizations that are ready for the next level of growth. Binu firmly believes in the power of collective effort and collaborative leadership. He always empowers his team and prompts his colleagues to bring in new ideas to the workplace. His forte has been with startups and turnarounds in technology companies in the emerging markets. He has also played leadership roles in managing operations in the Middle East and parts of Asia Pacific for one of the world’s largest hospitality technology companies for several years.