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Ms. Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke

Wellness Research Director, Diagonal Reports

Jacqueline Clarke specialises in global wellness market intelligence. Her particular focus is the de-medicalisation of healthcare and the medicalisation of beauty and the new market that is taking shape. She tracks market developments and changes in consumer behaviour worldwide to determine demand for solutions (products, devices and services). She finds out what is really happening in the market-place and obtains the latest data by working closely with sector experts - through discussions and interviews in their place-of-work. This valuable intelligence is then analysed and coded in-house by Ms. Clarke and her team. Diagonal Reports tracks wellness and the leading wellness providers worldwide. Experts routinely tapped in research projects include beauty farms, thermal spas, day spas, resort spas along with product formulators, device manufacturers, retailers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, therapists and spa managers. Geographies covered include Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent areas of research for Ms. Clarke include the updating of wellness and "spa" traditions; the scaling of new service concepts in the personal care channel; analysing how technological and product innovations, including apps, shape new personal care regimes — particularly in the key category of skincare, but also in body shaping; the impact of medicalisation on consumers' beauty demands, and buying criteria; the impacts of the ongoing consumer shift towards de-medicalised healthcare and the management of healthcare conditions (such as pain, stress, etc) Ms. Clarke has worked with some of the largest players in these sectors in Europe, US and Japan, and conducts workshops and presentations for clients in US, Asia and Europe. Before joining Diagonal Reports, she taught in universities in Connecticut and Texas (USA). She holds an MA (from UNC-CH., USA), and BA (Hons.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Please visit http://www.diagonalreports.com for more information.

Ms. Clarke can be contacted at +353-4695-49027 or dreditor@eircom.net

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.