Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Buxman

Karyn Buxman

Principal, Karyn Buxman

Karyn Buxman is a research-based expert on applied humor, whose latest undertakings are her TEDx talk—“How Humor Saved the World”—and her upcoming Forbes book, Funny Means Money: Strategic Humor for Influence. As a neurohumorist, Ms. Buxman’s career resides at the intersection of humor and the brain. She is masterfully funny, but her passion and calling is sharing the practical benefits of humor. Ms. Buxman helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.

She has spoken to more than 500 organizations including NASA, the Mayo Clinic, the US Air Force and the Million Dollar Roundtable. Wowing audiences with her high content and high energy—Ms. Buxman is serious about humor.

Ms. Buxman is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and is one of 194 professionals (and one of only 43 women) to be inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. She is also a member of American Nurses Association (ANA), Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor (AATH), the International Society of Humor Studies, the National Speakers Association (NSA), Advisory Board Invisible Disabilities, and the Advisory Board and diplomat for American Institute of Stress.

Ms. Buxman is the author of Lead with Levity: Strategic Humor for Leaders, Amazed and Amused: How to Survive and Thrive as A Healthcare Professional, This Won't Hurt A Bit! And Other Fractured Truths in Healthcare, What's So Funny About... OR Nursing? She is also the co-author of Top Secret Tips for Successful Humor in the Workplace and What's So Funny About Stress: How to Use Healthy Humor to Build Radical Resilience.

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

Ms. Buxman can be contacted at 858-603-3133 or karyn@karynbuxman.com

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.