Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Lee

David Lee

Founder, humanNature@Work

David Lee, the founder of HumanNature@Work (www.HumanNatureAtWork.com), helps employers in service industries improve employee engagement, customer service, and morale, though his work as a consultant, trainer, and executive coach. He has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad for over 20 years. An internationally recognized thought leader in the field of employee engagement and performance, Mr. Lee is the author of over 60 articles and book chapters on employer branding, onboarding, and other topics related to employee performance that have been published in trade journals and books in the US, Europe, India, Australia, and China. His articles (downloadable at HumanNatureAtWork.com ) have included: • “How to Recession Proof Your Workforce” • “What Reputation Are Your Employees Creating?” • “What Leaders Can Learn From Sales Superstars” • “Becoming a ‘People Whisperer’: How to Communicate So People Care About—and Act On—What You Say” • “The Movie Scene Every Manager Should See…But Might Be Afraid to Watch” The just published second edition of the business classic, The Talent Management Handbook, features a chapter of his on the topic of new employee orientation and onboarding. In addition to his research and work with both struggling and high performance organizations, Mr. Lee’s work draws from a wide range of scientific disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, anthropology, psychoneuroimmunology, trauma and resilience research, and paleopsychology. Taking this research which typically doesn’t find its way into the business world, Mr. Lee translates these principles of human nature into leadership and managerial practices that optimize employee performance. Using the popular TV show The Dog Whisperer as an analogy for the difference understanding human nature makes, Mr. Lee’s work helps leaders and managers become “Employee Whisperers.” Mr. Lee’s work in the area of optimizing the performance of Gen Y employees draws from industry research as well as his own interviews with top performing managers of Gen Y employees and Gen Y employees themselves. Mr. Lee doesn’t just offer practical advice on how to bring out the best in this more challenging generation of workers. He also offers a unique perspective on how this generation of employees provides employers with a powerful opportunity to upgrade their management practices, and by doing so, thrive in today’s more demanding economy. For more of David Lee’s articles, go to HumanNatureAtWork.com/

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 207-571-9898 or david@humannatureatwork.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.