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Ms. Yang

Caroline Yang

Partner & Human Resources Consultant, MultiCultural Business Solutions

Caroline Yang, CHRP, CCP has fifteen years of human resources experience working with Nortel and Compaq in China and ATI (now AMD), TD Bank and Manulife in Canada. In her role as a human resources business partner, Ms. Yang has worked with a diverse workforce and supported multicultural teams of highly skilled technical professionals. Since working with MultiCultural Business Solutions, Ms. Yang has provided services to a broad range of public and private sector organizations, including Scotiabank, Total E&P Canada, GE Canada, City of Kitchener, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Revenue Agency, University of Ottawa and Ontario Regulator for Access Consortium. Ms. Yang was interviewed by Radio Canada International to share her experience of integrating skilled immigrants into the Canadian workplace. She has multiple publications on leadership, teamwork, global HR policies and total rewards by HRPA, WorldatWork and CERC. She will present at HRPA’s 2013 Annual Conference. Ms. Yang graduated from City University of Hong Kong with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a Canadian International Development Agency training program at Simon Fraser University.

Ms. Yang can be contacted at 905-554-1597 or caroline@mcbsol.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.