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Dr. Hawkins

Rebecca Hawkins

Managing Director, Responsible Hospitality Partnership

Rebecca Hawkins is the Managing Director of RHP Ltd, a Research Fellow of Oxford Brookes University and Visiting Professor to the International Centre for Responsible Tourism at Leeds Metropolitan University. A resource management specialist, with training in ISO 14001 implementation, Dr. Hawkins has managed a number of projects that combine the need to deliver sustainability initiatives alongside cost savings. Dr. Hawkins regularly provides training within hotel businesses and offers strategic consultancy to help senior executives in the sector design effective responsible business programs. Through RHP, she provides consulting services to a wide range of clients from across the hospitality and food service sectors. Her experience in the sector means that she has been asked to write or contribute to much of the guidance that is available to the sector on resource efficiency. She also regularly writes for the trade press. She has recently made input into UK energy and waste initiatives and has played a role in a major waste prevention initiative for the sector. She also works with many of the NGOs in the sector, for example, delivering some of the initial research about the credibility of different sustainable tourism certification initiatives and leading research into customer expectations of responsible business programs. Dr, Hawkins has recently published two books on responsible hospitality. One of these is recognized as “the complete handbook for corporate responsibility in the hospitality industry” and the other includes letters from 46 industry leaders about the importance of Green Growth.

Dr. Hawkins can be contacted at 44-1993-868392 or rebecca@rhpltd.net

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.