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Dr. Harrison

Ronald Harrison

Director of Technical Services, Orkin Commercial LLC

Ron Harrison, Entomologist, Ph.D., is Director of Technical Services for Orkin. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Dr. Harrison serves as Orkinís Technical Director, overseeing the research, development and implementation of Orkinís residential and commercial services and providing technical expertise to its training programs. Dr. Harrison also assists all Orkin departments with any product or pest-related technical issues. From 1998-2008 Harrison served as Orkinís Director of Training, where he forged alliances with universities, junior colleges and technical schools in developing IPM training programs and was responsible for the direction and facilitation of Orkinís numerous classroom and satellite pest management training sessions. Prior to joining Orkin, Dr. Harrison was an associate professor of science for Mercer University in Macon and Atlanta. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for Mercerís graduate level environmental science courses. Please visit orkincommercial.com for more information.

Dr. Harrison can be contacted at rharriso@orkin.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.