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Ms. Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke

Wellness Research Director, Diagonal Reports

Jacqueline Clarke specialises in global wellness market intelligence. Her particular focus is the de-medicalisation of healthcare and the medicalisation of beauty and the new market that is taking shape. She tracks market developments and changes in consumer behaviour worldwide to determine demand for solutions (products, devices and services). She finds out what is really happening in the market-place and obtains the latest data by working closely with sector experts - through discussions and interviews in their place-of-work. This valuable intelligence is then analysed and coded in-house by Ms. Clarke and her team. Diagonal Reports tracks wellness and the leading wellness providers worldwide. Experts routinely tapped in research projects include beauty farms, thermal spas, day spas, resort spas along with product formulators, device manufacturers, retailers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, therapists and spa managers. Geographies covered include Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent areas of research for Ms. Clarke include the updating of wellness and "spa" traditions; the scaling of new service concepts in the personal care channel; analysing how technological and product innovations, including apps, shape new personal care regimes — particularly in the key category of skincare, but also in body shaping; the impact of medicalisation on consumers' beauty demands, and buying criteria; the impacts of the ongoing consumer shift towards de-medicalised healthcare and the management of healthcare conditions (such as pain, stress, etc) Ms. Clarke has worked with some of the largest players in these sectors in Europe, US and Japan, and conducts workshops and presentations for clients in US, Asia and Europe. Before joining Diagonal Reports, she taught in universities in Connecticut and Texas (USA). She holds an MA (from UNC-CH., USA), and BA (Hons.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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

Ms. Clarke can be contacted at 353469549027 or dreditor@eircom.net

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.