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Dr. Warech

Michael Warech

Program Chair, HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

Dr. Michael Warech serves as the Program Chair for the HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo. He has over 30 years of experience designing, developing, and implementing data-driven human capital solutions that demonstrably impact an organization’s bottom line. Over his career he has led numerous projects for a variety of Fortune 1000 organizations.

Dr. Warech has worked with companies to identify and articulate their talent management, learning, and leadership development strategies and has deep and direct experience designing leadership development solutions, as well as more broad and robust learning and development programming.

Prior to joining Harvard Business Publishing’s Corporate Learning group in 2013, Dr. Warech founded his own consulting firm, focusing on integrated talent management strategies and development program design. Before that, he served, for eight years, as Towers Watson’s North American, Organization Effectiveness Practice Leader.

In addition to his Practice responsibilities, he designed and managed the organization’s groundbreaking Human Capital Index® (HCI) research that resulted in the 2002 book entitled The Human Capital Edge.

Prior to Towers Watson, Dr. Warech served as a senior consultant for a number of boutique human capital firms located in the New York metropolitan area. He has published book chapters and papers in leading peer review journals and has presented his work in the areas of talent management, leadership development, HR transformation, metrics and analytics, and organizational measurement at global and national conferences including the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, the Organizational Development Network, the International Quality and Productivity Center, the National Foreign Trade Council, and the HR Forum.

Dr. Warech is sought out for his expert opinions on issues in the workplace and has been quoted in newspapers, magazines, and websites including the Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore-Sun Times, USA Today, Crain’s, Workforce Management magazine, HR Executive Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and CBS Marketwatch.

Dr. Warech completed his undergraduate work at Emory University and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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

Dr. Warech can be contacted at 973-998-0885 or michaelwarech@yahoo.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.