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Dr. Singh

Sheetal Singh

Partner, Organizational Development , HVS Executive Search

An award-winning researcher, corporate trainer, and coach, Dr. Singh is a Professor of Leadership and Change Management for the OMBA program at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, where she received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Strategy.

Dr. Singh runs her own consulting practice, OTI Advisors LLC, providing leadership development Services to hospitality firms and is a partner with HVS Executive Search, heading its Organizational Development practice.

With a strong background in organizational development and executive training, Dr. Singh specializes in Leadership Development, Change Management, Executive Coaching, Executive Onboarding, Succession Planning, and Employee Wellness, as well as Retention Strategy.

Dr. Singh has spent the last decade studying entrepreneurs, leadership, and emotional labor in hospitality firms and start-ups. Her research and organizational development work was motivated by her dedication to support individual & organizational performance and wellbeing.

She completed her undergraduate work in Commerce at Delhi University and in Hotel Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, India.

She also earned a post-graduate diploma in Hotel Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi, India. Prior to her doctoral endeavors, Dr. Singh spent over a decade in the hotel industry working with The Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts and the Carlson Group in various positions ranging from rooms department to food & beverage before transitioning into training & development.

Dr. Singh has appeared as a featured speaker at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and continues to serve as a coach for its Leadership Development Program.

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

Dr. Singh can be contacted at +1 202-330-7069 or ssingh@hvs.com

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.