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Dr. Tracey

Bruce Tracey

Professor of Management, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration

Dr. Bruce Tracey is a Professor of Management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Since joining the faculty in 1992, he has taught courses in strategic and human resources management and leadership for undergraduate, graduate, executive, and online audiences throughout the world.

Dr. Tracey's research examines a wide range of topics, including factors that influence the effectiveness of training and development initiatives, the nature and roles of flexible HR systems, causes and costs of employee turnover, scale and measurement development, and HR implications for legal compliance.

Dr. Tracey has presented his work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his research has been published in diverse outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

Dr. Tracey's sponsors for research, consulting, and executive training include the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, the Kessler Collection, Blue Hill Farm, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Uno Chicago Grill, among other companies, and he has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Fast Company, Powder Magazine, Times-Picayune/nola.com, Orlando Sentinel, wgbh.org, ehotelier.com, and other popular press and online outlets.

Dr. Tracey is also serving as a second-term Editor of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and is the Vice President for the International Network of Business and Management Journals, which promotes professional development for emerging scholars.

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Tracey can be contacted at +1 607-255-8555 or jbt6@cornell.edu

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.