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Mr. Johnson

Mark Johnson

President, Loyalty 360 - The Loyalty Marketer's Association

Mark Johnson is President and CEO of Loyalty 360 - The Loyalty Marketer's Association (www.loyalty360.org). Loyalty 360 is the only organization that addresses the full spectrum of both customer and employee loyalty issues. An unbiased, market driven clearinghouse and think-tank for loyalty and engagement opportunities, insights, and responses, Loyalty 360 is the source business leaders trust for industry metrics, market driven research, actionable case studies, and networking opportunities. Prior to founding Loyalty 360, Mr. Johnson designed and administered loyalty, CRM and data-driven marketing communications for industry leaders such as Fifth Third Bank, Stored Value Systems and Size Technologies. A sought-after speaker and writer, Mr. Johnson is frequently called upon by media worldwide to share his expert insights into customer and employee loyalty issues. Mr. Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in from Miami University, an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and is currently pursuing a second M.B.A. in statistics from Xavier University.

Mr. Johnson can be contacted at 513-290-5147 or markjohnson@loyalty360.org

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.