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Ms. Mitchell

Hayley Mitchell

Social Media & Community Manager, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

As Social Media and Community Manager for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Hayley Mitchell is responsible for the day to day management of online reputation on social networks including online review sites, Facebook, Twitter, Location-based marketing and Fairmontís own community website, Everyonesanoriginal.com. Beyond monitoring, engaging and reporting, she is tasked with the long term social strategy for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands, which includes social campaign management, understanding social media in new markets and determining where and when these brands should be involved. Before returning to her hometown of Toronto to join FRHI in 2010, Ms. Mitchell worked in Arizona in the travel and luxury publishing industry for 7 years. As Director of Custom Publishing for a boutique magazine firm, Ms. Mitchell was charged with contracting, concepting and creating luxury in-room magazines for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Waldorf-Astoria, KLS Resorts, Sheraton and Hilton. Her skills in content creation, engagement, and communication, paired with her knowledge of luxury and travel transferred nicely from print to web, and from working with hotels to working for them. Ms. Mitchell holds an honors BA in both English Literature and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at 416-874-2457 or hayley.mitchell@fairmont.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.