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Ms. Bair

Amy Bair

Career Services Analyst, Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Amy Bair is a Career Services Analyst at Florida international Universityís Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In this newly created role, Ms. Bair tracks and measures the impact, progress and effectiveness of the Career Development Office (CDO). Additionally, she measures graduate and alumni salaries, job positions, employment status, etc. These multiple indicators are then studied to determine how the Career Development Office and college can best benefit the students. Ms. Bair began the journey of obtaining a second Bachelorís degree in Hospitality Management where she was fortunate enough to take Professor Greg Bohanís Revenue Management course. Amy also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University. Ms. Bair can be reached at abair@fiu.edu. Please visit www.fiu.edu for more information.

Ms. Bair can be contacted at 305-919-4534 or amymdit@gmail.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.