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Ms. Schelske

Beth Schelske

Divisional Vice President - Client Services, Maritz Motivation Solutions

Beth Schelske is Divisional Vice President - Client Services for Maritz Motivation Solutions working with hospitality clients, including major international hotel chains, airlines and casinos. For over 25 years, Ms. Schelske has been working with Fortune 500 clients developing reward and recognition programs, sales incentives, and consumer loyalty solutions. Most recently she helped launch an international consumer rewards program for US based hospitality client with over 3,700,000 active members in more than 50 countries. Prior to joining Maritz, Ms. Schelske was Vice President of Performance Solutions for ITAGroup. In this role, she helped design and manage employee recognition programs for clients in the telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. She was a contributing inventor to the 2012 patent “System and Process for Integration of Incentive Award Programs with Existing Management Systems.” She is past president of the Forum for People Performance Management and former board member of the Incentive Marketing Association. She currently serves on the conference planning board for Recognition Professionals, International. She is a graduate of Grinnell College. Maritz Motivation Solutions is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and helps companies bring strategies to life by delivering tangible results, reducing costs, increasing productivity and driving growth. Maritz Motivation Solutions also works in collaboration with The Maritz Institute which is an independent network of thought leaders working to create next generation business practices based on human science research.

Ms. Schelske can be contacted at beth.schelske@maritz.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.