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Mr. Atanassov

Emil Atanassov

General Manager, Asia Pacific, Sajan, Inc.

Emil Atanassov serves as General Manager, Asia-Pacific and heads up the Singapore office at Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system technology. Since Sajan's inception in 1997, its teams of localization professionals have been creating custom solutions for a wide variety of companies in several industries, with unique specialization in the travel and hospitality arena. The Sajan Singapore office specializes in time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Mr. Atanassov played an integral role in Sajan's European expansion, helping to establish Sajan's European headquarters in Ireland. He then led the charge in establishing Sajan's Asia-Pacific headquarters, which opened its doors in 2011. Among Mr. Atanassov's specializations is leading localization and globalization initiatives for the world's largest travel companies, including the largest airline alliance. He also specializes in assisting clients with quantifying and measuring return on investment for localization. He and his team's accomplishments encompass a wide variety of revenue-boosting initiatives, including ongoing efforts in optimizing and rewriting hotel descriptive content to produce long-standing benefits such as increased content optimization, greater user experience and higher cost savings. Mr. Atanassov obtained his degree at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the Midwestern United States and is pursuing additional education at Singapore Management University. He continues to lend his topical expertise and insights to publications that focus on global content and localization.

Mr. Atanassov can be contacted at 659-017-4280 or eatanassov@sajan.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.