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Ms. Voss

Megan Voss

Vice President Human Resources & Associate Development, Aparium Hotel Group

As a believer in the philosophy that the true drivers behind a hotel's success are its associates, Megan Voss focuses on developing and cultivating teams that genuinely believe in the brand's vision and enhance the inspiring company culture that currently exists inside the walls of all Aparium Hotel Group properties. With like-minded associates who can provide genuine, intuitive service, Ms. Voss believes Aparium is poised to provide its guests unique, memorable experiences that keep them coming back. Since joining the company in spring 2014, Ms. Voss has led the charge in spearheading the promotion and implementation of Aparium's values among all employees, as well as enacting learning and development strategies to ensure sustainable employee success. A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Ms. Voss brings with her nearly two decades of experience in hospitality and retail, including heading up the global learning and development at renowned W Hotel properties and its Starwood brand. Going the distance is a literal expression for Ms. Voss, who is an avid runner and multiple marathon veteran.

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Ms. Voss can be contacted at 312-275-1080 or info@aparium.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. 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.