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Ms. Barnes-Hogg

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg

Founder, YOLO Insights

Rebecca Barnes-Hogg is a serial connector of small businesses with their ideal employees. She first discovered this talent as a teenager when she helped her high school classmates find summer jobs. Her career in corporate America encompassed all facets of business. Ms. Barnes-Hogg recognized early on that at the center of every business is its people. Throughout her career, Ms. Barnes-Hogg excelled at putting the right people in the right positions to make things happen. In 2011, she founded YOLO Insights® to make sure that no small business is held back because they are unable to find the talented people they need. Her passion for hunting purple unicorns (or in real life words, ideal employees) shows in the transformations she helps organizations achieve. She especially enjoys helping businesses create recruiting strategies to ensure the best cultural fit so they can hire confidently, with more clarity, and know they are making the right hiring decisions for their business.

Ms. Barnes-Hogg is the author of The YOLO Principle: The Ultimate Hiring Guide for Small Business and a coauthor of Rethinking Human Resources. Ms. Barnes-Hogg's recruiting insights have been featured in Forbes, Inc., Business News Daily, U.S. News & World Report, CBS Small Business Pulse, MarketWatch, Hotel Executive, and HR Magazine.

Ms. Barnes-Hogg holds a master's degree in human resources management and a bachelor's in business management. She holds the HR Certification Institute's Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and the Society for Human Resource Management's Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.

Please visit http://www.yoloinsights.com for more information.

Ms. Barnes-Hogg can be contacted at 843-779-9656 or rebecca@yoloinsights.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.