Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Schuler

Cynthia M. Schuler

Human Resources Professional,

Cynthia Schuler, PHR, SHRM-CP, CPRW is a human resources professional who has been in the field for approximately 20 years. During her career, she has observed the transformation of human resources and has a passion for sharing her experiences to assist other human resources professionals nationally and internationally. Ms. Schuler's experience includes the oversight of the full life cycle of human resources to include talent acquisition and recruitment, onboarding, compensation administration, benefit negotiations and administration, employee relations, professional development and training, and regulatory compliance. Her experience extends beyond the basic life cycle to areas including affirmative action reporting, HRIS systems, learning management systems, applicant tracking systems, and diversity and inclusion. Ms. Schuler has published numerous articles and conducted presentations for multiple organizations including Society for Human Resources Japan INSIGHTS magazine, National Business Institute, Business and Legal Reports, and the American Management Association. She is also an author in an upcoming anthology entitled “Cultivating Culture” which was published by Red Letter Publishing in November of 2016. Ms. Schuler's articles and presentations include topics such as cultivating a positive organizational culture, change management, business etiquette, teambuilding, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. Ms. Schuler received her Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and she received her Master's Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

Ms. Schuler can be contacted at 301-343-7369 or cmschuler@msn.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.