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 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.