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Mr. Cobb

Adam Cobb

Regional Manager, Halogen Software

As regional manager at Halogen Software, and a certified Human Capital Strategist, Adam Cobb has worked directly with hundreds of human resources professionals to plan and implement integrated talent management systems in support of their organizations' strategic plans. With more than a decade of software solutions experience, Mr. Cobb applies his expertise in performance management, succession planning, pay for performance and performance based learning solutions to help Halogen's clients build solid business cases for investing in automated talent management systems. Mr. Cobb is responsible for helping Halogen's clients maximize the value of their talent through integrated talent management strategies and practices that drive business results. Across talent acquisition, engagement, development, leadership, talent retention and metrics, Mr. Cobb is focused on providing the tools and resources Halogen's clients need to execute strategic talent management initiatives. Prior to joining Halogen, Mr. Cobb held senior channel and sales positions at Gavel & Gown Software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its hospitality suite meets the unique needs of this industry. For more information, visit www.halogensoftware.com

Mr. Cobb can be contacted at 613-270-1011 x 4110 or acobb@halogensoftware.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.