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Ms. Mitchell

Hayley Mitchell

Social Media & Community Manager, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

As Social Media and Community Manager for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Hayley Mitchell is responsible for the day to day management of online reputation on social networks including online review sites, Facebook, Twitter, Location-based marketing and Fairmont's own community website, Everyonesanoriginal.com. Beyond monitoring, engaging and reporting, she is tasked with the long term social strategy for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands, which includes social campaign management, understanding social media in new markets and determining where and when these brands should be involved. Before returning to her hometown of Toronto to join FRHI in 2010, Ms. Mitchell worked in Arizona in the travel and luxury publishing industry for 7 years. As Director of Custom Publishing for a boutique magazine firm, Ms. Mitchell was charged with contracting, concepting and creating luxury in-room magazines for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Waldorf-Astoria, KLS Resorts, Sheraton and Hilton. Her skills in content creation, engagement, and communication, paired with her knowledge of luxury and travel transferred nicely from print to web, and from working with hotels to working for them. Ms. Mitchell holds an honors BA in both English Literature and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at 416-874-2457 or hayley.mitchell@fairmont.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.