Water Conservation Training Programs For Hotel Employees
By Russ Horner Co-founder, Water Management, Inc. | September 08, 2013
There are no federal or state laws that require you to offer occupational training to your employees, but by law, employers have a responsibility for the safety and health of all employees. Providing a safe work environment includes the obligation to provide safety training specific to an employee's job duties and potential workplace hazards.
In many of the hotels we work with, employee training is often forgotten about because there just is not enough time. If you are already allocating time and resources to required safety training, it won't take much effort to add concise water conservation training to your repertoire.
At Water Management, we determined that the most effective way to get our training message across was to combine our weekly safety meetings with concise technical training topics.
Safety meetings, or as the construction industry likes to call them, "Tailgate or Toolbox" safety meetings, are 10-15 minute on-the job meetings held to keep employees alert to work-related hazards. Tailgate or toolbox safety meetings have proved their worth by teaching employees to recognize workplace hazards, and by preventing accidents, illnesses and on-the-job injuries. It has been our experience that training in small chunks, and repeated frequently, allows us to make lasting changes to our employee's habits.
Basic, Ongoing Training
The impression that your Housekeeping and Maintenance Staff makes on guests is invaluable, and because of this, there are many resources and opportunities to provide training that will improve guest satisfaction. Combining training sessions with safety sessions can work very well for the housekeeping and maintenance staff. These employees are in your hotel rooms, kitchens, and restrooms on a daily basis. Therefore, training them to be the ears and eyes of a Water Conservation Program can reap huge savings.