Hotels are an integral part of our society. Utilized for leisure, business travel, conventions, special events, and a million other reasons. Folks use them everyday, they are depended upon, and generally enjoyed. On the flip side, there’s heavy competition in the industry, and a constant challenge to experience high levels of success as a hotel owner.
There are many variables at play when it comes to owning, managing, and operating a hotel, and it’s imperative that a keen eye is kept at all times. The industry is constantly changing and evolving, and a successful hotel must not only keep up with the changes, but transform ahead of them.
Constant evaluation of strategies and tactics is crucial. In order to achieve long-term success, a hotel owner must be able to balance, make decisions about, and produce results in all of the departments – finance, marketing, sales, catering, rooms, channel distribution, as well as overall management.
Three words can make or a break a hotel – Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The bigger the organization, the more important SOPs become. Even individual boutique hotels are still “big enough” to require SOP’s to perform at optimal efficiency. Hotel chains and brands without SOP’s are unlikely to succeed.
The point here is short and sweet – have an SOP in your hotel for literally everything. If this isn’t already the case, start implementing them now to ensure your hotel is set-up for success.
Similar to how children need structure in their daily lives in order to mature into grounded, stable adults, hotels require structure in order to function at maximum efficiency. SOP’s affect not only the procedures, but also the team.
Hotel operations are varied , they can be complex, and how they’re done provides identity and reputation. Needless to say, it is crucial to the success to implement Hotel Standard Operating Procedures.
All businesses benefit and operate at a higher efficiency when they have SOP’s in place. Due to the competitive and quick-paced nature of the hospitality industry, Hotels cannot afford to not utilize tried and true SOP’s.
Everything from how a credit card in run, to how the sheets are arranged needs to have its own procedure, and if it doesn’t, implement some immediately.
Spring break is nearly here, after that comes Summer, Fall breaks, the holidays, and on the cycle goes. If your hotel isn’t already part of a well known Brand, or if it doesn’t already have functional SOP’s from your hotel management company, then pay close attention to these next two points explaining the importance.
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