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Dealing with the “Weakest Link on a Hospitality Team”

publication date: Apr 7, 2014
author/source: Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE CMHS

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM™? Premiered on in Spring 2011 and addresses specific problems submitted by members and readers or identified from Hospitality associates' consulting.  Problems are stated in industry terms and at least one potential solution discussed.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)1

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM™?  Dealing with the “Weakest Link on a Hospitality Team”

This situation listed below is one that comes up with regularity in some of my previous management assignments, in consulting projects in hospitality businesses that are trying to show improvement in operations and profitability yet keep running into ongoing challenges. Those challenges usually revolve around people and what is often refereed to as “the weakest link.” The weakest link on any team (business, sports, performing arts, etc.) is the one person who is not quite up to par with the rest, yet is part of the team.


In hospitality, this weakest link can literally undermine the success of a hotel or restaurant e, as the technology available today means there are often no “second chances”. Guests can and do immediately post their comments in social media forums and attention must be paid to making all members of every team competent, confident and hospitable.


Approaches on this include:

  1. A strong selection process, including multiple interviews prior to hiring.

  2. A set orientation program for all new associates

  3. A structured training program for all associates that includes a system of testing in the process.


This might seem extreme to some people for certain hourly positions that have high turnover rates.; however, using these tactics as part of your hiring, training and service strategies could help reduce those turnover rates and address your “weakest links.” WHAT'S THE PROBLEM™?   is open to visitors and members @HospitalityEducators.com.

More detailed options and additional responses can be found in the MEMBERS ONLY section titled "The Solution Is™"

These two areas include input from a wide range of hospitality professionals from all portions of the industry.  If you would like to participate with a question or to offer a potential solution, please contact John. Hogan@hospitalityeducators.com



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.John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. He is Co-Founder of a consortium (www.HospitalityEducators.com) of successful corporate and academic professionals delivering focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today. www.HospitalityEducators.com is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas that are designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. HospitalityEducators.com has become the #1 website for independent hotel owners and managers, with more than 700 resources available to members.

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