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Investing in Employee Safety Sets the Table for Successful Hotel Reopenings

New threats are making it challenging to reduce risks facing hotel employees. Even with heightened cleaning standards and sanitizing technology, it may be difficult to lure frontline workers – especially housekeepers – back to work. With no Coronavirus vaccine, those who return to work are doing so knowing that conditions are unsafe and that they can potentially get sick. As an industry, we need to rally around these heroes and do everything possible to motivate them to come back. We need to celebrate them, train them, and, most importantly, protect them from disease and threats of violence or sexual harassment. Kudos to those who are using this time of quarantine, closed doors, and low occupancy to establish strong employee safety cultures and honor their commitments to industry safety programs like the American Hotel & Lodging Assn.’s 5-Star Promise. Through this initiative, more than 70 companies voluntarily pledged to add employee [...]

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