Going Back to School and Looking Forward

October 06, 2016 | 2534 Views

Going Back to School and Looking Forward

Donna Herbel, FMP, SPHR

Learning Strategist | Blue Phoenix Learning

As September came to an end, the back-to-school season welcomed a new group of students to each class, and a future group of employees to our workforce. The hospitality industry has been and remains a bellwether of employment trends to come. As I reflect on the “back to school” season, I realize that I am fascinated by 6th graders.

The students who walked into 6th grade classrooms will be walking through our industry’s doors in as little as four years. For many, it will be their very first job. These kids are already influencing the buying habits of their families, and are our employees and guests of the future.

Peeking into the future, game-changing advancements in technology, purpose and alignment, and team member engagement were showcased this year at CHART conferences, the NRA show, and other industry events. As training professionals, we are responsible for lighting a pathway to lifelong learning for new managers and team members, as well as those currently in position, preparing for an exciting future.

It is important that we remain curious and innovative learners, engaging storytellers, interested listeners, and active influencers to CHART the course for ongoing learning in our industry and our communities. While I don’t know what the future holds, I do know that every year a group of 6th graders reminds me to go “back to school” to continue elevate training and development for the next generation of learners.

Welcome back!

This blog originally appeared as an article in the October 2016 issue of the flipCHART, our member newsletter. 

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