Shutting down on property laundry operations and converting to hospitality linen services can be one of the most liberating moves you can make, saving you money, space and even precious natural resources.
But what about your laundry staff?
Shifting to a commercial laundry service doesn’t have to spell doom for your valued employees. Here are some ideas for what to do with your laundry staff when you convert to hospitality linen services.
Staff Them in Your New….
One of the key benefits of outsourcing is to take advantage of the money saved with a lower hotel laundry service cost. Perhaps a close second is the chance to reclaim the space being taken up by your commercial laundry equipment and replacing it with a new venture.
Hotels and resorts who have made the savvy switch from an OPL have created new retail outlets, coffee shops, spas and even offices. Those new opportunities need staff, too, and with the right transition training, you’ll be able to shift your laundry staff to them.
While they may not be familiar with your new business, existing staff know your property better than anyone.
Bolster Your Training Team
If you’ve been meaning to step up your hospitality training program, take advantage of your laundry staff’s institutional knowledge and expertise by adding them to a new training team.
They likely already have experience training their peers, and they’ll be best equipped to develop training materials that make the most sense for their colleagues. Too many properties skip or skimp on training, and having a set of available staff means you can avoid making the mistake.
Closing One Door, Opening Others
Shutting down your OPL and converting to a hotel laundry service will mean the end of an era, but it doesn’t have to spell the end of your relationship with valued staff. Having an open mind about where to transition their talents will benefit everyone in the long run.