By Patrick Tilley
Alien Day. The date was once Friday, the 3rd of August. For a few humans the day used to be simply starting, for others it used to be the finishing in a superbly general manner. Then correct internationally each flooring and airborne radar reveal went haywire…
This time it had quite occurred. An alien spacecraft used to be in orbit round planet Earth. 9 weeks later, civilisation is at the fringe of a breakdown extra devastating than any nuclear war…
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Jones and Hamilton (1992:95) conclude that management lack effort in developing a yield culture, but also state that: "Because YM is complex and because it depends significantly in information teclinology, involving people is difficuh". According to Jones and Hamilton (1992), the first stage in implementing a YM culture is ensuring everybody within the organisation understands the phenomenon. Brotherton and Mooney (1992) support this view, implying that hoteliers must concentrate primarily on people and that organisational and software programmes are less important.
The Rooms Division Manager made sure that people understood new procedures, and how important it was that what you put in is what gets passed to the YM system, so I think that has been done well. RM. Memo's, reception meetings, training. They probably weren 't told there was to be a change. I learnt more about it, and as things change I try and tell my staff, and try and explain as much as I know, but what I don't know I can't pass on. Table 9: What commitment have employees made to YM procedures?
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Fade Out by Patrick Tilley