When the hotel frontline succeeds, their companies thrive, driving sales, guest loyalty and profitability. That’s the bottom line for any hotel looking to boost sales and fuel organizational success. However, establishing a productive and content workforce requires those in the hospitality industry to address the growing disconnect between a hotel’s frontline staff and their managers. In 2023 hotel employers must focus on the increasing gap between how their frontline staff is currently being managed and how they should be managed in order to create a connected workforce.

As hotels begin to prioritize frontline success, they will need to address how the frontline disconnect drives high turnover and low engagement — and rectify it immediately. As a result, in 2023 we will see a greater emphasis on hotel employee experience, the use of frontline success system technologies to solve the growing disconnect, and new policies and procedures to effectively manage frontline staff. Here are some of the ways these new developments in hotel staff management will occur:

Prediction #1: Hotels will Invest in Frontline Managers

Frontline managers are not being properly equipped with the tools and skill sets they need to manage their hotel staff well. This will change in 2023. Hotel organizations will increasingly commit to more robust manager training which is customized to their specific roles, needs and challenges. Rather than one size fits all training, hotels will deliver training that is customized to the specific training needs of frontline management — whether that is fostering a better communication style for high-stress environments or developing the listening skills needed specifically for managing an hourly workforce. Upper hotel management will recognize that they need to provide more support to their frontline managers for them to be truly effective in their roles.

Prediction #2: Hotels will Provide more Support to their Frontline Teams

Hotel leaders and executives are accepting the fact that for their managers and frontliners to truly gel, they need more support on all fronts. Whether it’s providing competitive benefits, improving workplace safety, shift flexibility, better training and necessary tools and technologies, the hospitality industry is recognizing that investing in frontline workers’ experience is the key to improving engagement and retention. By giving their workers and frontline managers easier access to these resources, hotels will set their employees up for success by closing the disconnect, which leads to a more productive workforce and ultimately a more profitable organization.

Prediction #3: Hotels will Flatten Internal Communications

The root of the frontline disconnect often lies in poor communication and a lack of feedback. A top-down, hierarchical approach to communication creates information silos. It kills collaboration and creates a disconnect between executive leadership and their teams on the frontline. The solution is to flatten internal communications and give workers and their managers tech-driven ways to communicate quickly and securely. It’s time to facilitate instantaneous feedback between managers and staff. Employees — whether frontline or desk-bound — thrive with positive feedback and recognition from their peers and supervisors. Siloed or hierarchical communication processes stymie these types of spontaneous communications and genuine connective moments. The most competitive organizations are making that possible with mobile tech solutions designed to help hotel workers and their managers succeed.

Invest in Frontline Success Systems

As we emerge from the pandemic to a different world, we are seeing the development of various workplace innovations contributing to the future of work. In 2023, it’s time hotels caught up with these innovations. By investing in a frontline success system, hotels can solve the frontline disconnect and create a productive, happy and loyal workforce.

To learn more about these predictions and how a Frontline Success System can help solve your hotel’s frontline disconnect, download Beekeeper’s 2023 Frontline Trends Report.


Beekeeper empowers frontline businesses and their workers with the digital solutions they need to do their best possible work. Founded in 2012, Beekeeper's mobile-first platform was designed and built for deskless employees who — despite representing 80% of the global workforce — have been chronically underserved when it comes to workplace technology. With Beekeeper's Frontline Success System, companies can automate paper-based processes, communicate with employees in real-time from anywhere, and improve the engagement, productivity, and safety of frontline teams.

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