I haven’t done a “Hotel Manager” post in a while, mostly because nothing has stirred that old fire for a bit. However, I just found out that another one of my friends is leaving Hyatt – another friend who is burned out from the grind.
One of things I’ve not talked about is the kind of camaraderie that is formed between Front Office Managers in the hotel community. I would work 12-13 hour days, and so would my fellow managers; we would spend more time with each other than we did with our significant others. After a while of that, you develop almost a “trench mentality”, and if the rapport is good between you and your colleague you’ll rapidly come to trust them.
This is both a good thing and a bad thing – one of the constants of the hotel industry is that workers in the industry tend end up in relationships of a physical nature with one another. Like I said above, when you’re spending more time with your colleagues than with your wife, and a lot of your colleagues are women…it can create problems.
I was glad when I got out of the hotel business, and I’m glad for my friends when they get out. Although she’ll probably not read this, I wish her the best of luck in her new job.