March means the start of the spring break season – one of the busiest for hotels nationwide, but particularly those in sunny, beachside locales. Are you ready for the onslaught of college students ready to have a great time and spend money in your hotel and local shops? MDM Lodging offers a few ideas for cashing in on this classic American tradition.
Take your message “where the boys (and girls) are”: The 1960 film, Where the Boys Are, is credited with making spring break a nationwide collegiate tradition. Four female friends drive to Fort Lauderdale in hopes of having some fun in the sun and perhaps enjoying a week-long fling with a cute boy. Take a cue and take your message where virtually every college age individual is hanging out these days – on social media sites. Post your spring break promotions and specials, along with some convincing reasons for spending the annual holiday at your hotel.
Look outside your front door: Connect with local restaurants, bars, night clubs and attractions that appeal to spring breakers and create co-promotions that benefit you both. Such guest perks might include discounts, free drinks or gift cards for your guests to enjoy.
Take advantage of your captive audience: Use your hotel guestroom TVs and digital signage to let guests know about specials at your on-site restaurants, local events, area attractions, etc. It’ll add to your guests’ spring break experience and help take some of the burden off your already busy hotel staff.
Play it safe: It’s an unfortunate fact that partying spring breakers can get out of hand. Make sure they and your other guests are safe by beefing up security. Post expectations of spring breakers to keep noise and late night shenanigans to a minimum and hire extra security for the March-April spring break season. You may even want to consider dedicating a particular floor or area for spring breakers. This will help minimize disturbances to other guests.
Don’t forget your littlest guests: Remember that not all spring breakers are college students. Many families with school-age children take advantage of the spring break holiday, too. Help them enjoy their stay by offering family-friendly parties or events onsite, specials at your hotel restaurants and cafes, or discount deals to local kid-friendly attractions.
From all of us here at MDM Lodging, have a safe, fun and profitable spring break season!
Search all you want and you’ll never find a job that doesn’t come with some degree of stress. As rewarding as it is, the hotel and hospitality business is no different.
Hotel workers daily deal with wearied parents, cranky kids and on-edge business travelers – all of whom can make for some very demanding clients. Across the board, American employees miss upwards of 100 million workdays due to stress. Plus, up to 75 percent of disease can be attributed to stress. Insomnia, ulcers and depression all can be caused by workplace stress. And, according to a recent survey, hotel and restaurant workers experience employee burnout at a rate of one in seven. All those days off work, and employee turnover due to burnout, can place even more stress on co-workers and put a dent in your healthcare facility’s profitability.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to help your employees better manage workplace stress:
Make sure that managers are well trained in matters of employee distress and approachable;
Provide adequate staffing and training;
Encourage employees to adopt healthy lifestyle habits including exercise, good nutrition and plenty of sleep and breaks;
Give employees recognition and rewards for their accomplishments and contributions;
Take as much burden off employees as possible. One great way is to install digital signage with content that answers guests’ most commonly asked questions.
Got more great stress-reducing ideas to share? Post them on MDM Lodging’s Facebook fan page. And if you’d like to install digital signage in your hotel or inn, call 800-359-6741.
Virtually any job has some amount of stress. But hospital workers are at a particularly high risk for job-related stress and tension simply because of their environment. Luckily, there are ways to help healthcare employees manage.
Many hospital workers must face patients battling life-threatening injuries and illnesses every day. That alone can wear on anyone. Add tight schedules, understaffing, paperwork, intricate or malfunctioning equipment, staff politics, demanding patients, and patient deaths – all part of the daily hospital experience – and you’ve got a very high-stress situation. Across the board, American employees miss upwards of 100 million workdays due to stress, and up to 75 percent of disease can be attributed to stress. These statistics can be higher among hospital workers than others. And all those missed days can put a dent in your healthcare facility’s profitability.
MDM Healthcare offers several products and systems designed to help alleviate much of the stress hospital employees including physicians, nurses, orderlies and administrative workers deal with on a daily basis. Our digital television systems installed in patient rooms and guest lobbies deliver entertainment options including DirecTV. Add our fully customizable patient education systems, and turn that in-room television set into a learning center with information and programming tailored to a specific patient. These targeted, interactive programs answer dozens of questions that patients have about their conditions and treatments that otherwise would take your employee’s time.
MDM Healthcare’s digital signage systems also help answer questions often asked of employees by patients’ visitors, including those concerning onsite and local amenities like hotels, restaurants and gift shops.
Answering questions and keeping patients and visitors happily occupied allows your staff to focus on their more pressing duties, improving efficiency and morale. Call MDM Healthcare at 800-670-0929 and speak with a specialist about your customized systems today.
The New Year is fast upon us, and many hoteliers are looking forward to a successful 2013. MDM Lodging offers a few New Year’s resolution suggestions to help ensure a prosperous coming year.
Resolve to upgrade. MDM Lodging’s high-definition, flat-screen television sets are a huge step up in quality over older, boxier sets. They lend an upscale feel and offer many more programming and viewing options.
Resolve to comfort. New hotel furniture, fixtures and equipment can turn your inn into a true home away from home for wearied guests.
Resolve to inspire. Digital signage placed in hotel lobbies, hallways, guestrooms, and common areas like pools and onsite restaurants, spas and gift shops can help disseminate information and answer guests’ most commonly asked questions, and to suggest great ideas to help travelers better enjoy their stays. Use digital signs to let guests know about restaurant menu items and specials; swimming pool, spa and gift shop hours; and local tourist attractions and happenings.
Resolve to ease. MDM Lodging’s Digital signage doesn’t benefit your guests only. It also takes a huge burden off your employees, who would otherwise spend far too much time answering common guest questions. And as every entrepreneur knows, happy employees make for happier clients.
Today’s travelers are becoming increasingly savvy. They’re demanding higher quality and more comfortable stays. MDM Lodging can help you deliver what guests expect, boosting your competitiveness and your bottom line. Contact us today at 800-673-0929 or via our online email form.
From all of us here at MDM Lodging, have a happy and prosperous New Year!
Holidays are meant to be a joyous time. But when they’re spent in a hospital bed, it can be a stressful time of year for both the patient and those who love him or her. To help ease that stress and lift spirits a bit, MDM Healthcare offers a few ideas for content for your hospital digital signage and TV systems during the Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year holidays:
Holiday / winter health tips
Slideshows of local holiday decorations
Fun info bits on holiday tradition origins and history
Info on holiday specials at hospital cafes and gift stores
Digital signage by MDM Healthcare is affordable, easy to operate and can improve the experience for patients and visitors at your hospital or healthcare facility, plus take a burden off your staff. By posting carefully selected, helpful content, you can inform your patients and their visitors of all sorts of information that they’d otherwise have to request of your nursing and administrative staff.
MDM Healthcare offers ten top recommendations for digital signage content displayed in your facility’s patient rooms, waiting rooms and hallways:
Information or nursing station locations
Onsite café location, hours and menu items
Gift shop location and hours
Family & waiting room locations
WiFi accessible room locations
Parking lot info and directions
Nearby hotel and restaurant locations
MDM Healthcare’s high definition televisions come in 37-inch, 42-inch and 47-inch models. Accompanying EZ Sign digital signage software allows you and your staff to easily edit content by selecting pre-installed content templates, uploading images, filling in text and exporting content. Simply download your work to a flash drive and plug it into the TV.
Digital signage by MDM Lodging is affordable, easy to operate and can improve your guests’ experience while taking a load off your employees. By posting carefully selected, helpful content, you can inform your hotel guests of all sorts of information that they’d otherwise have to request of your front desk clerks and concierge staff. Ten top recommendations for digital signage content displayed in public areas including your lobby, pool area and on-site restaurants and bars are:
Swimming pool, spa and restaurant hours
Room service offerings
Restaurant and gift shop specials
Local places of interest
Check-out time reminders
Interesting local history facts
Lifestyle & health tips
Local show times
MDM Lodging’s digital signage software and HDTVs are surprisingly easy to install and use. Top quality high definition televisions come in 37-inch, 42-inch and 47-inch models. Accompanying EZ Sign digital signage software allows you and your staff to edit content by selecting a pre-installed content template, uploading an image, editing text and exporting content. Simply download your work to a flash drive and plug it into the TV.
To get your digital signage system, contact MDM Lodging at 800-359-6741.
At MDM Commercial, we strive to be true partners as we provide the equipment and services you need to keep your healthcare or hospitality facility running smoothly. Founded in 1990, we have decades of experience developing solutions that suit your unique needs, no matter how large or small your facility may be. You can count on us for:
A large catalog of products at competitive prices
Prompt and efficient equipment installation and setup
Ongoing account management and system maintenance
Knowledgeable professionals offering unsurpassed customer service