If you are tempted to feel defeated knowing that Airbnb reported $5.3 million in sales tax revenue, don’t be because the lions share is with the other 93%. Knowing these numbers and watching them rise or fall can be a game changer for a business.
The key here is to help Maine seasonal businesses capture more profit to be flexible. More profit could allow a lodging to close some rooms so that staff is not stretched, or it could mean having more money to reward employees with.
I am sure the entire state of Maine will watch this discussion and outcome. Creating productive work environments in our Cities is beneficial to the entire State. As our State struggles with an aging population and our youth leaving, it is important for employers to hear the concerns of the community and create viable opportunities.
Managers will stretch the labor force to meet demand, just as they have the last few years. This constant struggle reminded me of the famous quote about insanity. The quote is “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
The purpose of listing my 2016 lessons learned, is to share with and motive Innkeepers in 2017.