In business reputation is everything. It can take years to build a good reputation and just one incident can destroy it. Unfortunately, in some cases, there is little you can do to control the bad incident that ruins your reputation and business.
Rodents in a hotel are the perfect example of how a reputation can be quickly damaged. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to prevent the rodents from ruining your reputation. Understanding the most common issues is one way of ensuring you don’t gain a bad reputation. Equally, having a pest control company regularly, inspect your premises will help you to prove that you do everything possible to prevent rodent issues.
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Rodents are well known for being able to chew through nearly anything. That means they can damage your walls, floors, and even your electrical wiring. At the least, this will cost you money to stay on top of the issue.
If customers see the damage they may conclude that you don’t care about the premises or the business, damaging your reputation.
Equally, the damage done by the rodents could cause a fire in your hotel, damaging your business and your reputation further.
- Food Poisoning
Another way the reputation can be damaged is when a guest reports food poisoning. This can occur when food is undercooked or rodents and other pests have transferred bacteria from uncooked foods to cooked ones.
While the guest may not know the reason for the food poisoning, it certainly won’t do your reputation any good.
Another common issue is disease. Rodents spread a lot of diseases as they leave feces and urine everywhere. Staff and guests can inadvertently touch this and contract any disease the rodents are carrying.
When several people from one hotel have the same disease there is instantly a suspicion regarding best practices at the hotel. People will draw their own conclusions and the power of social media means they are able to spread negative opinions easily and damage the reputation of your hotel.
Finally, it goes without saying that any guest that sees a rodent in your hotel will assume there are more and that the hotel doesn’t have an adequate pest control policy. They will share this news with others and quickly damage the reputation of your hotel.
The simple fact is that your reputation can be easily damaged. As a business, you need to be prepared for this and assume it will happen. This allows you to build a response plan and ensures you take the necessary steps to promptly respond and set the record straight. When done properly it can dramatically reduce the negative effects and save your reputation.
Being prepared will go a long way to dealing with the damage, but training your staff can help to prevent the issue from happening in the first place.