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Regular Messaging Systems: A Misfit in the Hospitality Industry's Communication Channels

| Alkimii

Communication serves as the bedrock of any successful business operation. Whether it's coordinating among employees or interacting with clients, seamless communication ensures that operations flow smoothly, and customers leave satisfied. While instant messaging systems have become popular for personal use, their inherent limitations make it an ill-suited choice for business communications. In this article, we delve into the reasons why these systems might not be the most prudent choice for employee communication. 


Why Regular Messaging Systems Fall Short 

1. Data Security Concerns 

In business communication, especially in sectors like hospitality that handle sensitive information, data security is non-negotiable. While some of these systems’ end-to-end encryption offers a degree of privacy, it falls short of the robust security features required for enterprise-level data protection, raising concerns. The regular messaging systems’ primary focus on securing individual messages is inadequate for safeguarding sensitive employee and guest information in a professional setting. Hospitality businesses handle a multitude of confidential data, including personal details and payment information, necessitating comprehensive security measures beyond encryption. 

A critical shortcoming of these platforms is the lack of granular control over data access and management. In the hospitality sector, where compliance with data privacy regulations like GDPR is crucial, the absence of these controls can hinder the tracking and management of employee access to sensitive information. This deficiency not only compromises data security but also creates potential legal and regulatory liabilities. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates stringent data protection practices, particularly regarding the collection, processing, and storage of personal information. These systems' limitations in providing comprehensive security features make it challenging for hospitality businesses to fully comply with GDPR requirements. The lack of tools for ensuring data integrity and transparent management of user permissions further complicates adherence to these critical regulations. 


2. Limited Features for Employee Management 

Effective employee management hinges on seamless communication, task assignment, and collaboration. Most regular messaging systems, primarily designed for personal use, lack crucial features essential for these business-critical functions, creating a noticeable void in the efficient operation of organisations, particularly in fast-paced industries. Unlike dedicated business communication platforms, they lack the specialised business management tools necessary for comprehensive employee oversight. Managing schedules, tracking performance metrics, and ensuring compliance with company policies become cumbersome without these functionalities. Especially for the hospitality industry, where adherence to specific operational standards is paramount, the absence of dedicated tools for business management can impede the ability to maintain consistent service quality. 


3. Potential for Miscommunication and Confusion 

Clarity in communication is paramount, particularly where instructions must be precise to ensure guest satisfaction. Regular messaging systems’ group chat feature, while useful for casual conversations, may lead to confusion in a professional setting.  

An additional layer of concern arises when considering the importance of employees understanding the context and working framework within which they operate. These systems’ informality and association with personal communication may lead employees to perceive a disconnect between their professional responsibilities and the application of company policies.  

When employees use regular messaging systems for work-related communication, there is a risk that they may not fully appreciate the professional context, assuming that the informality of the platform means that company policies and operational protocols do not fully apply. This misalignment in understanding can lead to deviations from established procedures, impacting service quality and potentially jeopardising the reputation of the establishment. 


4. Communication Boundaries and Privacy Concerns 

Preserving employee privacy and professionalism necessitates clear communication boundaries. Some regular messaging systems’ absence of granular privacy features specifically tailored for business environments falls short in this regard. The lack of functionality to selectively receive messages only during work hours further exacerbates these concerns. The systems’ one-size-fits-all approach to communication fails to address the unique operational needs of businesses, making it difficult for employees to establish a clear distinction between work and personal life. Unlike dedicated business communication solutions, they lack the ability to align messaging preferences with work hours, further complicating the separation of professional and personal conversations. This limitation raises potential privacy issues for employees, who may receive work-related messages during their personal time, blurring the lines between their professional responsibilities and personal life. The inability to control message reception times can negatively impact employee well-being and job satisfaction. 


5. Employee Turnover and Data Management 

High turnover rates are not uncommon in the hospitality industry. Regular messaging systems’ approach to data management may pose significant challenges when employees leave the organisation. The platform lacks automated processes for removing former employees from group chats, creating a potential security and confidentiality gap. The platform also allows individuals who have left the company to retain access to group conversations, potentially compromising sensitive information. 

The absence of efficient mechanisms for limiting access to group chats and ensuring data privacy in the aftermath of employee departures poses a serious concern. In the context of data protection regulations like GDPR, businesses are obligated to implement stringent controls over data access and storage. Regular Messaging Systems’ inability to seamlessly manage personnel changes within group chats not only increases the risk of unauthorised data access but also raises compliance issues with regulations that mandate the removal of former employees from organisational communication channels. 


Alternative to Regular Messaging Systems: Alkimii 

Alkimii offers a GDPR-compliant and secure chat solution designed specifically for the hospitality industry. This feature-rich chat solution is seamlessly integrated with both our Alkimii People and Alkimii Property products, providing a unified platform for managing your hospitality business. 

  • Secure Communication: Alkimii's GDPR-compliant chat ensures data security and compliance. Leavers are automatically removed from your team chat, enhancing data protection measures. 
  • Accessibility: Stay connected on chat and desktop, allowing your team to stay well-informed on the go. 
  • Group Dynamics: Simplify communication by creating custom groups, ensuring efficient interaction with specific team members within their own departments and across departments. 

Alkimii's Chat is part of a comprehensive platform made for hospitality, seamlessly integrating with your workflow and day-to-day operations. Choosing a specialised solution like Alkimii ensures not only secure communication but also a suite of features tailored to the unique needs of the hospitality industry. 

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After years of working in the hospitality industry and running his own hotel our founder Ronan McAulay knew first hand the technology challenges that the hotels face. Alkimii was built to exclusively solve these challenges.