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Working as part of the housekeeping team, you are in charge of the cleanliness of all the guest rooms and public areas in a hotel, lodge, resort or guesthouse. It is important that the equipment you use is kept in good working condition, and is used safely. Housekeepers are generally provided with a housekeeping uniform.
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As an Executive Housekeeper, much of your time will be taken up supervising and training your housekeeping team; planning staff rotas; and dealing with the suppliers of linen, cleaning materials and guest supplies. Key areas are controlling the costs of cleaning materials, linen, laundry, maintenance and wages.
You will liaise closely with other heads of department and the general manager, and attend the regular heads of department meetings. You will also meet regularly with your housekeeping team.
A regular part of your routine will be checking that high standards of cleanliness are maintained, rooms are correctly serviced, and equipment kept in a safe condition. Some cleaning materials are hazardous, and it is your responsibility to ensure that staff are trained to use them safely. Health, safety, fire precautions and security will be ongoing concerns.
The Assistant Housekeeper supports the Executive Housekeeper in all duties of the housekeeping operation. As an Assistant Executive Housekeeper you need to be a good communicator, liaise with department heads, guests and staff members. Effective leadership skills are also a sought-after quality for an Assistant Executive Housekeeper as you will fill in for the Executive Housekeeper when called upon.
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You will often be given your own floor or area to clean, and completing the work fast and efficiently is the key. You must make sure the rooms are in first-class condition for both new arrivals and continued stays, and inform the head housekeeper when rooms are ready for guests.
As a housekeeper, you’ll need to maintain good relations with reception staff, so that they know when rooms are ready to re-let to guests, and you know when rooms can be serviced. It’s also important to have a good relationship with the maintenance department, so that repairs are carried out promptly, and rooms are kept in good working order. In addition to your salary, many housekeepers will receive housekeeping tips.
A regular part of both the Executive Housekeeper and Assistant Executive Housekeeper positions is checking that high standards of cleanliness are maintained, rooms are correctly serviced, and equipment is kept in a safe condition. Some cleaning materials are hazardous, and it is your responsibility to ensure that staff are trained to use them safely. Health, safety, fire precautions and security will be ongoing concerns.