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PCH Director wins CHPA Tower of Excellence Award

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Preferred Corporate Housing is excited to announce that Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services, has been named “Individual Member of the Year” at this year’s Corporate Housing Providers Association Tower of Excellence Awards.

CHPA held its Tower of Excellence Awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 6th, in conjunction with the CHPA Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This ceremony included awards given in 7 different categories, including Best Philanthropic/Community Program, Company of the Year and Individual of the Year. This year’s ‘Individual of the Year’ honor was awarded to Michelle Velasquez.

“Michelle has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to the expansion of the Corporate Housing industry and exponential growth of Preferred Corporate Housing,” said Samantha Elliott, PCH President. “We see her commitment to excellence every day in the ways she leads our team and her unwaivering support of our global clients. She deserves this honor,” said Elliott.

The CHPA Individual of the Year Tower of Excellence Award is given to an outstanding employee, executive or owner who has demonstrated commitment and excellence within their company and the corporate housing industry as a whole. This person has proven financial growth year over year, exceeded guest expectations measured by survey results or testimonials, served CHPA through committee leadership or other volunteerism, developed strong partnerships with other corporate housing providers and supplier partners, served in leadership roles with other associations (ERC, NAA, etc.), and created new programs to enhance their business and the corporate housing industry as a whole. This award recognizes their support and acknowledges their diligence, service dedication and industry involvement.

About Michelle Velasquez, GMS, CCHP:

As the Director of Client Services for Preferred Corporate Housing, Michelle oversees all day-to-day tasks relating to sales, new client development, existing client retention, onboarding and industry training initiatives. Michelle is the current Chair of Worldwide ERC’s YP40 Committee, is a regular contributor for Mobility Magazine and was a 2018 recipient of WERC’s Meritorious Service Award.

About Preferred Corporate Housing:

Preferred Corporate Housing, a 20+ year industry leader for furnished temporary housing, provides service to more than 42,000 global destinations. PCH has become a go-to resource for more than 8,000 local, national and global clients including 413 Fortune 100/500 companies.

About CHPA:

CHPA is the only trade association dedicated exclusively to the corporate housing industry. The association advances the highest standards in business and professionalism; provides valuable insight, knowledge and resources to the industry; and increases visibility among related industries. Along with networking, education, certification, and information sharing, CHPA members grow their business and expand their reach through an international network of partners.

Preferred Corporate Housing Honored at FEM Americas Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs)

Monday, May 15th, 2017

FEM Runner UPOn Thursday May 4 2017, the winners of this year’s FEM EMMAs were announced at a glittering gala dinner at the Denver City Center Marriott, Denver, CO.

The FEM EMMAs are the premier awards for the global mobility and HR industry and on Thursday night, following a highly successful two-day Summit key figures, leaders and companies gathered to celebrate the brightest and best in the Americas.

Preferred Corporate Housing was honored to be recognized as Runner Up for “Corporate Housing Provider of the Year,” a category with eight other shortlisted companies competing for the title. “This award has grown in popularity over recent years, and is highly competitive because of the high bar set by all entered nominees,” said Michelle Velasquez, Director of Client Services for Preferred Corporate Housing. “We are proud of our accomplishments over the past years that have led to awards and recognition such as this,” said Velasquez.

Earlier this year, Preferred Corporate Housing received the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award from the global relocation management company, MoveCenter. “Being recognized at such a high level by the Forum for Expatriate Management and the panel of Human Resource and Mobility Professionals is another testament to the dedication of our team,” said Jon Lanclos, PCH Founder. “The team’s commitment to exceptional service, along with their ability to personalize each transferee’s relocation experience are the keys that continue to drive Preferred Corporate Housing’s success,” said Lanclos.

About Preferred Corporate Housing: Preferred Corporate Housing recently celebrated its 20th year servicing temporary housing needs in more than 42,000 global destinations. PCH’s unique low-overhead model provides flexibility in location, budget and customization. With the ability to service remote locations along with the major cities, and dedication to creating the perfect solution for each unique need, PCH is the go-to choice of more than twenty-five relocation management companies and corporate-direct clients.

Share the ‘LOVE’ with Your Team

Monday, February 8th, 2016

employee praiseWe’ve previously referenced the article, “The Power of Praise in Business – and How to Do it Right,” written by Ross McCammon and published in Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2012. We thought February, the month of LOVE, is a fitting time to recap some of the main points of this great article as a reminder to “Show the LOVE” to your team as well. Here is the article in its entirety:

“Here’s what the psychologists think about praise: “Positive reinforcement works better than punishment.”

Here’s what the management experts think: “Employee recognition leads to profit.”

Here’s what the neurologists think: “Dopamine, which is released in the brain any time we hear something we like, is a powerful chemical.”

Here’s what the psychologists, management experts and neurologists think when someone in a position of power tells them they’re doing a great job: “Hell, yeah!” (That, of course, is the dopamine talking.)

How important is praise in business? Extremely important. Extremelyimportant. Research has been done. Analytics, even.

A 2010 study published in Harvard Business Review found that at Best Buy, a 0.1 percent increase in employee engagement drove $100,000 in operating income to the bottom line of each store per year. Now, employee engagement involves lots of things, of course: personal fulfillment, career advancement, free coffee. But according to Chester Elton–speaker, motivation expert and co-author of bestselling management book The Carrot Principle–at Best Buy and many other businesses the Harvard study looked at, simple recognition was the single most important factor.

“The number one driver of engagement is opportunity and well-being,” he says. “The number one driver of opportunity and well-being is recognition and appreciation. The Harvard study showed that you don’t just want employees satisfied, you want them engaged, because an engaged employee gives you their discretionary efforts.”

For psychologists, the wisdom of that investment is obvious. “Praising people for what they do right seems to be more effective, regardless of whether you think it’s nice or not,” says Dr. Laura Carstensen, a professor of psychology at Stanford University whose work focuses on motivation. “People buy lottery tickets, and mathematicians often say, How can you waste that money? Psychologists have a slightly different view, and that is, if buying a ticket for a fairly small amount of money allows you to dream and to think you might get to savor the anticipation of what that reward might look like, that’s probably worth the money.”

Praise is like that. It involves very little effort and produces a lot in return. It’s a no-brainer, even for people who are otherwise ingrates.

So that’s why you should give praise. But how?

How to Give It
Most management experts stress the importance of specificity. “You want to balance praise with constructive feedback,” says psychologist Dr. Wayne Nemeroff, CEO and co-founder of PsyMax Solutions, a Cleveland-based provider of “integrated human capital management tools.” Nemeroff suggests, “Recall a particular situation and describe a specific behavior; acknowledge the impact the behavior or action had on the group or the project or the action or on you.”

Here’s what Elton suggests in his book: Do it now. The closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely it will be repeated. Do it often. The more you message what’s important to you, the more people will focus on that. And finally, be specific.

Specificity is important, of course, but it seems to us that everything flows from sincerity. Sincerity will automatically lead to praise–and, most likely, impromptu praise. Which is the best praise of all, because it’s automatically perceived as sincere. It simply takes advantage of a moment that is already happening: an e-mail that you’re sending anyway, the beginning of a meeting that’s happening anyway, a team-building exercise. (“Bob, never has anyone so elegantly held an orange with his chin.”)

It’s hard to come up with praise on the fly. And the one being praised knows that. If you take advantage of a chance encounter–if the opportunity to praise someone was never even supposed to happen–then what you’re saying is perceived as authentic. The moment is simply an outlet for gratitude. (Important note: Never use the phrase “outlet for gratitude” when praising someone, or at any other time.)

How to Receive It
Giving praise is the easy part. You just have to be aware of other people’s feelings and be in tune with what’s going on in your business. Receiving praise is trickier–ulterior motives and all that.

When it comes to receiving praise, you want to subscribe to the gymnastics rule: Throw out the highest and lowest scores. Never put too much stock in someone telling you that you’re amazing, and never put too much stock in someone telling you that you suck. Listen to the stuff in between. (This also works with online hotel reviews.)

And respond like this: “Thank you,” or something just as straightforward. Anything else can spoil the moment. Praise should be as discreetly received as it is concisely stated.

The principle of positive reinforcement states that behaviors that are rewarded are behaviors that will be repeated. But this can be bad. If we keep repeating behaviors, we lose sight of the most important part of what we do, which is innovate. Praise should establish a new bar. We should accept the praise and then try to forget about it. We should repeat the work that was praised, but immediately move on to doing a better version of it.

What praise ultimately does is hold up a mirror. It acknowledges what people already think about themselves: that they’re good at what they do. You’re making someone happy and fulfilled and more excited to work with you. And for almost no effort at all.

Nice work.

Key Technical Matters

1. Praise should not begin with the phrase “You da ….”

2. Ending an expression of praise with “… and stuff” nullifies the praise.

3. Ending an expression of praise with “… now get back to work” also nullifies the praise.

4. In ascending order of forcefulness: e-mail, face-to-face conversation, handwritten note, bear hug.

5. No bear hugs.

6. A handwritten note is worth more than a $100 gift card.

7. But probably not more than a $200 gift card.

8. Easy on the superlatives: “hardest-working,” “most glorious,” “awesomest,” “best-smelling,” etc.

9. Praise followed by criticism is not praise.

10. Praise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise.

11. Praise followed by criticism followed by praise is a sandwich.

For more information on this article and full writer’s credits, visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222573