Purpose: In line with the escapist dimension of hospitality settings, the article investigates how the front office staff of high-end hotels deal with clients' secret sexual encounters. Design/methodology/approach: The article draws on data collected through a participant observation study conducted in two high-end hotels in Milan (Italy), during which the author held the role of front-line receptionist. Findings: The research illustrates the ways in which workers frame events and conduct operations to guarantee the appropriate conditions for guests' extra-marital adventures and paid sexual encounters. In revealing the role of shared knowledge as well as non-formalised procedures in meeting guests' needs, the article shows how employees seek to protect their own work and the hotel's image. Originality/value: The article sheds light on the very features of high-end service work by illustrating how workers satisfy clients' secret needs and unexpressed demands.

Gaspani, F. (2022). “We have to take care of them”: front office workers and the secret sexual encounters of guests in high-end hotels. EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, 44(4), 913-925 [10.1108/ER-12-2020-0535].

“We have to take care of them”: front office workers and the secret sexual encounters of guests in high-end hotels

Gaspani, F
2022

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Purpose: In line with the escapist dimension of hospitality settings, the article investigates how the front office staff of high-end hotels deal with clients' secret sexual encounters. Design/methodology/approach: The article draws on data collected through a participant observation study conducted in two high-end hotels in Milan (Italy), during which the author held the role of front-line receptionist. Findings: The research illustrates the ways in which workers frame events and conduct operations to guarantee the appropriate conditions for guests' extra-marital adventures and paid sexual encounters. In revealing the role of shared knowledge as well as non-formalised procedures in meeting guests' needs, the article shows how employees seek to protect their own work and the hotel's image. Originality/value: The article sheds light on the very features of high-end service work by illustrating how workers satisfy clients' secret needs and unexpressed demands.
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Commercial sex; Front office workers; Front-line service work; Guests' sexual encounters; High-end hotels;
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Gaspani, F. (2022). “We have to take care of them”: front office workers and the secret sexual encounters of guests in high-end hotels. EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, 44(4), 913-925 [10.1108/ER-12-2020-0535].
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