Hotel Rooms Without Desks?

I wrote this post over a year ago, but it stayed in Drafts. Maybe the trend went away before it caught on. Maybe for good reason.

Huh?
Know your market.
Using smart phones as room keys makes sense. Once you’re a member of the reading glasses generation, there are only so many hands to go around. A frequent and annoying challenge is keeping my room key from coming into contact with my smartphone. At the very minimum, I’m juggling bulky rental car keys, reading glasses, rolling briefcase, smartphone for GPS/calendar – and I pack light.  Thank goodness my new projector now fits inside my rolling briefcase.

But if I don’t have a quiet hotel room to do some desktop work, that will be a significant impairment to my productivity.  Some of us are very effected by the noise pollution that abounds. You cannot avoid the constant onslaught of media talking at you – in the concierge lounge, the lobby, the dining room, every SINGLE waiting room everywhere. My hotel room is the only place that I can control my distractions. Even though I keep the bare minimum in my travel bag, I still need a desktop for PC, mifi unit, water bottle, legal pad, mouse pad.

Marriott is removing desks from hotel rooms in a strange bid to please millennials

Maybe they intend to move the desks to the gym? Now that’s not a bad idea, but they need to enlarge the space and shrink the number of rooms perhaps.

Takeaway: If your numbers are down, whether your sales or whatever metrics you use for performance, look internally for answers, not just externally.  You may have sliced your target a bit too narrowly. That’s a problem only you can fix.

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