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Travel Dreams, By Design

July 12, 2016 by

There are no tickets required for this travel adventure.

On a busy corner inside The Shops of Legacy, you’ll find a quiet spot to explore, relax, and plan your next vacation. Or not. At Travel Design Lounge, everyone is welcome, not just those who have a destination in mind.

On a chilly and rainy March evening, the bright, comfortable chairs and travel scenes playing across four TV screens invite guests to linger and dream a  while. Artwork encourages visitors to “Get tripsy.” Menu choices are simple but enticing: light appetizers like hummus and lahvosh or a meat and cheese platter. There’s an assortment of chocolates. The treats can be partnered with international beer and/or wine options or a decadent café latte. When the weather is nicer, a large outdoor café area beckons.

Shelby Goodrum has managed the bar at Travel Design Lounge since it opened in October of 2015. She enjoys the vacation stories that are starting to roll in.

Travel-Design-Lounge2“We had a group of ladies who went to London, lots of people who traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean over the winter, and a very excited couple who just came back from Hawaii,” she says. “They are all eager to come back, show their pictures, and tell us how it went!”

Travel and Transport opened Travel Design Lounge to make their experts more accessible to people.

“Some people are just intimidated by a traditional agency,” says Michelle Holmes, general manager of Travel and Transport. “But they may not have the expertise to plan their travel just using online tools. Travel Design Lounge fixes that. Plus, this offers a relaxed atmosphere for friends and family to plan together. ”

Goodrum says travel bloggers have already scheduled meetings at the lounge, and the company is adding theme nights to attract groups of people interested in similar locations.

“Plus, we’ll have advisers here to show them how they can turn the discussion into a terrific vacation!”

There was a time when nearly all travel required a call to a travel agency, or directly to the airlines, to arrange the details. Now, an entire generation cannot conceptualize the idea of leaving a computer screen to order tickets. Once online ticketing became available in 1995, passengers flocked to the convenience of booking their travel at home or the office that way.

Holmes says nothing can replace the experience of having a travel adviser on your side.

“Advisers are your advocate.,” she says. “It doesn’t cost extra, but travel advisers will back you up if you get stuck somewhere, make sure you have a great place to stay, and can send you places with deals you can’t find online. Plus, they’ll customize the search especially for your needs and take care of the planning so you can truly relax and enjoy your trip.”

Who doesn’t dream of getting away from it all, at least for a little while? Holmes certainly does. “Everyone is inspired by travel. What’s so great about Travel Design Lounge is that you don’t have to come in with a plan in mind—or even an agenda. You can just grab a friend or two, have a nice glass of wine, and consider the possibilities.” B2B

Visit traveldesignlounge.com for more information

l-r Michelle Holmes and Shelby Goodrum

l-r Michelle Holmes and Shelby Goodrum

Deprivation Blindspot

May 20, 2015 by

This article appears in the Summer 2015 edition of B2B.

Which of the following is significantly correlated with ethics?

Chocolate

Vegetables

Caffeine

All of the Above

In a recent survey, most people responded “all of the above.” I picked “chocolate” because I think chocolate is associated with everything that is worthwhile in life.

But, bizarre as it may sound, the answer is….. caffeine.

Why?

The Huffington Post reports that professors at the University of Washington, the University of Arizona, and the University of North Carolina have identified what we can call the Deprivation BlindSpot. The more sleep deprived, the more likely we are to be blinded by the desire for quick solutions, the need to fit in, and other psychological tendencies that lead to unethical decisions.

“When you’re sleep-deprived at work, it’s much easier to simply go along with unethical suggestions from your boss because resistance takes effort and you’re already worn down,” says David Welsh, an organizational behavior professor at the University of Washington. “However, we found that caffeine can give sleep-deprived individuals the extra energy needed to resist unethical behavior.” (Note: You might think so, but Welsh’s study was not funded by Starbucks.)

If there is any truth to the claim that caffeine can help us resist unethical behavior, it’s worth implementing a workplace policy that provides free coffee and other caffeinated beverages to all employees.

And it’s reasonable that other practices can also protect us from the Deprivation BlindSpot. First, let’s make sure we take breaks. No more working straight through the day, getting up only once or twice, and eating lunch at the desk.

Second, managers and supervisors can walk around, talk to employees, watch their body language, and ask questions. This practice can help us identify each other’s deprivations. It also helps create a culture of care and respect.

Third, schedule decision-making meetings and high-pressure tasks at the beginning of the day, when even the most exhausted employees have their best burst of energy.

Finally, napping is not just for kindergarten. Employers can promote napping. Google and other tech companies are known for it. Progressive companies are building nap pods and separate rooms to invite employees to nap. As long as employees perform, they can take as many naps as they want.

In what ways do you see yourself or your employees being tired at work? Have you witnessed workers making not-so-great-choices because they’re tired? What do you do to help yourself and them overcome the Deprivation BlindSpot?