Wandering workers find a new retreat
By Ian GRAYSON
Anyone who spends part of their week out of the office knows the constant challenge of finding somewhere to get necessary work done.
Usually it's a case of buying a brew and perching in the corner of a coffee shop for as long as you can. If you're lucky you'll get a table close to a power point.
The downside is coffee shops are usually busy and noisy, which means making or taking business phone calls is all but impossible. There can also be subtle pressure exerted for you to vacate your place during peak times to make way for bigger spending customers.
But it seems now more people are strolling past the coffee shop and into the nearby hotel foyer. Top hotels have large and luxurious foyers decked out with comfortable chairs, work spaces and a peaceful ambiance. Some have the added lure of free WiFi.
Indeed, according to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, some hotels are actively encouraging mobile workers to lurk in their foyers, using them as a workplace. They figure a busy and buzzing foyer is more attractive than one that is empty.
It's an interesting trend and one that could make on-the-road work sessions much more enjoyable.
Have you discovered the delights of working in hotel foyers?
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