The Old Lodge Malton in North Yorkshire has introduced an initiative for business guests that encourages them to take a slower approach to decisions and is providing complimentary teas and coffees to encourage delegates to stay longer and think.
The hotel has taken up suggestions provided by Professor Frank Partnoy an expert on finance from the University of San Diego Law School in California, whose book ‘WAIT: The Useful Art of Procrastination’ provides the inspiration.
Professor Partnoy argues that the onslaught of modern technology is leading us to forget age-old wisdom and lose the art of waiting. He writes that the ‘crunch of technology’ dives us ‘to make instant decisions’ and follow our short-term animal instincts.
“When I read this, it occurred that many of our business guests may be in this situation, for example, racing up and down the A64 to and from meetings and that they could take a leaf from Professor Partnoy’s book. The Old Lodge is an oasis of calm and we have introduced this to enable business guests to take a longer stop and an extra tea or coffee fill up so that they can have more thinking time,” says hotel manager Eileen Lowery.
Business guests will also be offered tips from Professor Partnoy’s book while enjoying their complimentary tea or coffee in the hotel’s lounges and meeting rooms.
“It’s a little like the Slow Food Movement for Business,” adds Lowery.
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