Home Sweet Hotel

Welcome to your new home — a lovely extended-stay hotel room! Thanks for earning the company tons of the customer’s money by living in a hotel and forsaking your family for months at a time.

What’s that? Do you mean to imply you’re ungrateful for a luxurious suite in a nice hotel? Are all the trimmings of modern travel — a rental car, per diem for meals, and free breakfast — not good enough for you?

Are you implying you would rather be jobless? Just kidding! Sheesh, so uptight. For the moment, you’re earning the company just enough money for us to fire you. For now, anyway…

I just don’t get why you don’t find this to be a wonderful arrangement. I mean, who doesn’t love the excitement of a business trip to a fun new destination with no return flight booked?!

You get to see the “world” on the company’s dime, you get to do all the “fun” work, and you get a “break” from your family. Sounds pretty awesome if you ask me. (I’m sure you would have asked me, but I haven’t left a gap for you to respond yet.)

I can’t understand why packing your life into suitcases for open-ended travel doesn’t appeal to you. It’s too bad you will be living in a hotel for many weeks or even months with all amenities provided. You poor thing…

But don’t even waste a thought about us at the office, strapped to our air-conditioned desks, forced to work regular hours, going home to eat dinner with our kids at the table — all while you work as many hours as possible, eat extravagant dinners out, and live the high life of a bachelor in a paid-for hotel!

If only everyone could live like a king. A king constantly on tour, working nights and weekends, while the nobles enjoy the spoils in the castle, that is.

You’re not fooling me, so don’t even try to tell me how bad it is.

I hate travelling, myself. It’s dreadful. Fortunately, my importance and leadership style requires me to be at the office nanomanaging everyone.

W. Albert Jameson, IV

On the other hand…
This is a great way to show how little you care for your team members and their families, not to mention bow down to the bottom line. On the bright side, the team member might actually be glad to get away from the office for a while if this is on par with the company’s culture…

What are some things you can do to appreciate and support your team members on the road?

  • mike

    i always invite my family for biz travel and they invite me…. works well. Never understood the phrase ” Never mix business with pleasure”

    Those starwood points and freq flyer miles

    • You guys are great proof that bringing your family on work travel works. I have always loved the idea! It seems businesses, team members, the wife, and kids would all benefit from the arrangement if it is done well.