Wednesday Buzz: Is This the End of Mini Shampoos?

Major hotel brands are phasing out mini toiletry bottles for larger pump bottles. Also: Beth’s Blog shares helpful tips for creating a happier and healthier workplace culture.

The tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles that some of us like to nab from our hotel rooms may soon be a thing of the past.

Marriott International and InterContinental Hotels are replacing the minis with large pump bottles that are fastened to the shower walls in some of their hotels, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The reason for the switch has little to do with our habit of pocketing the bottles. Instead, the hotels cited sustainability issues and maintenance problems that occur when the bottle caps fall down the drain. Also, hotel guests will no longer need to call down to the front desk when they run out of shampoo.

A Supply Chain Dive writer is skeptical of the eco-conscious bent, however. “What is disingenuous to me is masking most cost reduction decisions under the cover of sustainability. Just look at other cost reduction initiatives in hotels,” he writes. “We can check in remotely and have a receipt sent to our email in order to ‘save paper.’ Yes it does, but it also reduces front desk and back office labor.”

Promote Well-Being

Focusing on organizational culture often feels secondary to a group’s mission, but building a healthy culture is more necessary than ever.

“We are living in an age of radical transparency, powered by movements like #metoo, it is beginning to shine a light on toxic nonprofit workplaces for all to see what was once hidden,” writes Beth Kanter in a new post. “Potential job applicants are beginning to place as much emphasis on positive organizational culture as they do on job tasks and salaries.”

Kanter goes on to provide a ton of tips for promoting a healthier culture.

Other Links of Note

No matter our industry, we’re all looking for more traffic. CMSWire shares a bunch of traffic sources that might not be on your radar.

The exact wording of your call to action can make a big difference. Unbounce did an A/B test with small text tweaks and got surprising results.

Enough with the lectures, says meeting designer and facilitator Adrian Segar. He argues that conference attendees are looking to change—not merely to learn.

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