Expensify CEO David Barrett sent some customers into a frenzy with commentary about politics that was at once remarkable and in character. His message, posted Thursday to his company website and sent to all users of its expense management products, said, “Protect democracy, vote for Biden.” If the ensuing tweetstorm is to be believed, Expensify is losing lots of accounts over Barrett’s outspokenness.
Political topics have always been challenging in the workplace, but never more than now. In the past, the goal was to avoid escalation. Today the conversation often starts heated. Furthermore, they can feel unavoidable, especially if they’re sprung on you with no warning. For example, imagine you’re on a Zoom call discussing accelerating a project deadline when your colleague, “Ned,” says, “This is a product release, not a vaccine.” And that was the fourth time in just this meeting he has laced his comments with politics. You can tell others feel he’s not just making jokes but pushing his opinions. What should you do?
EmpireCLS Teams With Hip Shuttle Tech Firm For Return-To-Office Service, Joins Other Ground Operators In Opening New Business Lines
Chauffeured car operator EmpireCLS for the first time will offer corporate shuttles for commuting. Part of a tie-up with tech firm Hip, the service meets demand from clients wary of public transportation due to the pandemic, according to executives. The program is rolling out in the Los Angeles and New York metro areas and could expand to wherever clients need it across EmpireCLS’ 1,000-city network.
The massive continental U.S. portion of the U.S. Army’s travel program will move to BCD Travel from CWT if the latter’s protest of an award completed in September fails. CW Government Travel Inc., doing business as CWTSatoTravel, filed a bid protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Sept. 25. It is taking issue with an award of the Army CONUS contract to BCD by the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Reporter’s Notebook: Reviewing Job Performance During Covid, Coordinating Travel Mgmt. And Security, Reconsidering Corp. Airline Deals, Pursuing Testing Standards
This autumn isn’t panning out the way many of us expected. Business travel hasn’t bounced back, and in-person industry education is non-existent. Fortunately, virtual forums are standing in. The batch of insights below came from online events conducted by Deem (Sept. 24), the Institute of Travel Management (Sept. 29), and Atlas Travel, Cornell University and GBTA (separately, on Oct. 13).
ARC Notes Positive Booking Trends But Preps For Closures At Up To One In Four Travel Management Company Locations (Audio)
Tickets issued by corporate travel agencies last week were down 85.7 percent year over year. It was a slight improvement on the week before, continuing a modest trend. Speaking last week during a Teleconference call, ARC president and CEO Mike Premo shared his “marketing spin” that corporate travel grew by more than 50 percent during the previous nine weeks or so.
Who would buy into the travel industry right now? Some are betting on the public. American Express Global Business Travel chair Greg O’Hara, Teplis Travel CEO Gary Teplis and longtime travel investors at Thayer Ventures since June each created a blank check company to make deals in travel. Investors design such special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, to go public and then make an “initial business combination” with one or more entities.