Bridging Hospitality and Technology
When Experience Design expert and restaurateur Danny Meyer reopened his infamous Union Square Cafe, he did so through the lens of Connection. Bridging the gap between dining and technology, Meyer partnered with a reservation system startup to create an Apple Watch app that pings every manager in the restaurant when there is a potential moment for service recovery. For example, if a menu item runs out in the kitchen, the managers can inform their guests ahead of time and suggest an alternative so as not to disappoint.
This technology, aimed to enhance human Connections, also provides opportunities to create small moments of surprise and delight for diners; when the managers are pinged that the guests are signing their check, the host can retrieve the guests’ coats and have them ready when the guests exit.
If technology can create Connection in fine dining, how can it be applied to health care? We have so many opportunities to enhance the connective Experience we create in our organizations – sometimes we just have to think outside the box.