http://app.meetingRoom.ioThe Reality of Business Travel in 2019
Remember being a kid and going to the airport. The thrill of taking off, the fight for the window seat, rushing to collect bags that wouldn’t show up for what seemed an age. The memories counted on the flight home.
Fast forward to today when you’re hearing of a trip it’s more than likely for work than pleasure. Now, it’s the hassle of organising an itinerary that validates not being in real work for a few days.
For most executives, it’s a similar story – business travel can, at times, be met with a groan. Meeting a client is great! Meeting another team for a 30 minute meeting after a 13 hour flight? Not so much.
Today, there are many assumptions associated with business travel; it’s a mega industry with huge economic impact. It’s how decisions get made. It’s a perk of the job. Let’s take a look at some of these theories below!
Great slide from team at expertmarket.co.uk
In the current competitive market for talent, , there are a few oft-touted assumptions when it comes to business travel.
It’s a great way to meet new people
Explore new cities and make lifelong memories
Travel in business class
You have so much free time in between your work
Eating out is awesome
Hotel rooms without the kids and on your own – the peace!
Business travel is going away thanks to video conferencing
That’s the dream, the promise and the prestige of business travel… right?
Coming off a flight flight sick from the air-con or just tired doesn’t build relationships
Getting lost on the way to an office block are the kind of memories we’re happy to forget
Being driven in a taxi is not sightseeing and sucking the gut in to fit on the underground ratrace is definitely an experience, just maybe not when you picture remote working business travel
Airplane food is not glamorous, for me, it’s an unintended fasting session
Airbnb pullout beds are not Instagram-standard glamour
Ryanair Priority is the real business class
Filling out expense reports can be an easy way to rack up unplanned costs and are painful to fill out if you’re not using a great digital solution
The most exciting thing about my last hotel room in Berlin was that it had an ironing board…
Video is great until it inevitably freezes – “it couldn’t be my connection, it must be yours – have you tried turning it off and on again?”
Image source: GBTA
We don’t agree with over a trillion hours a day being spent on the morning commute, $1.33 trillion being spent on business travel as of 2017, billions in long-term damage to our environment with insane carbon emissions from wasted travel and rising rapidly and people losing countless hours of productivity.
In the past, yes, business travel was a great way to see and do the things you wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance but with the abundance of consumer travel, a $10 trillion industry today, we think it’s safe to say people are getting to see more of the world than ever before so let’s focus on optimising travel to be a much richer and valuable experience.
A Vision for the Future
Our vision for the future of work is changing behaviour. The “prestige” job is going to change: from business travel and the perceived image of success, shifting to remote work and a culture focused on results.
The movement has already begun. Companies like meetingRoom exist because we don’t believe the way we do business today is sustainable and we can provide a solution companies who know remote teams work, but want a better experience to succeed. We don’t believe we will eliminate business travel, we are going to make it something people look forward to again and that doesn’t kill the planet.
If you’re interested in working collaboratively to reduce internal flights, you’re looking to improve your remote teams’ communication with a positive effect on the planet or if you’re looking for the best sound to make you and your team feel like they’re in the same room from anywhere, get in touch or sign up for a free digital HQ today on meetingRoom, the remote work platform.