Thanks to the growth in online platforms and smart tech, the world is becoming more connected meaning that it’s becoming easier than ever to meet with clients and colleagues across the world without leaving your office.
However, a quick video call can often miss the nuances that an in-person meeting can include, or the post-meeting chat that comes afterwards where essential information can be picked up.
Therefore, there’s still demand for face-to-face meetings. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of business travel and the reasons why business trips could be here to stay.
Pro: First class travel
As the company is paying for the journey, you don’t have to worry about covering the cost of your trip. You can pop lunch on expenses and could even have the chance to travel first class.
Con: Missing out on family time
Overnight stays away from home can be hard if you have a family. You can still speak to your partner or children using Skype or FaceTime, but this time away can be a major negative point if you’re regularly flying away or hopping on trains.
Pro: Meet new people
Whether you’re flying to a meeting in Amsterdam from Manchester or you’re travelling by train from London Bridge to Plumstead, business trips give you the opportunity to meet new people and make new contacts.
Whether you’re getting to learn more about the local culture, or you’re being given the chance to network, corporate travel is a great way to build relationships that could be beneficial.
Con: Negative impact on the environment
If you’re regularly flying to satellite offices across Europe or jetting off to meet clients abroad, you’re likely to be contributing to the negative environmental impact. Switching to rail travel and opting for virtual meetings can help to resolve this issue, however.
Pro: Boost your internal PR
If your manager allows you to head off on trips, it can show that you are a valued and trusted member of the business.
You might be sent to meet key stakeholders or clients, or perhaps you’re working in the company’s sister office in Munich. Whatever the reason for your trip, you have been given the green light to represent the company and this can be a big deal for your credibility.
Con: Long days
Travel is tiring. When you’re expected to be functioning and skilfully showcasing what the business has to offer after a long trip, it can be easy to become exhausted.
It’s important to make sure you get some sleep, therefore. Use an app or have a bath to help you unwind after a long day and to help you feel refreshed.
Are you taking a business trip soon? What are your tips for a smooth journey?