Open to travel
When narrowed down by industry, the study discovered that that healthcare and medicine professionals are the most open to business travel (62%), closely followed by those in the media and marketing industry (52%). The percentage was much lower in other industries dropping to 37% among ICT workers. Only 36% of staffers in banking, insurance and finance expressed interest in the opportunity of business travel should it be presented.
Businesses should look at ways technology can help avoid business travel which can be physically and emotionally gruelling on employees says Paul Migliorini, CEO of Regus Australia and New Zealand:
“Luckily there is an increasing range of technology, from video conferencing to collaboration software, that enable businesses to avoid travel and help keep employees sleeping on their own pillows.”
The advantage of using video conferencing software is that it can also help lower business expenses, and at the same time help keep employees happy explains Migliorini.
“Overall, less travel is a win-win – businesses save big on costs, and workers get to enjoy their home cooked meals.”