Is business travel a good or bad thing? We consistently hear travel studies showing the stress of business travel causes lower employee morale, personal frustration, and general unpleasantness. But, could there be a lighter side? This month’s GoldSpring survey asked just that – with some surprising results.
We first asked, “When you travel for business, is it a net plus (life is better because you traveled), or a net minus (life is worse because you traveled) for you?” 65% of respondents cited net plus, most often noting the improved ability for engagement: staying informed, making connections, creating opportunities for success. Interestingly, the frequency of travel was another great indicator. “Net plus” responses (73%) were significantly ahead of “net minus” responses – up to the 10 or fewer trips frequency. After that, “net minus” responses (62%) were more prevalent.
As travel professionals continue to build more traveler centric programs, managers must work to ensure travel is as hassle-free as can be possible. Consider these 3 key lessons from our client’s survey processes:
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” Fred Rogers
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