A hectic business travel schedule that keeps an employee away from home causes a work-life imbalance and this has a significant impact on the productivity of the employee. Maintaining consistent performance for business travellers becomes demanding and stressful. Therefore, it’s important to plan your business travel effectively.
A study published by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and American Express Global Business Travel reveals that improving work-life balance is one of the top priorities of modern business travellers. Moreover, another report stated that 46% of managers have witnessed an increase in the number of enquiries about smart ways to enhance the work-life balance from frequent travellers.
Strike a smart work-life balance while travelling for work with these 6 tips:
- Confirm Meetings Before Leaving:
Confirm the date and time of meeting that you have mutually decided with your partners/clients/vendors before you prepare for your business trip. This reduces the possibility of a futile business trip and saves unnecessary business expenses. For today’s young workforce who are constantly running against time, time is the new currency.
- Select The Quickest Route:
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As technology progresses, an increasing number of travellers are relying on digital technology to navigate with the help of GPS, find cabs, find alternate routes and more. As a smart traveller, compare between the available routes and opt for the quickest one and make travel plans accordingly. Traffic could make the shortest routes the longest, beware!
- Effective Planning and Flexible Working:
Returning home late from work does not necessarily mean you are working round-the-clock. Plan your workday judiciously. For instance, if you have a business meeting in the evening in another city and have a late night flight back home, you can enjoy your ‘me time’ in the morning, attend the business meeting at the agreed time and work on important tasks during your journey. It’s all about striking the right balance!
- Smart Time Management:
Why waste the time that you spend travelling for your business meetings when you can utilise it wisely? Think about the amount of time that we spend stuck at seemingly unending traffic jams, and listlessly observing people around us. Effective planning plays an important role in using time optimally to maximise work productivity. This way business travel, especially those that take up time during business work hours, does not prevent professionals from meeting crucial work deadlines.
- Embrace Digital Meetings:
Owing to digital advancements today, the world is digitally connected. Smart entrepreneurs must make the most of advancing technology and encourage digital meetings, which are not only convenient, but are also cost-effective.
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