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Corporate tightwads are troubling travellers


If you're facing business trips, a cost-cutting travel trend is making that burden even greater. This was recognized two years ago, and that tendency of businesses to demand cheaper travel is accelerating, as discussed in this article from The Wall Street Journal.

Stateside hotel rates have risen 19.2% in the last 30 months, with rates in London and Singapore rising by nearly a third in that same period.  Some cost-cutting companies now ask employees to share rooms, cook their own meals on the road, and demand prospective employees to fly in for an interview with reimbursement below cost, as per the Journal story (op cit.).

When you combine that with the governmental tendency to change rules at a moment's notice, (remember the pile of cell phones at Heathrow?), video conferencing looks better and better as a substitute for travel.

Do you see an increase in video conferences? If so, do you attribute it to the increasingly problematic nature of business travel? Join the discussion.

3 comments
K7AAY
K7AAY

Do you see an increase in video conferences, and do you attribute it to the increasingly problematic nature of business travel?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

One is that I've noticed that the attendance level at conferences has been up this year. People are traveling at a level that I haven't seen in the past five years. The other is that People like John Chambers at Cisco are making a major effort to cut down on "unnecessary" business travel by using telepresence (hi-def video conferencing) technology. By unnecessary I think he means internal company meetings where people fly to other offices within the company to get together and talk.

ShaneHo
ShaneHo

When I worked for MSFT in Ireland, I had to share a room with a colleague while attending an internal conference in Seattle for a week. It meant that the only private time I had all week was when I was in the bathroom - I was working, eating, drinking and sleeping with people all week. In hindsight (with no disrespect to my gentlemanly room mate), this was completely inappropriate and I would never do it again.

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