Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Time to give up on those business trips, don't you think?

Well, airfares are to rise once again, just in time for the spring/summer season. It seems to happen every year and it's always the oil's fault, isn't it? That's the reason this time around too. Oh well, people who really have to or want to travel will, but others like some business travelers will have to rely on making a Conference call or two instead of flying overseas themselves. If you think about it, conference calling has really made a lot of headway and the technology is fantastic, so why do people still insist on traveling themselves, especially if the work is limited to talking in a boardroom or some such thing. I think it's just that it gives you a bit of importance, and the little luxuries of staying on company expense in a hotel for a few days, maybe taking the wife/or hubby along for the ride etc. Well, it's time that we reassess the way we work, the way we take company paid trips for granted and the way we value these things.


Patricia Torres said...

Oh I so agree.. Shalini.. so so true.. People travel even for 2 hours meetings.. so you'd be on a 7 or 8 hr flight.. and 4 hrs at the airport... and then do this again on your way back... for a two hour meeting..

Even worst.. We sell Video conferencing units.. and have them installed at all offices.. How sad??!! Only if everyone was slightly more responsible!!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Nice one!

Shalini said...

Patricia, that's such a waste of time, energy and money, especially when your own company sells them! So ironic.