How to Stay Productive on a Business Travel

August 2, 201610:34 am700 views

Business travel can drain your productive energies, to leave you exhausted to accomplish tasks within the timeframe provided. In this fast-paced digitized era, wherein almost all information can be accessed anytime, anywhere, failing to be productive owing to travel schedules is no excuse for slack in performance efficiency.

Professionals are required to be connected with their team and coworkers on business trips through emails and video conferencing on the go, this exerts tremendous pressures on the outbound professional when they are suppose to meet business demands, respond quickly to emails and meet travel commitments as well.

These increasing levels of stress and pressures on a professional can leave them with absolutely no time, to focus on productive functions, thus impacting productivity and business profits.

With the world being well-connected via networks, there is no substitute for personal business meets. Professional deals are never agreed upon to be signed online and confidential documents to be uploaded and accessed on cloud. Hence, this demands professionals to travel excessively to handle some critical business issues that cannot be resolved by emails and other telecommunication mediums.

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Sometimes clarification on new project requirements or new contract agreements, require the personnel to have a face-to-face discussion with the client, as this boosts trust, credibility and showcases professionalism. The challenge for most professionals herein, is to not compromise on current business productivity, while looking for new customers in the process.

Business trips are costly, but the benefits earned compensate for the hard work. Employers and senior business professionals can try some of these below listed tried-tested methods to stay productive and yes stress-free during your next business trip.

Stay Connected on the Move

Staying connected is a key prerequisite to being productive wherever you are. Harness technology to the max, by making use of apps such as Slack, Whatsapp, Blackberry Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and others to ensure smooth communication flow with all coworkers during your business trip.

Before commencing on a planned business travel, be prepared with gadgets like Smartphone, tablets and notebooks to stay connected on the move.

Also Airways that support in-flight Wi-fi connection could be one of the preferred options to travel such as to stay off the communication gaps impacting workflow. Also, it is important to make sure the hotels, meeting rooms and conference areas support a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Stick to the Schedule

You need to follow a strict well-designed schedule when on a business trip. A clear framework about the time, place, and the people to meet, helps the professional skip unimportant agendas and attend only important meets during the business travel.

This would allow more time in the hands of the professional to not compromise on his regular productive functions and keep in constant touch with the team. Clear to-do lists provide better clarity on the unaccomplished tasks and missions to be achieved, while saving on costs and time.

Add an Extra Day

There is an undeniable temptation to explore new countries, locales and culture during your business trip. So instead of scheduling days to only resolve business matters, employers can allow for one or two extra days for the professional to meet work commitments.

Employees on business travel should enjoy some room for flexibility to combine business with leisure and go on strolls, walking down the streets, pick up on the best artifacts and click photographs to share with friends and family etc.

Spaces for leisure along with business during trips, fosters higher employee engagement with the company and maximises productivity outcomes.

Broaden the Network

Growing network brings many advantages for a company to thrive. Business trip is a great opportunity to meet new people, introduce the company’s brand, promote products and make a mutual partnership with other businesses in the area.

Additional agendas can be met during a single business trip to chip in impromptu meets and acquire new customers to explore different areas of business growth prospects.

As these employees return to work, employers and senior managers should offer valuable feedback on the productivity losses or gains during the period of travel. Also follow-up emails can sent to new clients and customers to nurture the business relationship.

With great planning design, drafted to the minutest detail, allowing some room for extension can help managers meet productivity goals during their business trips. It would also ensure that the professional is not stressed out and overburdened with responsibilities at the end of it all. Bon Voyage!

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