Travellers hitting the roads, rail and air are becoming more productive as they’re given access to more technology options, according to new reports. According to the CWT Connect Traveller Study from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, workers on the move are able to use a range of connected devices while on the move. Factored in with the time limit imposed before reaching your destination, and business travellers have found a boost in productivity.
Business travellers were revealed to be resourceful and tech-savvy, with seven in 10 relying on past experiences to book and prepare for travelling. Smartphones have been declared the travellers’ top trip tool, with 80% of travellers declare they rely so heavily on their phones while on a trip that they wouldn’t be able to conduct their business without one. British business trippers are more likely than other workers to feel the need to connect with home while on the road, and more than half like to be back home as soon as they can, 16% higher than the regional average.
Technology has made many workers more confident when travelling, with 78% actively looking for opportunities to travel more with their job. When on the move and planning trips, hotel apps make up the 45% of data usage while map apps make up another 41%. Leaving the office is found to strengthen your home and work relationships, with 93% saying that the advantages and opportunities of work travel outweigh the negatives.
“The business traveller can be so much more productive than even five years ago thanks to technology,” said Simon Nowroz, chief marketing officer, Carlson Wagonlit Travel. “Think about the advances where a business traveller used to have so much down time between a flight, taxi and hotel.
“Now, they can login and work while on the plane or wherever they happen to be. With the continued emergence of the tablet, as well as numerous apps, travellers don’t feel out of touch as they carry out business.”