Academic journal article Manager

Is Your Journey Really Necessary?

Academic journal article Manager

Is Your Journey Really Necessary?

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EUROPEAN managers claim that less than three out of every ten meetings need face-to-face communications, and that technology could be utilised instead to gain lost travel time while improving productivity and the quality of business level decision making. Furthermore, while managers acknowledge the need for businesses to consider environmental issues, there is little evidence that this is impacting on corporate travel policies, even with rising travel costs. These are the key findings of a survey sponsored by Interwise, a global leader in enterprise conferencing solutions, into business travel by European business executives. Said Tony Gasson, vice president EMEA, Interwise, "Businesses in Europe recognise the need to reduce carbon emissions and actively consider environmental issues as part of their corporate travel policies. Virtual meeting technologies now provide the means to make this possible. Eliminating a long haul from London to New York equates to a 1.2 tonnes saving of carbon dioxide." The survey respondents indicated that travel by air, road or rail for business meetings is frequent and commonplace throughout Europe. Almost a third of respondents (30.2 %) said that they attended more than four meetings out of the office each month, while 25 % said that they attended more than two meetings per week out of the office. The managers questioned said that only 22.7 % of meetings needed to be held face-to-face.

Traditional web and TDM/voice conferencing combined are credible alternatives to business travel for meetings, but because those services are usually purchased on a per-minute or concurrent user basis, access and usage is often restricted to less than 20 % of employees in an organisation to avoid escalating subscription costs. …

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