There’s no denying it – it’s definitely been a strange time for business and
business travel.Businesses all across the globe have had to quickly adapt to changing times, with many realizing just how adaptable their workforces are to remote working.Now, thanks to international vaccine rollouts, we’re getting ‘back to business’. But what does that look like? How do workers across the US feel about getting back to the office?We surveyed 1,000 US workers to find out just that. What are the attitudes towards the office? Is the face-to-face meeting dead (spoiler, it isn’t!)? And how are workers feeling about the prospect of business travel in the ‘new normal’? Read on to find out.
Food came top of the list, with 83% saying they’d be happy to expense a meal in a restaurant. 81% said they’d be comfortable expensing travel for work, meaning 19% don’t feel comfortable asking for travel costs from their employer – a pretty high figure, in our opinion!Three-quarters (74%) of people said they’d be comfortable expensing takeout food, with a further 68% saying they’d ask for money back for a cup of coffee. While people seem comfortable expensing food, this number drops when looking at room service – only 57% would feel comfortable expensing something they’d ordered to their room.Alcohol is at the bottom of the list when looking at what people expense. 38% said they’d expense alcohol with a meal, with just a quarter (26%) saying they’d feel comfortable expensing alcohol on its own. Gender came into play here, with men twice as likely than women (16% vs 8%) to expense alcohol without a meal. There was a generational divide too, with 36% of both millennials and Gen Z (16–34-year-olds) saying they’d be happy to expense alcohol compared to only 9% of over 55s.
Looking at industries, we saw that HR are the biggest party animals. 56% of those working in HR want a night out when they travel to a new city for business. Architects are also those most likely to be looking for love, with 18% saying they like to arrange a date with someone new when traveling for work.As the world returns to ‘normal’, we can see that both office working and business travel are making a return – and that their return is welcomed by most workers! From cutting out imposter syndrome and burnout to experiencing the perks of traveling and seeing new destinations, there’s much to be said for in-person experiences. While hybrid working and digital communications offer a degree of convenience, it is clear face-to-face remains the future of business.