In an increasingly digital world where we can connect to anyone we want, anywhere in the world, any time we want - why do people still travel for business? We have digital tools for everything these days. We can run a meeting on Zoom, play a team-building game with our colleagues on Kahoot, brainstorm together using Miro, plan a project on Asana, and edit the same document at the same time on Google Docs... So, what’s the point?
In a nutshell, human interaction in real life.
The global pandemic brought to light that working models needed to evolve with the times. People realized that they want more flexibility and aren’t afraid to ask for it - just look at the
response Apple employees had to their return-to-office orders. With
70% of global companies opting to go hybridand give their employees the best of both worlds, it’s clear that the way we do business is changing.
- 90% of job seekerssee hybrid work as a key factor in their decision-making
- 60% of our own TravelPerk employees want to return to the office at least once a week, citing the lack of social interaction and a sense of disconnect from our company culture as their main pain points when working remotely.
- 79% of knowledge workersare looking forward to getting back to in-person meetings and events for the opportunity to meet other colleagues and build meaningful relationships in real life
Only now, it’s going to be a little different. Historically when we’ve thought of domestic or international business travel, the image of people in suits with briefcases jetting through airports popped to mind. People mostly traveled to close deals, make sales, solidify partnerships, and build business relationships with clients... And while all of that will still remain in play, a new dimension of business travel is now on the rise.
As teams become increasingly distributed, business travel will become a key necessity for bringing colleagues and teams together to meet in person. With team members living in different parts of the world, or moving out of cities to more rural settings, bringing them together for purpose-driven experiences will be a staple of the future of work.
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