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Survey Shows Workers Taking Fewer Business Trips Than Five Years Ago

Robert Half Management Resources, a provider of temporary senior-level accounting and finance professionals, reports that the bleary-eyed business traveler is becoming a less frequent sight in airports and hotels across the country. Nearly half (48%) of employees polled said they travel for work less frequently compared to five years ago.

The study shows that many firms are capitalizing on less-costly communication channels, such as webcasts and video conferences to facilitate project management and information sharing between remote parties.

Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources, cautioned that while virtual interaction might save time and money, it often cannot replace the value of a handshake.

“Meeting with clients or vendors in person, even if it requires occasional travel, strengthens business relationships by encouraging open dialogue on critical issues,” he stressed. “Face-to-face discussions allow for more direct communication, enable participants to pick up on each other’s nonverbal cues, and reduce the potential for misunderstandings.”