Up in the air...no more?
February 19, 2010 8:59 AM Subscribe
Seeing Up in the Air makes me wonder - Is technology like Cisco WebEx, Skype, broadband connections, etc. causing your company and/or companies you know of to reduce the need for business travel?
posted by Rosie M. Banks to work & money (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Up in the Air's plot centers around business travel, and whether technology such as telepresence, Skype, email, and so on will eliminate or at least reduce the need for it.
I have a friend who works at a certain big-name company, and she told me that her company is using technology to cut way back on business travel for all except the sales associates. This is both for cost-saving and carbon footprint reasons.
My stake in this is for a couple of reasons - one, I am transitioning to a field with the downside, in many cases, of frequent travel (liking my field in general, I was pretty much in denial about this) and two, I don't really like business travel - IME, it's more a tedious slog than a sweet vacation in most cases, and I hate to fly. So I would jump for joy if I didn't have to travel very often for business.
So what is your experience? Is your company and/or companies you know of cutting back on travel? Or do clients still want to see your smiling face and press your warm flesh in person most of the time?