New Research Sheds Light on the Physical Effects of Business Travel

New research out demonstrates the toll international business travel has on busy executives. The research, produced by AirPlus International (global corporate card provider), in partnership with Business Travel Market (13-14 June), demonstrated that, frequent travel executives can suffer from decreases in mental capacity, increased stress levels and decreased productivity.

When monitoring executives travelling with non-travelling, the research also showed the average daily recovery percentage in the non-travelling group was 26% compared to only 14% in the travelling group and the quality of recovery with the travelling group scoring -35 on average compared to +81 in the non- travelling group. The consequences of this state massively effected business performance through:

  •  A reduction of mental capacity
  •  Diminished communication skills
  •  Lower levels of concentration
  •  Decreased engagement
  •  Reduced levels of tolerance
  •  Increased risk of ill health

The research uses a device called the Bodyguard
“It’s no surprise that travel can have an effect on our productivity and levels of concentration, however the tough economic conditions of the last few years may have lead organisation’s to put additional pressure on their staff in the interests of cost cutting,” commented Yael Klein, Managing Director, AirPlus International. “By reviewing travel policies, organisations can increase the productivity of their staff, allowing them to arrive at meetings fresh and motivated.”, specifically designed to monitor heart rate variations. The technology compared travellers and non-travellers over a 72-hour period.

“Business travel is often represented as a luxury and the personal toll on executives is often looked over,” comments Paul Robin, Event Director, Business Travel Market.“Often business people travel alone, away from their families, they go from hotel room to airport without enjoying the destinations they are in. Their itineraries are usually very congested, leaving little time for recovery. Organisations need to manage their travel spend to better look after their staff and increase their productivity.”