Most companies are au fait with the idea that December is not the most productive time of the year for staff, therefore it's generally the best time to arrange a rewarding incentive trip or party (usually in the form of a Christmas getaway) for employees.
So, you’re the high-flying international jetsetter.
Picture this: It's Monday morning. There are 94 emails in your inbox. You have four meetings scheduled before 2pm, a conference call, board report notes to prep and the unenviable task of booking flights and hotels, within a tight budget, for three C-level executives for an international conference before close of day.
You might just about drown in your coffee cup.
One of the recurring issues with business travellers is keeping tabs on spending and ensuring everybody adheres to your company’s travel policy. Nobody wants to be heavy handed in dishing out reprisals for out of policy bookings. So what’s the alternative?
Bleisure—business and leisure—might be the buzzword of the moment, but travelling for work isn’t always easy.
Travelling for work can have quite a few perks, but it also presents its own set of challenges. Top of the list: staying productive while in transit. Life doesn’t stop while you’re away from your desk and the best way to keep up is to make time on the road. All too often, business travellers mentally check out as soon as they check in at the airport. But instead of writing off the pre-boarding process as a black hole for productivity, make the most of that free time and check a few things off your to-do list. Here’s how.
We’ve all had that sinking feeling when a hotel we were looking at suddenly shoots up in price just as we decide to take the plunge and book it. But if you’re booking accommodation for hundreds or even thousands of business trips every year in your company, that’s more than an annoyance – it’s a very expensive problem.
Frequent flyer rewards packages have become a major staple of the aviation industry and an important method for airlines to encourage loyalty in the customer. As well as discounted flights and seat upgrades, the fashion for additional perks and incentives has led to increased competition between these rewards programmes to offer the greatest benefits.
Economies of scale state the more you buy of something, the more you save on each individual unit. The same principle can be applied when block booking hotel rooms, particularly when those numbers run to hundreds, even thousands, annually.
Cork seems an unlikely location for proxy battle over budget airline flights and fares.
However when Norwegian Air and WOW Air announced plans to fly from Cork to Boston within weeks of each other that’s how it appeared - at least to the casual observer. While historically the city has been a safe harbour for ships it’s looking pretty alluring to the aviation industry.