"Business travelers are feeling more pressed today compared with a year ago. They are facing greater demands from all sides as they are seeking to balance their work and personal lives, according to the survey," says Michael Murphy, SVP of Cambria Suites. "In this environment, productivity away from the office is very important. Our findings also revealed that if business travelers focus not just on their work productivity while traveling, but also on their personal productivity, they can make inroads to achieve a better work-life balance, which is an important goal for nine out of 10 road warriors (87%)."
Technology Critical to Balance Top Personal Challenges on the Road
The Cambria Suites survey found that spending time with loved ones (62 percent) and missing important events and milestones in their personal lives (42 percent) are two of the top five challenges cited by business travelers while on the road. Others include: eating healthy and on a regular schedule (68 percent), getting proper sleep (62 percent), and exercising regularly (60 percent). Caring for pets at home (24 percent) is also a concern for some business travelers.
According to the survey, technology is a top tool for business travelers to balance personal and professional needs; nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of business travelers cite technology as critical in achieving greater overall work-life productivity. While technology has made business travel more efficient and productive for nearly eight of 10 travelers (78 percent), it is equally significant in helping them stay connected with loved ones on business trips (81 percent).Right Hotel has More Impact on Staying Productive than Flight or Rental Car The survey also revealed the importance hotels play in achieving balance and productivity when traveling. More than half of road warriors (56 percent) say that the hotel component has a greater impact on their ability to work productively than other trip components, such as their flight or rental car. Comfortable beds and bedding (65 percent), closely followed by free Wi-Fi (62 percent) are cited as most important when it comes to hotel services and amenities. Friendly, helpful staff (39 percent), free parking (30 percent) and a spacious, well-appointed hotel guestroom (26 percent) complete the top five must-have hotel services for business travelers.