per cent of Canadians surveyed claimed spending time with col-leagues
and clients to strengthen professional relationship was a
priority and over one-third said business travel would help provide
inspiration for their work.
“Bleisure” travel a top priority for Canadian professionals
It’s no surprise that mixing leisure with business travel remains top
of mind among Canadians, with nearly half considering it a work
perk. In fact, the vast majority of Canadian working professionals
(95 per cent) said they would extend their business by three days
or less and 48 per cent plan to incorporate leisure time into their
When the opportunity to combine business and leisure travel on
the same trip is presented, over half of Canadian working profes-sionals
say experiencing new cultures and destinations adds value
to their job. Not surprisingly, over half agree that adding leisure
to a work trip makes them more successful in business meetings.
“Experiencing different cultures and destinations and gaining
new perspectives through travel is becoming increasingly impor-tant
to professional success, particularly in today's hyper-connected
and globalized business world,” said Ripsy Bandourian, senior di-rector
of product development at Booking.com for Business.
CANADIAN WORKERS SPEND EIGHT HOURS
EVERY WEEK BEING BORED
If you've ever had a case of the “blahs” at work, you're not alone.
According to a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, Canadian
professionals admit they're bored in the office an average of eight hours
per week. That's a full day a week, or the equivalent of 52 days a year!
Senior managers interviewed acknowledged the doldrums do exist but
estimated their staff is likely disinterested about seven hours each week.
And this is nothing to snooze at: Nearly two in five employees
(39 per cent) said it’s likely they’d quit their job if they felt bored
“Quiet periods at work present opportunities for employ-ees
to expand their skills and grow professionally,” said Koula
Vasilopoulos, a district president for OfficeTeam. “During down-times
or in between projects, individuals can speak to their boss
about ways to contribute to other teams, take on new responsibili-ties
or explore innovative business ideas. Managers should keep an
eye on assignment timelines and individual goals to ensure they're
offering experiences that are challenging and engaging.” n
ENTHUSIASM SAY MORE
ABOUT A PERSON’S
THAN TENURE OR YEARS
– KOULA VASILOPOULOS
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