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Business rail travel: All you need to know

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Working and doing business on the train

Are you finding yourself working increasingly longer hours? Worried about how your work life is bleeding into your home life? Need to stay in reachable at all times? We hear you.

Chris Stevenson, marketing manager at divorce solicitors firm Russell Jones & Walker, is a fan of doing his work while on the train instead of taking the car. This week, he argues the case for business travel. If you’d like to find out how you can squeeze more hours into your busy day, keep reading…

Since the onset of the global economic downturn, many professionals have seen their workloads increase.

The majority of companies have had little choice but to make changes to the way they operate due to the financial constraints they are under, as revenues have typically gone down while the cost of running a business continues to rise.

Wage freezes or cuts and redundancies have become more and more common across the UK over the course of the last few years, as firms look to become more frugal and readjust to the new business environment.

A large proportion of the employees who have been able to hold onto their jobs have therefore been put under higher levels of pressure as their employer seeks to do more with less, meaning a lot of people have seen the amount of work they have to get through every week go up.

With this in mind, it’s fair to say that every second counts for professionals who face a mountain of tasks to handle on an average day.

In the past, travelling to meetings was dead time for workers, as operating on the move was not really a viable option.

However, that is no longer the case. Business rail travel is now one of the best options for professionals in all sectors and provides people with an ideal opportunity to make some last minute additions to that vital presentation or check their emails while they are en route to meetings.

Advantages of business rail travel?

Everyone knows that devices such as tablets and smartphones have made it very easy for people to stay in touch with goings on at the office.

And, being as many trains now have Wi-Fi services, what better place is there to work for solicitors and other professionals?

Busy offices can sometimes be detrimental to productivity, as lots of noise and the general hustle and bustle of many people typing away is distracting for even the most focused of professionals.

Therefore, travelling in the relaxing, calm and quiet environment of a train is not only likely to result in an employee seeing their stress levels fall away, but could also act as a catalyst to their output.

Travelling to meetings by train is also much more convenient than driving, as you can usually get off right at the heart of the city you are visiting – meaning there is none of the stress that comes with trying to find a parking space in busy and unfamiliar surroundings.

Also, who wants a long drive home in rush hour after that important meeting? Surely the prospect of sitting back and relaxing with a bite to eat and a drink is much more appealing?

Additionally, in the vast majority of cases, train journeys are quicker than long treks in a car. After all, there is no such thing as a traffic jam on the railway.

In summary, business train travel is quicker, easier and very often cheaper than other methods of transport. So, what’s the point in even considering any of the alternatives?

This article was written by Chris Stevenson, a marketing manager for divorce solicitors Russell Jones & Walker.

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