Top Tips for Successful Luxury Coach Business Trips

It’s not unusual to find a company that has hired a coach to take its employees to a seminar, conference or simple social event but who have subsequently been disappointed with the results.

Here we’ll examine some of the common causes and their solutions.

Poor turnout / response to invitation

This is a commonly expressed frustration in many organising departments.

Ignoring mechanical causes (such as poor communication of the “we weren’t told” variety or insufficient notice) this is often attributable to:

  • low morale in the company;
  • a lack of interest in the event concerned;
  • conflicting priorities (your event has been scheduled at a time which clashes with other things).

There is no easy answer to this and simply making attendance mandatory isn’t likely to be the answer. You may need to analyse the causes in more detail.

Dissatisfaction with the quality of transport

In the 21st century, professional people expect corporate transport to be modern and comfortable.

If an “old banger” of a coach arrives at the outset, then already your session is in trouble due to creating the wrong impression.

Be prepared to spend a little money here to get a comfortable limo bus.

Impacting personal lives

Today, most people expect and demand a professional / personal life balance.

So, anticipate dissatisfaction and disgruntled attendees if they’ve had to get up at 4am to make your planned departure time and/or they won’t be getting back home until the early hours of the morning.

A luxury coach might help alleviate some of this through comfort during the journey but it won’t, in itself, be the solution.

Impacting professional lives

On a similar theme to the above, asking people to get back very late to their homes, while expecting them to be back in the office at 8am and firing on all cylinders, is likely to be a recipe for ill-feeling.

Provide or arrange for refreshments

If people have been asked to get up unusually early and been on a coach for some time, then it’s really good psychology to provide (or stop for) some refreshments.

A little caffeine and a calories boost can ensure people arrive at the destination eager to get started rather than tired, jaded and looking for reasons to complain.

Railroading

Ideally, your corporate event should be so desirable by its very nature that your colleagues should be fighting for the chance to participate.

Only use “attendance is mandatory” approaches as an absolute last resort, as touched on earlier.

If you see a lack of interest and voluntary participation, something is wrong and a re-think is required. People typically don’t respond well to being forced to attend company events.

Relate to the wider world

Remember that a corporate event will be seen by many against a much broader backdrop of the wider business world you share with your colleagues.

So, expect a very negative reception for (e.g.) a company team-building exercise held at an expensive external venue, if just a few days before the company has announced major ancillary benefits cuts for employees due to the prevailing economic circumstances.

Stay Healthy While Traveling On Business Trips

While the major threat of flu season has passed, there are still many travelers who may have a simple cold or the sniffles. To help you travel safely, without the need for a Hazmat suit, I have put together some simple ways in which you can make your meeting without carrying multiple types of germs with you. After all, who wants to sit through a PowerPoint presentation when they’re not feeling well. Below you will find some tips that will help keep you cold free.

  • Wash Your Hands – Before and after you board your plane, it is important that you wash your hands a minimum of five times. You should also shower as soon as possible after you land to remove any dirt and bacteria you may have picked up along the way.
  • Disinfect – While you’re on the plane, you should disinfect the area that you will be occupying for the duration of the flight. This includes your arm rest, overhead bins, tray tables, and window shade if you have a seat by the window. These are all areas that are not thoroughly cleaned during quick turns, in which the plane arrives and leaves again shortly. To ensure that your area is as clean as possible, you may want to carry anti-bacterial wipes and wipe down the area surrounding your seat. Keep in mind that the most common way people get sick on airplanes is by touching something.
  • Food And Beverages – Consuming food and beverages on a plane is one of the major ways in which airborne illnesses are spread. Experts recommend that you avoid in-flight beverages, but if you are in need of something to drink, you should bring your own. However, if you simply can’t wait until you land, and you do purchase a drink or food item, you should cover them using a clean napkin to prevent airborne germs from infesting them.
  • Storage Pockets – This is another area that is rarely disinfected and should be used with great care. You should not place any type of food or personal item in the storage pockets on the back of the seats. This is an area where bacteria can easily accumulate and then be transferred to your food or cell phone. If you have to put anything away, you should place them in your carry-on bag.

While there is no proven way to avoid all germs, unless you want to live in a plastic bubble; these tips will help you remain as healthy as possible while traveling. No matter how clean any airline or airport claims to be, every time you enter one you are likely going to be exposed to germs and bacteria.