July 12, 2005

Half of US workers take fewer business trips -poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly one-half of U.S. workers are
traveling less frequently for business than they did five years
ago, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

Of 1,000 employees polled, 48 percent said they travel for
work less often compared to 2000, according to the survey by
Robert Half Management Resources, a unit of Robert Half
International Inc.

Coping with an economic slowdown in the last few years,
corporations trimmed travel allowances. And as the economy has
improved, companies have closely monitored expenses, said Paul
McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management

Also, the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which is intended to improve
accountability at public companies, has spurred many companies
to issue stricter travel guidelines.

Nonetheless, 36 percent of employees polled travel more
frequently for business, while the remaining 16 percent saw no
change in the level of business travel, according to the

Corporate travel spending has mostly recovered to pre-Sept.
11 levels, according to the National Business Travel
Association, a trade group for corporate travel managers.

But car rental rates are higher, and the price of hotel
rooms has gone up, which means the cost of travel may be
increasing, rather than the number of people traveling,
according to the NBTA.

Corporations are also more likely to use conference calls,
videoconferencing or Webcasts to keep workers close to home,
McDonald said.