Aside from missing their families and homes, South African business travellers reveal that they are very much attached to their home cooking.
The latest survey by Regus finds that home cooking (29%) is among the top three things South Africans miss when travelling for work, outranking home weather in their affections.
When travelling abroad for business, respondents globally reported that after family (68%) and their home (38%), they are most likely to be hit by a bout of nostalgia over home cooking (25%), rather than savouring the delights of a foreign cuisine.
One in five respondents (17%) also long to speak in their own language, highlighting that some home-comforts really are irreplaceable in making people feel they belong.
Other findings highlight that:
* In South Africa, respondents were more likely to miss their home (54%) than the global average of 38%;
* South Africans were also more likely to feel put-out by missing their local weather (18%) than average (8%);
* Globally, generation X and Baby Boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll;
* Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73%); and
* In South Africa almost a third of respondents (30%) are less willing than they were 10 years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.
Rona Sauer, area director for Cape Town or Port Elizabeth at Regus, says: “Face-to-face meetings have often been a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but workers also find that over the years their priorities change.
“New technologies that allow workers to hold video conferences are becoming more and more common and employees are rightly starting to demand that these be offered as an alternative to travel.
“Reducing unnecessary travel also helps the bottom line: it significantly reduces costs and carbon footprint. By introducing a greater degree of video conferencing, businesses can have their cake and eat it too: they can save money and the environment, as well as helping increase employee satisfaction and improve their work:life balance.”