The Joys of Travelling for Work
Just a general comment on our travel policy. I would love for the power that be to take a hard look at the criteria for booking business class when travelling internationally. I just travelled from Toronto to Sao Leopoldo Brazil (Labs LA) in economy as I do not qualify for business class right now. For me it took two days out of my life and upon arrival I had to take a power nap before waking up to get dinner and am about to hit the sack again. Sunday evening/dinner and basically all of monday wasted. I believe that I could have been productive if I had been able to get some decent sleep on the 10 1/2 hour flight, however being crammed into economy with no room to stretch out left me lacking any sort of decent shut eye.
I find that the Policy is biased terribly towards higher ups, and feel that anyone travelling more than 6 hours or overnight should be able to book Business Class. Right now although my flight is two segments of 10 1/2 hours (here and back) I would be unable to book business class as I do not ‘qualify’….qualification being
“…and the employee has already taken two round-trips within one calendar year where one segment of the round-trip travel (outbound or return flight) was longer than eight hours.”
In a regular year I might fly a few times to meet that criteria….when I look at the criteria for Leadership, their criteria is…
“…One segment of the round-trip travel (outbound or return flight) is longer than two hours.”
I usually do not rant very much, but it really seems unfair to me….especially in areas where an overnight flight is called for. 🙂 I do not begrudge Leadership their perks….but this seems a bit out of line.
and there you have the ramblings of an overtired IT person as he puts fingers to keyboard