Most corporate executives will agree that when it comes to traveling on a business trip, managing time isnâ€™t easy. Most executives try to pack in as much work and meetings as they can in a few days and hence time management becomes a key to a successful working trip.
There should be certain thumb rules when it comes to a business place. Especially if itâ€™s a new place one is traveling to, then time management is of utmost importance.
One of the common mistakes people make is going for a business trip without a schedule. One must carry a planner to keep track of all his/her events on the trip. This will help to organize meetings and spare some time for the business manager traveling.
Keep a track sheet off all the conferences or meetings that one has to attend, so that he will make use of the available time constructively.
Also, carrying a map of the new country or town that the corporative executive is visiting will keep him/her from getting lost and will ensure that they are never late for the meetings.
No matter how short are the trips the traveling executive must always carry a mobile phone with roaming activated. Buying a local SIM card and distributing the number to important people will make sure that he is always kept updated and if thereâ€™s any change of plans in the schedule, he will be made aware of it.
Scheduling meetings at breakfast, lunch or supper, saves a lot of time. Most corporate managers swear by it. If a business manager have to attend around 15 meetings in three days, then scheduling them at meals will save a lot of time. Another advantage to this practice is that one will never have to eat alone in a strange place.
The last thing a business manager wants to do is doze off at an important meeting. Make sure to avoid a late night the day before one is going to travel. Try and book an early evening flight so that he is alert the next day.
Also, doing some basic exercises or meditation or yoga can keep a business managerâ€™s mind balanced and relieve stress. Keep an MP3 player or a Discman with, a book will base also do. These things will help a business manager de-stress and relax, even in a tight schedule.
If a business manager does not have enough time to catch up with friends or do some souvenir shopping, he can do it at the airport.
The lounge can be a good meeting place for a coffee and no one needs to list out the advantages of duty-free shopping.
While we have highlighted time management techniques for a traveling manager, there are certain actions or duties he has to perform at his head quarters that is the training aspects.
One of the unexpected reasons behind employee turn over is lack of proper training. Many surveys and business publications claim it is lack of training. The desire to learn is a significant factor in the attraction and retention of top employees. Keeping this in mind many companies allocate considerable resources in providing on going training that builds and extends professional, technical and management skills in all areas.
Companies across the world are coming up with unique ways to reach out to the specific needs of their employees. An $80 million medical services and transport company has today started an empathy training program and developed an eight hour experimental training program to sensitize its 1,100 employees to the physical and emotional needs of patients.
In India, however, companies are a little more straight-laced when it comes to their training programs. Global companies like Accenture are filled with talented people who want to keep learning and develop their careers. It is especially imperative for those companies which employ diverse groups of people from different backgrounds with a vast range of skills and experience, to build a strong workforce by attracting and retaining the best talent.
It is also necessary to understand that many companies utilize multiple work forces to ensure that clients have access to the right skills and expertise.
In fact, with a view to empowering each of their 158,000 employees worldwide in their continuous learning quest, Accenture uses an internet based tools called â€˜my learning.â€™ Through this, employees are provided access to vast learning resources.
To address the Human capital management needs of the growing information technology and business process outsourcing industries, many universities are joining hands with organizations. XLRI had also launched the Accenture XLRI HR Academy, to provide recent graduates seeking careers in HR with specialized skills geared for these industries.
The trainees will be part of a unique work-study opportunity, which allows them to be employed with the company and attend courses developed jointly by the two organizations. The program comprises 15 learning modules covering a variety of HR related topics, including training and development, career or performance management, rewards and compensation, organizational behavior, as well as the financial and legal aspects of HR. trainees who complete the program will receive the Accenture and XLRI certification in Human capital management. Organizations need to ensure employees have multiple opportunities to develop their skills and meet the requirements of the industry. Learning is a necessity to be able to serve our clients who are from the rapidly changing industries.
Training and professional opportunities, a dynamic working environment and innovative work are the discriminators that make any organization a great place to develop a career. For global companies it is most important to design innovative trademark training tools which are on par with the best courses on offer in the academic world.
There is no room or opportunity for stagnation or employee boredom when companies take that extra step to ensure that they provide their workforce with an evolving and intellectually challenging work atmosphere. —