E-Poll Results: Is Travel Taking Its Toll?

Since travel is such a critical piece of the entrepreneurial puzzle, it was disheartening to see that so many readers think being away from the office hampers them as managers. While on the road, many long for the spontaneous interaction that occurs in the office and worry about what they're not getting done.

How much time do you spend on the road each year?

One week or less: 10%
One month to three months: 32%
One week to one month: 24%
More than three months: 34%

Do you feel that excessive travel has affected your ability to manage?

Yes: 40%
No: 60%

What suffers most when you're on the road?

Personal productivity: 30%
Ability to keep your finger on the company's pulse: 24%
Oversight of day-to-day activities: 28%
Relationships with employees: 15%
Ability to set company culture: 3%

While traveling, how often do you check in with the office?

Hardly ever: 11%
Once a day: 35%
One to five times a day: 48%
More than five times a day: 6%

What do you miss most when you're on the road?

Access to technological or other resources: 25%
Casual conversations about the business: 20%
Face-to-face staff meetings: 10%
Ad hoc brainstorming sessions: 10%
Casual conversations about nonbusiness topics: 6%
Other: 29%