Airline Woes Could Damage Business
Well, for a few reasons. When companies lose money, they start cutting corners. Some of these “corners” include: manpower, more crowded seating, fewer in flight services, superficial maintenance (uh oh!!), flight delays (now averaging 56+ minutes), flight cancellations, and fewer planes in the air.
The airlines are not only trying to save money. As with any business, they are trying to increase sales in a declining market. Overbooking is one of their methods for boosting their revenues. Federal law allows airlines to sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane, assuming that there will be cancellations and changes in personal routes. As a result, airlines are refusing boarding to a growing number of ticketed passengers. One tip here: cash in the cancellation vouchers immediately!
So, what’s the alternative?
Stay in your office and conduct business with your clients and partners in a perfectly acceptable environment of low-cost, high-quality video conferencing. The advantages far outweigh all the problems that you could face when traveling:
- Travel can take hours in both directions and once the meeting is over, then what? How much time is wasted this way? With video conferencing, no wasted time traveling, and when the meeting is over, you’re back to work right away.
- Focus. With less time on the road or in the air, you can focus on the immediacy of your business. You’ll be less weary, with greater strength to focus on the meeting at hand.
- Budget. Airline ticket prices are all over the place. The closer your flight is to the time you order tickets, the more expensive the tickets will be. Saving the fees from not taking a few flights would most likely cover the full costs of an Efrat Networks video conferencing system. The payback is very quick.
- Outside of the handshake at the beginning and end of a meeting, video conferencing gives you the same look and feel.
- Health. The pandemic effects of H1N1 are expected to get worse this winter. Airplane ventilation systems have been known to act as “petri dishes” for culturing and proliferating viruses. Why expose yourself unnecessarily?
Call Efrat Networks today to keep you on the ground and help your business take off.
A few tips to keep you healthy throughout this winter (direct quote from Dr. Vinay Goyal,MBBS, DRM, DNB - Intensivist and Thyroid specialist):
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t under estimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at using a Neti pot, but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton swabs dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C. If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.