Road warriors' top worry: Missing e-mail

Top five business traveler concerns are revealed in BT survey. Other worries include dying cell phone batteries and IT breakdowns.

Missing vital e-mails while on the road has topped a list of worries for business travelers.

Two-thirds of respondents to a recent survey mentioned missing e-mail as a fear. Other nightmares for traveling executives include traffic problems, drained mobile phone batteries, IT breakdowns and even finding a stain on their tie when meeting clients.

More than half of the 511 workers surveyed by the U.K.'s BT Openzone said the amount of time they need to spend out of the office has increased over the past two years.

And when asked what their greatest concern would be when out of contact with the office, 42 percent said it would be that they wouldn't be able to carry on working while on the move.

IT managers are also worried about being shown up in their absence. According to the research, 13 percent of IT managers (compared with the average of 2 percent) said they would be concerned that a colleague might shine in their place, if they were unable to work remotely.

What can be done to make business travel more bearable? Read the top business travel tips from staff and frequent fliers.

Steve Ranger of reported from London.

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