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Why You Should Be Swopping Your Lunch Meetings For Spinning Class

Sweatworking sounds odd or at least gross, I know. But it’s born out of the current, global fitness craze and as far as weird corporate trends go, this one sounds like it’s working.

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Sweatworking sounds odd or at least gross, I know. But it’s born out of the current, global fitness craze and as far as weird corporate trends go, this one sounds like it’s working.

Let me explain: Everybody is on the fitness train. There’s a deluge of information out there about how physically exerting yourself improves not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental state of mind, to make everyone want to sign up at their closest gym.

However, a very common excuse for not working out is because people don’t have time. Of course, the answer is that you simply must make time. But between work and family responsibility many people find this difficult to do. But now you can rest assured that your physical health will be looked after during your working day because of sweatworking.

Keeping fit is now a thing professionals do and love

This fitness craze has spilled over into the work environment. With the past couple of years seeing many companies making an effort by offering healthier work environment options it’s no wonder that actual exercise activities have made it into the workplace. And, sweatworking is basically networking while building up a sweat.

Related: 7 Reasons Not To Let Work Eat Into Your Lunch Break

Networking, at the best of times, is not everybody’s cup of tea

Not everyone enjoys heading out to socialise and talk business with strangers no matter how important it is. However, if you’re engaged in an activity while talking business it tends to become easier to connect and there’s less pressure to form an immediate bond.

This might be why many head out to the golf course to seal a major deal?

Sweatworking is bringing people together

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This sweatworking trend generally sees a group of likeminded professionals taking part in activities such as yoga, spinning, barre classes or functional fitness training. Throughout the activity, they’re able to casually introduce themselves and enjoy some active fun together.

Related: 7 Things To Do During Your Lunch Break (Infographic)

If the sweatworking event is being hosted in-house for the employees of a specific company then this could turn into a real bonding session. And, imagine doing a spinning session while being presented the latest company financials and stats. I know I would certainly remain more awake.

In fact, sweatworking has become the new way of doing any type of meeting – client meet and greets, brainstorming sessions, deal closing gatherings and staff meetings.

It’s a no-brainer that sweatworking is really popular among those who’ve tried it

Sweatworking is going mainstream. Which is not surprising considering there’s a direct link between physical exercise and optimal brain function. In fact, it’s said that if you exercise regularly you can begin to think faster and concentrate longer.

Sweatworking hasn’t quite hit the South African business place yet but we’re a pretty active nation. So we might soon see companies taking a similar approach to how they conduct their meetings.

Already, some South African companies offer gym memberships as part of their employee benefits or even have a gym room on their premises.

There might be moans and groans to begin with

Let’s face it, while this idea might not tickle everyone’s fancy immediately, most will come around to the idea of it. It gets you out of the office, into some fresh air and gets the blood moving. And, of course, it helps with the networking aspect of business which is crucial.

Related: Surprising Things 5 Entrepreneurs Do in Their Lunch Breaks

Both business owners and employees could do with more networking. Next time you want to talk business forget a fancy restaurant and rather grab your mountain bikes and hit a short, easy trail. After all, no pain, no gain.

Megan only discovered her love for writing at the age of 28. Before that she spent her time in the theatre world and then in the magazine industry, where she realised the sweet reward that writing can deliver. After building up her portfolio Megan ventured into the digital realm to try her hand at the online game. Now she is the editor of The Cradle, an African entrepreneurial website that advises entrepreneurs and small business owners across the continent.

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Travel At The Touch Of A Button

The revolutionary Travelit app has been developed for the global marketplace to meet your business travel needs.

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Travelit has launched an easy-to-use mobile app that simplifies the trip approval process, provides a full trip itinerary and assists in management of travel expenses.

“The app is designed in South Africa, for the African and global marketplace,” says Wayne Muirhead Chief Sales Officer at Travelit. “We have developed the app locally with our own developers, and opted not to use a white labelling solution.”

The app interface enables the requirements of travellers, approvers, users, as well as finance and procurement role players to be met so each trip is seamlessly planned and executed.

Stress-free financial administration

“Expense management is an integral part of the complete travel cost; businesses want to understand their complete travel bill,” says Wayne. This is why the app incorporates features that facilitate:

  • Capturing of photographs of receipts real-time
  • Immediate allocation of expenses to the correct description
  • Uploading expenses for workflow approval
  • Attachment of an expense to a travel trip, or generating a non-travel related expense.

Simplified trip approval process

In addition, approvers’ features enable simple visibility into the trip’s cost and details:

  • Approval of booking requests
  • Trip confirmation once trip has been successfully approved
  • Managing alerts — approval notifications, pre-trip notification as well as travel notifications
  • Out of office activation for approvers.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

Trip management made easy

With Travelit’s new app, travellers have the ability to update, create new profiles directly from their phones and update and store all their information, including:

  • Updating of profile details
  • Personal information
  • Visas, passports, meal types, seating preferences
  • Loyalty programmes.

As a traveller, when you are travelling, you require information, updates and access to your travel documentation in real time. The Trip Manager function provides you with this through the following functions:

  • View current, pending and past trips
  • Trip itinerary information
  • View trips that are awaiting approval
  • View supplier vouchers
  • Locate properties via the Map option
  • Boarding passes are available
  • Real-time alerts to travellers.

Related: Save Up To 25% On Your Travel Costs

Happy travels

“We have done a soft launch with the app and offered it to strategic users and clients within our ecosystem,” says Wayne. These corporates have enjoyed the functions within the app, such as:

  • Real time information for the traveller (itineraries, vouchers, boarding passes)
  • Approval notifications and the approval capability
  • Notifications
  • Contact information for the consultants after-hours, and assistance
  • Access to the traveller profile to ensure their data is updated and correct
  • Check-in to the airline.

The Travelit app is available in the Google Play Store and iOS Store. Travelit will make monthly app releases by offering users ongoing functionality and features.

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Access To The Best In Travel Excellence

As a global company, business travel plays an important part in Hatch’s successful operation. Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager at Hatch, explains how switching to Travelit changed the way they travelled forever — for the better.

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Multinational engineering consultancy, Hatch requires a travel partner that provides easy access to its regional and international offices for meetings, conferences and client engagements. This is why Hatch chose Travelit, and has since experienced reliable and consistently superior service, says Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager.

“Travelit allows us to have the flexibility in terms of work sharing with global offices and makes it possible for us to attend to our client requirements in a professional and efficient manner.”

Here’s how partnering with Travelit has helped Hatch soar as a market leader.

What have Hatch’s biggest business travel challenges 
been to date?

Our biggest challenge has been to provide our travellers with an easy booking solution that gives them the best options available at a glance, in line with our travel policy for their travel arrangements, without taking up valuable time when booking their travel. In addition, managing cost against convenience and ease of travel is an ongoing challenge.

Why did you start using Travelit?

We were in the market for an online booking solution. Travelit made an impressive proposal by building the system around our specific needs and requirements. They incorporated our travel policy guidelines, while offering us an easy-to-use booking system which decreased our monthly expenditure. The platform also allows us to manage our travel more effectively.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

How has Travelit made doing business easier?

We have seen a big change in travel behaviour and travellers are more aware of unnecessary costs that can be avoided when booking travel. Travel booking time (once travel bookers became used to the system) has also decreased, which allows travel bookers to utilise the extra time 
more efficiently.

What benefits have you experienced as a Travelit client?

We have seen a big decrease in our missed savings, which means that our travellers are booking in line with our travel policy by utilising the parameters that have been set up in Travelit. Our contracts with certain suppliers are also maintained on the Travelit platform, which allows us to utilise the lowest rate to keep in line with our travel policy. The ease of booking online at any time when travel is required is an additional benefit. We have reduced our paperwork by being online, and uploading data into our accounting system has made the process simple and efficient.

Why would you recommend Travelit to other businesses?

Travelit is efficient in terms of booking travel, cost-effective and allows for flexibility where required.

What makes Travelit the best in the market?

  • Multi-leg international routings
  • Travel behaviour reports
  • Alternative solution to bill-backs
  • Tracked booking patterns
  • Accommodation feedback solution
  • Comprehensive fare calculator.

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Beyond Business Class

RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety – and it has one of the youngest fleets on the African continent.

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RwandAir has just celebrated yet another big milestone as the airline continues to expand its network. “Our aim is to provide to our customers seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond. Abuja and Cape Town come in as a boost to the different economies in terms of tourism and trade on one hand and enhance bilateral partnership between our countries on the other,” beams Chance Ndagano, previous CEO of RwandAir.

RwandAir, an IATA member, recently renewed its IOSA certification and has been ISAGO and EASA certified. With a fleet of twelve aircraft, including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to 26 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Related: ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Reveal Top 5 Tips To Make Your Business Famous

Rapid African advancement

Launched in December 2002 as RwandAir Express, RwandAir is among the continent’s the fastest-growing airlines, despite its recent entry into the market. Since its first flight took off, RwandAir has boasted unsurpassed, safe and reliable service, operating from the city of Kigali.

The Rwandan airline aims to connect Rwanda with the world and vice versa. This goal is being achieved through its network that currently covers a number of cities throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. RwandAir’s most popular flight routes include flights from Johannesburg to Dubai, London and Mumbai.

A year of successes

Recently, RwandAir started flights from Kigali to Mumbai, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar from its new hub in Cotonou. The airline also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its Cotonou hub. In May 2017 the airline started flying direct from Cape Town to Harare.

This year the airline will be introducing new routes to Addis, Tel Aviv, China and New York.

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