While business travel is still somewhat on the backburner as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to curb free movement, now is a good time to take a look at how productively you travel as a company. Do your employees have the support they need to make the most of the time they spend travelling for your business?
Here are a few important aspects you should be looking at to smooth the way for optimal ROI when it comes to corporate travel:
Whenever an employee takes to the road, or sky, to represent your company, they should be treated as an important asset. When budgets are tight, it can be tempting to try and keep costs lower by opting for economy-class seats and cheaper accommodation. However, when you think of your employee as a company resource, it actually makes more sense to ensure that they are comfortable while they travel.
After all, a well-rested employee is far more likely to bring their A-game throughout their journey. This is why we normally recommend that companies aim to reduce travel stress and boost employee productivity by investing in flights with minimal connections, priority seating and lounge access. It may read as “bells and whistles” on an expense account, but it provides the travelling employee with the opportunity to deliver their best work.
Similarly, reducing risk for your travelling employees should also be seen as a priority - especially against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take care to book flights with airlines and accommodation with venues that are upfront and transparent about their adherence to COVID-19 regulations. This leaves your employee free to concentrate on work rather than worrying about exposure risks.
When your employees’ meetings and travel arrangements are organised holistically to ensure that they maximise their time away, your company saves and your employees’ time is put to the best use possible. As such, it’s important to take extra care when planning a journey of any length or duration.
Bearing these factors in mind when you take a look at your corporate travel policy will make it a lot easier to see how you can become more productive in this regard. Feeling a little out of your depth? No problem. Our team of seasoned travel planners are standing by to share their expertise. Feel free to contact us to find out more about the comprehensive array of corporate travel-planning services we offer at TravelManor.