Does your company spring for a business class seat when you travel for work? It turns out that if they want you to be effective on your work journeys, they actually should. As corporate travel planners with a strong focus on providing our clients with the best return on investment possible, here are our top reasons for suggesting that companies absorb the added expense of business class travel when their employees take to the skies for work:
When you make your way from one country to the next to do business with someone face to face instead of scheduling a Skype meeting, it stands to reason that it is a fairly important engagement. As such, it is to the benefit of the company at large if the person making the trip arrives at their destination refreshed and ready to make a good impression. If an employee will be traveling for an extended period of time, it makes sense to ensure that they have a comfortable space to rest and prepare for their meetings once they set foot to tarmac.
Aside from being less spacious than the seats in the Business Class portion of an airplane, the seats in Economy are also unpredictable in terms of traveling demographics. Business travelers often factor in their transit time as work time - it allows them to catch up on tasks that may otherwise fall by the wayside while they travel, or they could be planning to use the time to prepare a pitch or go over the finer points of an offer. Whatever the case may be, this can be difficult to do if you end up sitting next to a chatty holidaymaker or a family with young children.
Business class travel can be included in employee engagement packages. Traveling for work may seem glamorous on the surface, but when you get right down to it, it means time away from friends and family, as well as added stress in terms of jetlag, acclimatisation, etc. By providing employees with the option of traveling in comfort, forward-thinking companies make traveling for work more attractive, effectively turning it into an incentivising tool, rather than an unwanted assignment.
These are just a few of the reasons why investing in business class seats for traveling employees actually makes a lot more sense than you would initially imagine. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months to get more insider tips on making your corporate journeys work for you. In the meantime, contact our team of expert corporate travel planners if you would like to learn more about our services and how we can help you to tailor cost-effective work trips that tick all those must-have boxes.