Employee engagement is one of the biggest HR buzzwords of 2018, and it is poised to become even more important in 2019. The modern-day workspace is changing at a rapid clip, and the companies that manage to attract and retain top talent are those with agile engagement and communication strategies that underpin their corporate culture. Which brings us to travel.
At TravelManor, we have tailored our fair share of employee-incentive travel packages for trailblazing companies over the years. While there are various ways to structure internal incentive programmes, a travel component has the added benefit of enriching your employees and bolstering the collective skill set of your workforce. Here’s why:
Good communicators make for excellent employees. People who travel frequently often find themselves in situations where a language barrier or cultural gap necessitates personal finesse to smooth the way. Exposure to different cultures also provides employees with the ability to get along with individuals from all walks of life, which is imperative in a modern workforce that consists of countless ethnicities, nationalities, and even generations.
If you feel that your employees' creative thinking is somewhat stymied, it may be time to send them on a trip or two. A study conducted at the University of Columbia recently found that complex problem-solving skills are enhanced in periods of time when the mind is free to wander. This is particularly true when you find yourself in a brand-new environment, faced with interesting customs and a different culture.
While your employees may not be traveling for work, they are still getting out there, meeting people and making their way through the world. There is no way of telling when a personal connection made on an incentive trip could count in your company’s favour. Having a talented individual with a global network on the payroll is more than just a boon for your HR strategy - it also paves the way for cross-cultural collaboration on all manner of projects.
These are just a few of the reasons why travel incentive packages should for a part of the employee engagement programme of any forward-thinking company. Check the blog in coming weeks and months for more expert advice on tailoring rewarding business trips, leisure experiences, and bleisure excursions. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our team of dedicated corporate travel planners if you would like to learn more about our services.