A study by Travelodge at the end of 2018 showed that nearly half of British workers travel regularly for work. Because of this, traveller safety and well-being is a huge focus, with a 2019 study by Traveldoo showing that the top priorities for travel managers are duty of care for travelling employees and traveller welfare.
As companies strive to ensure the well-being of all employees, we are here to guide you through what to consider when devising a travel policy.
Keep them safe
A recent industry poll revealed that 23% of British travellers, 34% of French and 19% of Italians said they were involved in, or close to, a critical incident while away on business over the last 12 months.
Because of this, organisations and travel managers must have a strong safety support programme in place for employees. When companies book with us we have Traveller Safety & Security protocols in place such as:
- Real-time updates concerning potentially disruptive incidents
- Itinerary tracking software to monitor employees on the move
- Collaborations with existing risk specialists to support travellers in potentially sensitive areas of the world
Keep them calm
With travel can come a lot of added stress – flight delays, cancellations, lost luggage, finding your accommodation and so forth. Companies have a duty to provide employees with a stress-free travel experience. Effective travel management, convenient choice of accommodation, reasonable flight connections and smooth transfers all ease the stress of travelling.
Ensuring that your employees have a constant line of communication available while on their travels will also help to put their mind at rest. We provide a 24/7 support service, so travellers have instant assistance whenever, wherever.
Keep them fit
Keeping up a regular fitness regime and eating a balanced diet can be a challenge when you’re away from home. Most of us can relate to this from our own experiences on holiday, but when you are a regular business traveller, this can become a problem.
Daily exercise reduces stress, increases blood flow and helps travellers stay productive whilst away, with all these factors contributing to overall well-being. As a company you should ensure business travellers have access to exercise facilities and healthy eating options when booking accommodation. This will have serious benefits for productivity and overall employee enjoyment of their trip.
Let them sleep
A recent study by IHG Hotels & Resorts found that 80% of travellers had problems sleeping when away from home. There are a number of factors that can contribute to lack of sleep, such as jetlag, long working hours and excessive exposure to artificial light from phones, laptop and tablets.
Companies can help travellers get a better night’s sleep by:
- Booking flight times tactfully to minimise jet lag
- Trying not to overbook employees work schedules
- Minimising emails and calls made to the travelling employee outside of their office hours
To book your corporate travel with an agency that prioritises your employees’ well-being, contact one of our team on 01625 446 277 or visit our enquiry page to find out more.