Following the travel chaos of 2022, when flights were either canceled or delayed and costs skyrocketed, it’s understandable how some companies and employees might be deterred from wanting to go on a business trip anytime soon. However, business travel still has a range of benefits and employers should do what they can to make travel not only feasible, but as easy as possible in 2023.
Here are a handful of suggestions for ways to do exactly that:
1. Exchange currency before departure
Currency exchange shouldn’t be left until the last minute. Try to account for any unexpected delays on the way to the airport and ensure your employees have the appropriate currency in advance.
Robert Hoffman, founder and CEO of Xchange of America, mentions destination-specific currency as “one of the biggest headaches of international travel.”
Hoffmans suggests “you can use tools to deliver destination-specific currency to the office (so) your employees don’t have to stand in line at airport kiosks or pay fees at ATMs.”
By providing your employees with currency in advance, you will ultimately save money in the long run and some companies will even offer a complimentary return of cash via mail when you return.
2. Support employees who want to take bleisure trips
Bleisure trips have become very popular in the past year. More people crave a healthy work-life balance, and bleisure trips can help them achieve this. By supporting workers who want to combine business and leisure trips, employers can create a better working relationship with them, and build trust and respect.
Previously, working at home was convenient for employees. Now, many have embraced the chance to work from locations that might be more inspiring to them than their home offices. This benefits businesses who may want to expand their reach as well.
Another simple and low-cost way to help is by recommending apps they can use. Expense tracking apps will make it easier for them to keep track and claim back expenses, and apps like Yelp can help them find places to eat in locations they are not familiar with.
3. Improve their flying experience
Not everyone likes flying. They may look forward to arriving at their destination, but be less enthused about the journey.
By improving your employees’ flight experience, you can make regular business travel feel less stressful. To improve their flying experience, you can do small things like arranging for a TSA pre-check to reduce the time and stress of checking in. You can also pay for their layover meals or provide them with an airport lounge membership.
4. Regularly assess and update your business travel policies
The travel industry is constantly changing. Policies that some businesses had for travel are becoming outdated. Like most policies, they need to be assessed and updated regularly.
One of the best ways to understand the changes needed is to talk to employees who regularly or occasionally travel for business. Listening to feedback and problems from those who have first-hand experience will help your business stay competitive and address issues before they arise.
It’s important to keep up to date with new trends and demands. The Global Travel Business Association is helpful for staying educated about business travel and applying this knowledge to your policies.
We all know how intense travel was in 2022, but it doesn’t have to be that way moving forward. Use these tips to keep your employees happy and healthy during travel and enhance the growth of your business overall.