Overseas travel for your employees can be fraught with challenges that include navigating through foreign airports and cities as well as jet lag that often accompanies time zone changes. Business travelers often have added stressors, many with days of back-to-back meetings to fit a large volume of work into a limited number of days. Arranging for local transportation or other routine needs may be difficult for some travelers where there are language or cultural barriers to overcome.
Because international business travel itself may prove stressful for employees, it can benefit businesses to support their travelers by providing a heightened sense of security. (If you’re the HR manager or other person responsible for international business travel security, you might have an “AHA” moment when you realize that providing enhanced security, such as our award-winning travel security app (FoneTrac) is win/win for you, your employee, and their spouse or family).
Boosting Travel Security for Your Employees
There are a variety of travel security program elements that can boost employee confidence when traveling. Itinerary tracking, for example, can help employees feel more secure during their travel. Global monitoring and traveler notifications can offer reassurance that a company is proactive about awareness and employee safety. Offering 24/7 access to emergency support can ease some of the stress employees may feel if they are unsure about what resources are available overseas if they have some type of emergency. Medical services are a no brainer to offer to employees who are traveling in developing countries; it provides peace of mind to know that their medical risks have been mitigated!
Keeping employees informed and engaged can help mitigate some of the risks associated with overseas travel. Companies may see higher engagement by providing up-to-date and advance information, including global intelligence and security guidance for an employee’s intended destination. Employees are more likely to be invested in their own safety when their employers lead by example. Encouraging heightened awareness and offering a proactive and interactive approach to travel security can help employers alleviate many common stressors associated with overseas travel.
Reach out to an International Employee Travel Security Expert
The issues are complex, the problems broad, and the opportunities for a better employee experience are myriad. If you’re interested in having a top-to-bottom security audit, please reach out to our firm. Our employee travel security experts can work with you to improve the travel security for your employees, executives, and VIPs. This “added benefit” will be win/win for everyone involved.