When you hear the term “business traveler,” what comes to mind? Those words often evoke images of a crisply-suited executive in an airport, or perhaps a salesperson in business-casual attire in the lobby of a hotel. This year’s pandemic had a sudden, significant impact on business travel overall. With lingering concerns about employee travel security and, as more remote work seems to have taken root, some elements of business travel may remain elective for a time. An area of business travel that has, however, remained essential throughout the pandemic is travel related to supply chain management and the movement of essential goods.
Security is about more than Material Goods
Trucking companies and fleet drivers have always been a critical part of the supply chain. The essential nature of the work they do was never more evident than during this public health emergency as they moved goods such as medical supplies and consumer necessities even as other industries shut down. Across industries and in their physical facilities, businesses are focusing on worker safety as they decide whether to continue or reopen operations. Any company concerned about supply chain disruption should consider the health and safety of drivers an essential part of crisis management planning. Applying some basic principles of travel safety and security can help. Over-the-road drivers may not be the first people to come to mind when you think of “business travelers,” but in fact, keeping them safe should be priority during public health emergencies.
Companies with their own fleets may be able to prevent certain operational disruptions by including employee travel security in their crisis management planning. Businesses relying on third-party trucking companies are not immune from disruptions, and as such should make an effort to ensure all stakeholder crisis planning is aligned. This should include any process and protocols that support driver safety and security in addition to operational process. Some elements of planning may be simpler, such as ensuring adequate supplies of hand sanitizer, gloves or masks. Other elements may require more planning. One such example is what drivers should do if they suddenly become ill on the road. While not every crisis can be anticipated and planned for, this pandemic has helped underscore a key point. The business travelers who make up the human side of the supply chain are essential to operations. Planning for their ongoing health and safety, therefore, should be considered an essential part of crisis management planning.
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