We’ve been watching the work-from-home landscape carefully this year and observing the impact of operational shifts on businesses and workers alike. Three colleagues recently shared updates about the future of work-from-home at their companies. Some of them were advised by their employers that remote work, where possible, will continue until the middle of 2021. For some members of the workforce this was welcome news whereas for others it caused some dismay. The very disparity of employees’ reactions underscores a need to look deeper at risk. Our employee travel security experts take a look. [Read more…] about The Future of Work at Home: Employee Travel Security Experts on Risk
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. [Read more…] about Supply Chain Safety: Ensure Employee Travel Security for your Team on the Road
What we’ve learned so far in 2020 is that things can change from one moment to the next in ways that resonate around the globe. In a matter of days, the spread of COVID-19 had entire countries shutting down their borders and local states and territories issuing mandatory stay-at-home orders for any reason considered non-essential. Even now, as borders begin to reopen, the impact of this pandemic on employee travel security and business travel has still not been completely quantified.
This recent update on re-openings will probably continue to change and expand daily but it’s a positive sign for businesses whose operations require international travel: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2020/06/12/europe-open-for-travel-now-/#56f09f5925af
For a number of companies, business travel stopped entirely for a period of time. Organizations have scrambled to find short-term remote solutions. Now that travel is resuming it’s a good time to look at your emergency planning and ask how you can support your essential business travelers and help alleviate any fears they may have about their safety.
Consider a review of your travel program with an eye on travel safety in general. If you are sending employees to countries where coronavirus has been a concern, for example, do you have defined ways to assist them in the event they fall ill in a foreign city? Have you thought about pre-arranging secure transportation for them in higher-risk areas? Do you require them to follow certain practices during or quarantine after they travel? These are but a few of the new travel safety concerns businesses must consider in order to avoid sending their employees into potentially risky situations.
Recent civil unrest in the United States has added another layer of potential risk to business travelers. The widespread shutdowns and effect on various cities should get you thinking about what pre-travel intelligence might help keep your employees out of harm’s way. Does your company monitor global events and actively reach out to traveling employees in the event they are in an area where civil unrest is predicted or ongoing? Do you have resources in place to assist them if they suddenly need to leave an area?
As you consider your approach to employee travel security during this critical time, we urge to remember that your people are your greatest assets. As experts in travel safety, we encourage organizations to put their people first and ensure they are prepared for the safest travels possible as we move forward, together as one business community, in these new and constantly changing times.
IMG GlobalSecur Employee Travel Security Services
IMG GlobalSecur has decades of experience in the security industry. Our team of safety experts stands ready to help you alleviate travel fears with our corporate travel security services including executive travel security expertise and more. In addition, our FoneTrac safety app backed with 24/7 on-call security professionals can assist you in staying safe while away from home or office. Contact us today!
A recent Security Magazine article entitled “Business Travel is Tough on Mental Health” shared some survey results about business travel and burnout. One surprise statistic from the survey? More than twenty percent of respondents would consider switching jobs if another company offered “bleisure” travel. Yes, corporations need to consider the importance of employee travel security. Companies would do well to build a culture that encourages mental and physical well-being for their associates.
A growing number of employees each year is adding leisure travel to business trips in an effort to reduce stress and burnout. It’s pretty clear that happy employees are more productive ones. As the Security Magazine article points out, a significant number of the surveyed employees struggled with varying aspects of business travel. It seems like a fairly benign solution to allow employees the freedom to add some self-care and entertainment into their business travel if it helps keep them happier…right?
According to Relocation Magazine, “bleisure” travel makes a great recruitment tool. It’s a benefit that can help companies attract and retain talent. Along with that, though, comes a duty of care, as in who owns the liability? What happens if your employee heads off to foreign lands, for example, and takes off some (permissible-bleisure) time for a tour? If the employee chooses a mountaintop hike and gets injured, is your company liable for the injury? Let’s say your employee prefers a tour that includes stops at a half-dozen wineries. If your employee gets drunk and harms someone else, could your company be held responsible?
Supporting the safety of your business travelers matters when it comes to duty of care. Business travel can be risky enough, but when you throw leisure travel into the mix? Any company that offers “bleisure” as a perk should be prepared for just about any emergency. That means clearly defined travel policies that address expectations surrounding the inclusion of leisure activities. It’s also a good idea to understand potential financial liability for injuries or accidents related to those activities. By far the most important element of “bleisure” preparedness should be employee travel security and safety. A robust travel security program and supportive technology can help employees have safer, more enjoyable travels while mixing pleasure into their business. It’s already considered a perk, so why not add safer “bleisure” travels as a greater benefit to your employees?
IMG GlobalSecur Employee Travel Security Services
IMG GlobalSecur has decades of experience in the security industry. Our team of safety experts stands ready to help you alleviate travel fears with our corporate travel security services including executive travel security expertise and employee medical assistance. In addition, our FoneTrac safety app backed with 24/7 on-call security professionals can assist you in staying safe while away from home or office. Contact us today!
Yes, it’s true. If you own a small or mid-size business, IMG GlobalSecur can help you ensure that your team gets the security and medical help needed even while traveling out of the country. [Read more…] about Overseas Medical Assistance for Employees? You Don’t Have to be a Big Corporation