It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in
business travel managementto figure out how important employee wellbeing considerations are. They're actually more important than ever as we enter the "next normal".In a COVID and post-pandemic world, the main focus of company travel policies will naturally be on health and safety. As companies begin to review these policies for our new reality (in fact, a recent
TravelPerk survey shows that 50% of companies are doing just that), now might be a good time to think about what else falls under that umbrella.It's not too soon to start preparing for the return to business travel. That's why you should take the time to think about
the role of wellness in your company travel policynow. You want happy and healthy employees, don't you? Well, then read on!
Unhealthy dining, disrupted sleep patterns, delayed flights and trains, hectic meeting schedules, unfamiliar environments, burnout...the list goes on and on. Business travel can
induce a lot of stress points, even for the most seasoned traveler. This ultimately leads to reduced employee morale, productivity, and performance, as well as presenteeism and absenteeism.A well-implemented workplace health program and wellbeing strategy that includes business travel can solve all that. In fact,
80% of employeesin companies with policies that support their mental wellbeing and physical health feel more taken care of and more engaged. That, in turn, makes them
+20% more profitable! ... And who wouldn't want that?
Did you know that in the US, 59% of job applicants say that a company's travel policy and wellbeing program is an important factor in their decision-making (according to recent research from
GBTA)? Attracting top-tier talent is a race nowadays, and any added incentive (like great business travel policies with fun benefits) can go a long way! Workplace wellbeing and a great working environment (whether in the office or on a business trip) is a major selling point for millennial job-seekers.Having a good travel policy is also a great way to keep the employees you have happy. By catering to the needs of your employees, you inspire loyalty and the desire to stay on-board long-term. As they say, a happy employee is your greatest asset! Not to mention that you can turn them into the best brand ambassadors when headhunters come sniffing around.