Business travel not only takes you away from the office, but it also takes you away from your friends, family and your regular routine. When you’re not eating the same food, sleeping in the same bed or leaving for work at the same time, it can be hard to get excited about travelling for work.
In recent times, the impacts of travel on staff and their attitude towards being away from home have come under close analysis, with a global focus on the well-being of employees. The focus is steadily shifting more towards business travellers and how they are impacted while remaining on the move. Employers are recognising that business travel can have a negative effect on the work produced and in turn adopting tools and strategies with an aim to enhance travellers’ experiences.
It is no surprise that a big majority of corporate travellers do experience some degree of ‘feeling flat’ on business trips.
Travellers now have more options to ‘help make business travel more bearable’. So, what are some of the practical ways to change the attitude? Pulse Corporate Travel reached out to some of our regular travellers for a bit more insight on what makes it easier for them.
1. Bring a friend/partner or family members
For travellers who have loved ones at home, it can be hard to be away from them for long periods of time. If your company permits it, why not ask if they can tag along with you so once you have finished your business day, just like at home, they can be there when you walk in the door. In your down time you can also experience activities as a family and create some lasting memories.
2. Work with your Travel Manager
An asset to a corporate is working with a dedicated Corporate Travel Manager that will connect you with the best end to end solutions. Travellers can be supplied with sophisticated interfaces, delivering 24/7 global access and immediate assistance, both offline and online. Mobility tools provide instant updates, booking details, alerts, 24/7 support and emergency assistance. Corporate Travel policies can also be set in place to ensure continuity across accommodation to guarantee the traveller a pleasant hotel experience every time.
3. Take advantage of loyalty programs
Travelling for business has its perks. You can benefit from loyalty programs and travel reward cards to turn your business trips into an opportunity for future travel or purchasing gifts with your accumulated points… everyone loves something for free!
4. Pay with credit card
Most companies don’t expect you to pay for your work related expenses. More than likely, they will either give you a corporate credit card or re-imburse you. Try to avoid using cash as you will easily lose track of your spending or mis-place your receipt. This will also help your accounts department and it’s also another opportunity to earn more loyalty points.