Believe it or not, the way you and your team travel for work speaks to your company culture. Over 488 million business trips are taken every year. Even outside of the office, it’s important to maintain employee satisfaction and morale. Here’s how to make the most of your team’s time spent on planes, trains, and automobiles.
Have a Travel Policy
While you don’t want your team to be bored during business travel, you also want to ensure that the travel is both cost-effective and safe. Determine potential locations you’ll want your employees to go, where you might want them to stay, and when they would go (this can vary depending on things like airfare prices, dates of a conference, etc.).
Explore the Benefits of TSA Pre-Check
Encourage your employees to apply for TSA Pre-Check. It saves a ton of time, stress, and headaches when it comes to those airport security lines. In fact, 97% of TSA Pre-Check passengers wait in a security line a maximum of five minutes. The cost is also reasonable – $85 for five years of eligibility.
Book Mid-Day Flights
This is especially important if an employee (or yourself, for that matter) is working the day before and/or the day of. While thinking about packing along with relevant business responsibilities, a mid-day flight can alleviate some of the stress as opposed to an early morning flight. Not only that, but mid-day flights also tend to be cheaper.
The Importance of Internet
This goes back to your travel policy – make sure that wherever you or your team are staying has access to Wi-Fi. You can even double check at various hotels to determine if the Wi-Fi access is complimentary.
By having your travel policy in place, and outlining different options for your employees, you can ensure that business trips are safe, efficient, and as stress-free as possible.