While travel managers and business travelers have their respective responsibilities and priorities, there are a few things that they both agree upon.
The following points outline the areas of convergence for these travel professionals:
1) Better Travel Experience
Corporate travelers and their superiors both agree that the travel experience can be a lot better.
Cost control and cost savings are two crucial imperatives for every travel manager. They're perennially on the hunt for strategies that enable them efficiently manage their travel budgets and reduce travel-related costs.
Guess who bears the brunt of such financial prudence? You guessed right, it's the good old business traveler! He or she has to endure less than desirable situations while carrying out the company's mandates. Traveling economic class for a 12-hour flight is an example. One would imagine that for such a long trip, upgrading the corporate traveler, to say, business class, might be considered an extravagant.
Shocking right? Especially since these executives are made trips to almost 500 different cities in 2015.
For the record, this is not to say that there's anything wrong with flying coach, the main point here is that travel managers (and by proxy, companies) have to make concessions about the comfort and overall travel experience of their business ambassadors.
After all, such an investment would only lead to heightened employee productivity and reduce turnover rates.
2) Travel Should be more Integrated
There is still room for improvement in the seamless integration of booking and expense solutions.
This global survey that predicts what corporate travel management would look like 2017 suggests that 65 percent of travel management professionals think that the streamlining of end-to-end solutions is an important travel necessity.
According to the report, many travel managers and executives "hope that technology will create faster, smoother processes to handle the entire lifecycle of a business trip (everything from booking to expense)".
They also anticipate that "travel will become a more standardised part of the corporate infrastructure, with, for example, easier uploading of travel data into company accounting and human resources systems."
3) Clear Travel Security Policies
Most businesses don't have explicit travel security policies outlined as part of their overall organisational mandates. Companies need to make these arrangements a top priority as it helps travel managers provide sufficient support to their team members. Also, such an investment shows that a business values the wellbeing of their workers.
Hopefully, this information prompts companies to take action and re-invest in their travel department and employee at large.
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