Which of the following travel benefits, if any, do you expect your company to provide to ensure business traveler health and safety going forward? Put your choice(s) in the comments!
A) Ability to stay in vacation rentals
B) Ability to stay in four-to-five-star hotels
C) Ability to select premium seating (first or business class)
D) Ability to choose direct flights
E) Reimbursed car rentals, taxis, or ride share services instead of taking public transportation
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a) not currently
b) it's potentially possible but we are not changing our current policy to accommodate
d) always have had that choice. no change.
e) always have had that choice. no change.
Nothing you listed will be effected by policy changes in a post pandemic world.
The biggest effect for us on travel is the lack of it and the expected reduced volume. Beyond that, which is massive, the policy itself has not changed.
A) This was not allowed in our policy and will not be added
B) Five-star properties were not allowed in our policy and will not be added. Select 4-star properties are used and will continue to be used.
C) This was not allowed in our policy and will not be added
D) Direct flights have always been allowed in our policy
E) This has been allowed and will continue in our policy
Our biggest change post-pandemic, is looking at why we travel. Enhancements in technology and changing demographics are enabling tasks to be accomplished virtually or a combination of in-person/virtual. Instead of sending 3 or 4 people to a presentation and/or visit, we are sending 1 or 2 in-person and the remaining people join virtually. Sales folks will continue to travel but internal travel will almost completely disappear. After effectively working remotely for over a year, senior management is saying …. "I guess most of those in-person internal meetings weren't as necessary as we thought." It's about doing things differently and achieving the same or a better outcome.
A) Ability to stay in vacation rentals. If it make sense and no other options available near by the business location.
B) Ability to stay in four-to-five-star hotels (for developing countries or where there is high risk for safety/hygiene)
C) Ability to select premium seating (first or business class). Same as usual. Long haul yes, short not.
D) Ability to choose direct flights. Always like this, to save time and judgment of employees if too expensive.
E) Reimbursed car rentals, taxis, or ride share services instead of taking public transportation. No, up to the employee.