Internet Travel Monitor - Travel Industry News
January 17, 2018
At Their Bleisure: How to Incorporate Blended Travel Guidelines into Your Policy
There are multiple reasons why so many travel managers and HR directors are leading the charge to adopt guidelines on “bleisure” travel — a rising phenomenon in which business travelers tack on leisure days to their business trip.
For starters, it’s a convenient way for business travelers to offset some of their personal travel costs. By combining the two trips, it’s also a more efficient use of their time, as they won’t have to waste a precious paid day off getting to the airport and taking a flight somewhere. And by spending more time on the ground recovering from jetlag and having a couple days to recharge their batteries, it’s also an effective cure for travel burnout.
What do all these perks add up to? Happier employees. And happier employees mean they’ll be more productive employees when they do return to the office. Not only that, but when company leaders demonstrate how much they value their travelers’ well-being and work-life balance, employees will be inclined to do a better job and also stay put in that job.
Speaking about the company’s flexible bleisure policy also can be compelling bait when luring new recruits, especially if the firm does not have the most generous vacation policy for fresh hires.
But wait, there’s more! Because business travelers may be avoiding peak air travel times and are more likely to secure a discounted rate for a longer hotel stay, the travel expenses the company is responsible for actually may be less than if their employees went strictly for business.
Plus, with business travelers spending more time exploring the place where they’ve landed, they’ll become more knowledgeable about the local culture and language of the very people they went out there to do business with, making it that much easier to build a genuine connection with their clients.
So, have we finally convinced you? Good. Let’s talk policy details.
As with any part of a company’s travel policy, there is no one-size-fits-all mold that will match your company’s needs perfectly. You must work that all out with the key decision makers. But to help you prepare for such an important meeting, here are some questions to bring to the table:
Once the above policy points are addressed, you also may need help figuring out how to make bleisure work logistically. This is where your travel management company (TMC) can be helpful. Here are a few questions to get the discussion going:
The last but not least important step in creating a bleisure policy? Spreading the word. We assure you, this will be one of the more enjoyable emails to send to your employees — the kind that earns you high-fives as you walk down the halls.
Go a step further getting in their good graces by sending them this Atlas article on bleisure tips for business travelers. Even if you do not have a policy in place yet, it’ll be the perfect opportunity to open up the conversation and solicit their feedback.
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