Information is the lifeblood of modern business, driving revenue growth, regulatory compliance, and much more. Indeed, many companies devote ever-increasing resources to the intake, processing, and analysis of data across all areas.
Travel managers are also bolstering their duty of care obligations, policies, and strategies with data. And it’s with accurate and timely information about travel that they can help to ensure the security of their travelers.
Global duty of care
For businesses operating at a global scale, maintaining awareness of the threats facing travelers abroad isn’t just a moral obligation it’s the law. Companies have a duty to maintain the physical safety of their employees, especially those asked to travel on behalf of their employer.
By establishing travel policies and performing safety training before business-related trips, you can ensure that travelers are prepared for potential risks. Some companies maintain an internal rating system, gauging the types of threats that business travelers face around the globe and putting programs in place to meet those threats. For example, you might maintain a Red, Amber, Green (RAG) rating for every country in the world, where Green countries are safe enough to permit relatively lax security measures, while those in the Red category might necessitate full security details for high-profile travelers.
Duty of care platforms like Concur Locate and International SOS integrate directly with airlines, hotels, and black car services to help businesses ensure traveler safety, keeping travel managers informed as employees move through their itinerary.
When the unexpected happens
Worldwide virus outbreaks, like COVID-19, or an impending natural disaster, like a hurricane, pose a serious threat to people planning to travel abroad on business. In these situations, companies should have a crisis plan in place and consistently communicate safety updates to employees and limit travel or encourage people to work remotely if needed.
Even the strongest travel risk management strategies have blind spots. To fulfill your duty of care obligations and successfully mitigate traveler risks, it’s important to identify and address common information gaps.
The rise of ridesharing
As ridesharing becomes an increasingly common mode of transportation, more travelers turn to apps like Uber when traveling on business. In the US alone, 60% of all business traveler receipts are rideshares. However, 41% of businesses don’t account for these apps in their travel policies.
Ground transportation can expose travelers to adverse road conditions, the potential for traffic accidents, and even street crime. Couple the security concerns of ground transportation with the typically low level of information surrounding ridesharing trips, and you have a recipe for major headaches back at the home office.
A modern solution
Today’s business transportation management platforms can fill in the blanks. By implementing platforms like “Fun Luxury Rides” for Business, travel managers decrease information gaps while gaining increased visibility into ground transportation abroad. Employees are on the map more often, empowering travel managers to fulfill their duty of care obligations.
Duty of care is about more than worst-case-scenario planning. It’s also about reducing traveler friction, patching information gaps, and minimizing leakage. By adopting modern systems, travel managers can help keep travelers safe while improving the overall business travel experience.