There are many questions you should ask a future employer in an interview – What are the company’s values? What does the benefits package look like? Is there room for professional growth? However, one thing that might slip your mind when considering a new role is to ask about the company’s travel policies and procedures. Especially if travel is going to be a large part of your role, the way a company approaches it could make or break your decision.
First, does the company have a travel policy? If the answer is no, this could be a red flag. If the company employs business travelers but hasn’t taken the time to detail procedures and provide the tools needed to be successful, they could potentially be lacking in other areas as well.
Does the company’s policy address things that are important to you, such as work/life balance, expense procedures, etc.? Do the policies seem reasonable and easy to follow? When policies benefit both the company and the traveler, work trips can greatly improve job satisfaction. On the flip side, policies that are cumbersome, difficult to adhere to and only seem to benefit the company can make business travel less than desirable. Employers should be offering the right amount of freedom and flexibility to allow employees to feel empowered and motivated during business trips.
We all know that frequent business travel can take a toll on your health. It’s common for business travelers to feel stress or even burnout. Does the company’s policy speak to this? Not only could a company offer perks, such as the opportunity to take “bleisure” trips, but policies can also allow employees to stay at more expensive hotels with gyms, healthy dining options and more. Seeing that a company cares about your comfort and health while traveling can give you confidence that they exhibit those same values in their day-to-day operations.
Is the company partnered with a travel management company that offers support and assistance? Knowing that a potential employer invests in travel management is a huge plus. It shows that they care about the wellbeing and safety of their employees on the road, and that they value their employees’ commitment to the organization.
Be sure to set yourself up for success. Working for a company that has a thoughtful, detailed and flexible travel policy will allow you to benefit from business travel both professionally and personally!
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