Let’s face it. We all need a vacation every once in awhile, especially business travelers.
. . . wait what? Business travelers already travel all the time. They don’t need to travel MORE!
We hear that often and while rewarding, business travel can be taxing both mentally and physically. Believe it or not, employees who travel frequently for work are often the ones who need to travel for fun (and for their sanity) the most.
The benefits of personal travel
Most of us know the importance of a well-needed vacation (hello, sunshine and an out-of-office message!). Employees will benefit from:
- Relaxation and time to recharge
- Time with family/friends
- Personal growth
- A change of scenery and a change of pace
- Time to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it (whether that’s sightseeing in a big city or sitting around on a secluded beach)
For the employer
Obviously, personal travel benefits the employee but did you know that it can also provide tremendous benefits for the whole organization? Let’s take a look:
- Employees who take vacations are generally healthier, which can reduce the number of sick days they take as well as general health costs for the employer
- Employees may feel more fulfilled in their role and therefore, they will experience less burnout
- Exposure to different parts of the world can help employees value the importance of diversity in the workplace
- Time to relax and recharge allows employees to return feeling refreshed, more creative and more engaged in their work
- Frequent travelers are often more well-rounded employees
What can you do to encourage personal travel?
Over 50% of employees don’t use all of their PTO days. As a leader, it’s your job to encourage employees to utilize their time off. Some companies go as far as to offer employees who use all of their PTO a monetary incentive.
Even better than encouraging employees to use their PTO for travel, help them facilitate it! Offer everyone access to your travel management company’s booking platform and support so they can take advantage of better rates, personalized service and less stress when planning a trip.
66% of employees say they work while on vacation. Encourage employees to completely “sign off” when they travel for leisure. Help them come up with an out of office plan and coverage solutions so they feel comfortable completely disconnecting.
Consider shutting down the office during a particularly slow time, such as at the end of December for example, to encourage everyone to take a break.
Set a good example! Change comes from the top. Leadership should be taking advantage of their days off just as much as any other employee.
When it comes down to it, personal travel is just as important (if not more important!) than business travel, in the workplace. Partner with a travel management company that can help you do both.
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