There is such thing as too much business travel. Or too much of the wrong type of business travel. And it can lead to traveler burnout . . . quickly. Burnout can strike even the most seasoned business travelers and it could be occurring within your organization. The consequences could include disconnected, tired or worn out employees and lead to increased turnover. Ask yourself these questions in order to recognize and help prevent it:
Do your business travelers seem tired or sick all the time?
This could be a sign of too much time on the road. Long flights, frequent hotel stays, unconventional hours . . . over time, all of this can take a toll on a business traveler.
Set guidelines for recommended travel (such as limiting travel to X days on the road per month). Furthermore, consider creating a wellness program for your business travelers (we lay out our recommendations here!). Not only will this help them to feel appreciated, it can improve their overall physical and mental health.
Is your travel policy too restrictive?
A travel policy should do its part to save your company time and money but it should also give your employees a little bit of the freedom they desire. A travel policy that’s too restrictive may be tough to follow (if it’s followed at all) and may lead to frustrated employees who don’t feel they’re getting the most out of their business travel.
Work with a travel management company who can help you to carefully craft your travel policy, keeping in mind the needs of both the company and the travelers.
Are your business travelers accounted for in your internal initiatives?
When someone is constantly on the road, it’s easy for them to feel isolated from the rest of the team. This is especially true if you’re incentivizing employees in the office, forgetting about the frequent business traveler.
When you are incentivizing or creating a benefit for your in-office employees, make it a point to include business travelers in some way as well.
Do you allow employees to tack on personal days to their business travel?
Bleisure is a term you’ve certainly heard before – combining business and leisure travel. And it’s definitely on the rise. Not allowing employees to have some personal time during a business trip could be perceived as too restrictive.
Work with a travel management company to create a bleisure policy that works for your company. By giving employees this option, you’re giving them the freedom to explore and have fun at their destination, helping to avoid an “all business, all the time” mindset.
For additional tips on keeping business travelers happy, see this blog post.
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