Power to the peo­ple

The Business Travel Magazine - - Arrivals Welcome -

Has there ever been a time when em­ployee well­be­ing has been so cen­tral to busi­ness travel pro­grammes? Where once cor­po­rates were fo­cused on re­duc­ing costs, cut­ting travel vol­umes and tight­en­ing travel policies, they are now mov­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, re­lax­ing the pa­ram­e­ters and care­fully mon­i­tor­ing the im­pact of busi­ness travel on their staff.

Car­ing for the peo­ple in your or­gan­i­sa­tion has be­come a top pri­or­ity. Trav­eller cen­tric­ity, trav­eller fric­tion, trav­eller well­be­ing… they are now ubiq­ui­tous phrases that point to a clear shift in how busi­nesses treat their trav­ellers. Cor­po­rates are pay­ing in­creas­ing at­ten­tion to the im­pact that days spent trav­el­ling on busi­ness has on pro­duc­tiv­ity, morale and wel­fare, and more­over, the in­dis­putable link be­tween travel fa­tigue, staff re­ten­tion and even re­cruit­ment. We have cov­ered this evolv­ing topic in many past is­sues of The­busi­nesstrav­el­magazine, but never have we de­voted so many pages to it. Eigh­teen pages, in fact, from trav­eller well­be­ing, ac­ces­si­ble travel and trav­eller track­ing, to fe­male trav­ellers, the LGBTQ com­mu­nity and duty of care obli­ga­tions.

Also put­ting peo­ple in the spot­light is our very own event, The Busi­ness Travel Peo­ple Awards, which took place in May and recog­nised the hard work of teams and in­di­vid­u­als across the in­dus­try over the last 12 months. See pages 19-21 for all the de­tails. We were pleased to an­nounce at the event a part­ner­ship with the Univer­sity of Green­wich that will help nur­ture young talent and raise aware­ness of the busi­ness travel in­dus­try as a won­der­ful ca­reer path. It is a fledgling project but we look for­ward to work­ing with ad­di­tional col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties and wel­come the sup­port of in­dus­try sup­pli­ers and or­gan­i­sa­tions. Get in touch if you'd like to lever­age your own peo­ple power for the ben­e­fit of the in­dus­try.

Andy Hoskins, Ed­i­tor

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