6 Ways Employees Can Protect Themselves While Traveling
As a company with employees traveling for work, there is a heavy moral and (depending on location) legal responsibility to do everything that you can to keep them safe. This is where travel risk management comes into play. Having guidelines, keeping in communication, and planning ahead are just a few of the ways a top-notch organization looks out for its teams as they move around the world. And, with consistent training on the institutional level, employees should feel confident in their knowledge in many travel areas.
As much as you can do from a management perspective, at some point, the responsibility of safety is going to fall more squarely on your teams and employees. No matter what corner of the world they find themselves in, they can protect themselves with some relatively simple steps. Some employees may be hardened business travelers, for whom these tips will seem second nature, but many will be new to the road, and all should have these concepts in mind.
1. Destination Awareness
In this modern age, many things can be researched and planned far in advance for even the most remote location. Situational and destination awareness are the micro and macro of the alert traveler mindset. Cultural differences, travel hazards (dangerous roads, etc.), and the chance of terrorism are all specific to locale. By being aware ahead of time, your employees' reactions will be firmer and more confident. Also, always know the location of an American embassy when traveling abroad.
2. Be Aware of Real-Time Situations
Beyond being familiar with a destination in advance of travel, employees traveling should stay plugged into evolving situations. This can be helped on a corporate level through good communication platforms that can provide travelers with real-time information ranging from political strife to severe weather.
3. Health Considerations
Employees with specific medical issues should take these into consideration before traveling. In some countries, being vaccinated against certain viruses is a must and can easily be taken care of ahead of time.
4. Have the Policy Handy
When things get frantic, people can get frantic. A chaotic week of business travel is certainly not unheard of. It's here that a well-thought out company travel policy and manual shows its value. Have it handy, and understand it thoroughly.
5. Low Profile
It is simple but true; criminals and opportunists are looking for an easy target. Blend into your scenery, and keep a low profile. In most cases, this is the easiest way for safe road travel.
6. Stay in Communication
Finally, communication is key. Your team back home should be kept aware of your movement as often as possible, and conversely, a company with good
travel risk management is going to be keeping an eye on the situation on the ground. This is a team sport.
Travel risk management involves ongoing processes, and by continually evaluating and improving these processes, your team will gain valuable insight to moving about the world more safely. For more information, contact the experts at NC4 today at 877-624-4999.
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