Ensuring Business Travel Safety in a Sharing Environment
We live in a world that is built around sharing. Powered by the proliferation of technology, homeowners are now sharing their accommodations via websites like Airbnb and HomeAway. Travelers can cut costs or meet new people through transportation options like uberPOOL, which pools riders together in one ride. With increased sharing opportunities, employees need to ensure they maintain the same standard of safety, and travel planners need to implement effective travel risk management solutions. When employees are their own travel managers, these tips can help them maintain greater safety.
The advantages of shared travel can be fantastic; cheaper rates, more available transportation, and better locations for accommodations can all be benefits of this shared economy. The key is knowing how to use them and knowing how to use them safely. For the most part, when considering business travel, you can split shared technologies into two categories to consider:
Airbnb has evolved greatly from a small subculture of cheap Internet accommodations to a massive, well-organized business. As such, they now offer business traveler specific lodging and tools for managers to book stays for employees in bulk. Even with the professional transformation of Airbnb, it's still important to remember that this is non-traditional lodging in many respects. Check for locations of accommodations, and note that most (if not all) will not have security as would be typical of large hotels. One way to ensure a positive experience for a business traveler is if using services such as these, book with users with a long track record of prominent accommodations.
A second portion of the shared economy which you'll come into contact with is in the realm of transportation. Uber and Lyft are great options in most major cities nationwide, but it's important to closely monitor driver ratings. Some other things to be aware of when using these transportation apps:
- Being asked to pay cash is a major red flag.
- Be certain to only enter the vehicle of the driver you were assigned.
- If you don't feel confident in a situation, don't proceed. There's no penalty for being overly cautious (and you will not be charged for the ride).
- Some areas use uberPOOL, basically picking up multiple fares in one ride. These are usually not great for a time-oriented business traveler.
These are but a few things to consider regarding travel risk management in a shared economy. Use technology to improve your business transportation options, but do so wisely. NC4 can help; contact us at 877-624-4999.
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