Corporate duty of care
Increases in remote and hybrid working (WFH) requires companies to reconsider their duty of care to employees whenever they are away from the office, and not just when they're on a business trip. Forward-thinking companies recognise the need to keep all employees safe, no matter where they are travelling or working.
Risks associated with the global pandemic have dominated people's minds for almost two years. But as travel returns, it's important to recognize the other risks to which business travellers may be exposed, including extreme weather events, economic risks, terrorism and even cybersecurity breaches. Companies must evaluate their travel risk management policies to ensure their employees' safety and security on the road.
A new phenomenon is being reported from our cousins across the pond. 'Bleisure' refers to the combination of business travellers tacking on a few extra days of leisure to their business trip. Many of us will have attempted this in the past, reclassifying the wife as a personal assistant and essential for the success of the business trip to Bali. Unfortunately, the guys and gals of the HMRC seem to have a different attitude to the US IRS so this particular American trend will probably not catch on here.
It's not clear when business travel will return to pre-pandemic levels. As the Covid cloud starts to clear, we now view the fog of war emerging from eastern Europe. So, whether it's a flight to a supplier in Taiwan or a car trip to a customer in Tewkesbury, company managers will be thinking long and hard before they provide their authorisation.