More companies enlisting travel risk programs for employees

To alleviate fear among employees, 85 percent of companies have booked travel risk management programs, including travel insurance and assistance services for employees. Source: Shutterstock

BUSINESS travelers face a number of risks on trips, the primary concern being safety.

Whether they are concerns over pickpockets or threat of terror, business travelers are justifiably fazed by them before going on a trip.

A new blog post on Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) revealed close to 50 percent of business travelers view terrorism as their biggest threat when on the road, especially in current times of uncertainty.

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A separate study last year probed the impacts of terror on business travelers and 65 percent of respondents had fears of being stranded in a security lockdown, in-flight terror accidents, and the threat of medical health risks.

Other travelers in the GBTA survey quoted street crime, disease outbreaks and sanitation, property crime or theft, kidnapping, or natural disasters as potential risks.

To alleviate fear among employees, 85 percent of companies have booked travel risk management programs, including travel insurance and assistance services for employees.

Source: GBTA

The post said: “Understanding the road warriors’ fears and anxieties about business travel as well as communicating the available risk protocols and assistance services, can go a long way in building an effective risk management program.”

Companies also avoid legal and financial consequences if their employees are taken care of while on a trip. Programs employed by companies like BCD Travel are designed for both employers and employees to have peace of mind.

Despite steps being taken to reduce risks for corporate travelers, research suggests younger employees are less likely to refuse a trip for fear of it reflecting poorly on their careers.

Meanwhile, women travelers face a whole different set of problems when traveling for work and were found to be more stressed than men when assigned a trip.

Judi Brownell of Cornell University conducted an online survey to conclude safety is a woman’s priority when traveling for business. She states covered parking, deadbolts on doors, thoughtful room location, and well-lit hallways were important to women.

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