By Carmen Stinson on Dec 19, 2018
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Ever heard of the world “Bleisure”? It’s a recent trend in which business and leisure travel delve into the mix in order to have the employee enjoy both the experience of travel and the tasks at hand. In this article, you will learn and know about the managing of bleisure travel and its policies.
Bleisure travel is not a paid vacation
Human Resources directors are leading the writing in the guidelines and making bleisure an official phenomenon. They acknowledge benefits to travelers such as reducing jet-lag, experiencing a new location without rush, and some allowances for companions.
Who pays for what?
The employee is obviously getting paid to do their work, so employees pay for the leisure, which may include additional accommodations, leisurely meals, and tourism transportation once they arrive at their destination.
Companion costs follow guidelines as well. Pet costs may not be covered, however, they may be considered depending on the type of trip.
Another aspect of bleisure travel management is travel insurance, which part is covered by the company? Employees are expected to adhere to corporate travel policy for their actions both legally and morally are underpinned by the company’s image.
The expense reporting portion of the bleisure trip needs detailed attention. Robust softwares are available these days, and can pull out the extra glass of wine or movie from a receipt.
Usually, bleisure travels are handled by travel management companies (TMC). Corporate Travel is reported to the company, while the bleisure days are not. Volume/Travel spend must be separated for a clear report analysis. TMCs do that well!
The more your employees know about bleisure travel policy, the better, so Human Resources must do their best in communicating the needs and expectations of the company. This creates a positive experience that will be company policy and be reproduced in a very articulate way. It can also be used as a benefit to attract better employees, and retain others.
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By: Carmen Stinson
Director, Global Corporate Travel Sales & Operations