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How To Successfully Manage Bleisure Travel

Ever heard of the word “Bleisure”?

It’s a recent trend in which business and leisure travel delve into the mix, 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 about this new phenomenon, in which business travelers get a few leisure days during their business trip. That’s why when bleisure travel is programmed; business travelers get to offset some of their travel costs. So the mixture of both gets the employee to take a decisive advantage in their work and personal time. 

Bleisure travel helps fight jet lag, those couple of extra days allows employees to adapt themselves to switching time schedules, and doesn’t burn them out when it comes to getting the work part of the travel done.

Proper coaching of the employee by HR during this particular time will help travelers in engaging efficiently with both work and the experience of having a taste of local culture, language and entertainment possibilities.

Who pays for what?

The employee is getting paid to do their work, so employees pay for the leisure expenses during off-hours such as accommodations, meals, and transportation.

The complicated part of bleisure travel policy relies on how the expenses are handled and reported: Will a company credit card be provided for all business expenses and will a personal credit card is tied to the leisure part? It is up to HR and the employee to handle that in the most professional way possible.

Technology helps companies keep those expenses separated: you can log air ticket cost if departing after a meeting vs. a couple of days later; you can submit expense reports excluding portions of a receipt (i.e.: movies or minibar from your hotel bill). You can even track bleisure time attached to an itinerary for vacation reporting.

Companies must establish a clear policy when handling expenses, especially if the employee invites another person or group since they might be ordering room service and charging it to the company’s credit card. Per diems are helpful if appropriately set.

Who pays for travel insurance?

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, as the company’s image legally and morally underpins them.

Usually, bleisure travels handle by travel management companies that take care of every detail. They offer packages for the business part, and explain and layout the leisure side of the business to the employee to avoid any unnecessary expenses and setbacks.

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 towards the company policy and will make said policy much easier to reproduce in a very articulate way.

Learn more how to choose the right Corporate Travel Agency here.

By: Carmen Stinson

Director, Global Corporate Travel