Wherever you are going, travelling abroad can be exciting, stimulating and interesting.
However, in some places there are obvious risks and there are precautions that everyone should take – before leaving, during the journey and while they are there.
No one set of guidelines will fit all the countries you may visit; protocols, cultures, religions and political circumstances will affect what is and is not acceptable. Security for you, your colleagues and your company depends on you being aware of those differences and using common sense to behave in an appropriate way.
You can reduce your chances of getting into a dangerous mishap by taking our travel security services before you leave, and while you’re away.
Travel risk management (TRM) is a comprehensive, consistent and proactive approach to protecting your people and your organization from travel risks. The broader notion of travel risk management and duty of care is not just linked to how well your organization can respond to a crisis—but rather, how well it can actually prevent a crisis from happening in the first place.
Business travel management is a highly complex task. There’s a lot more to it than minimizing costs and keeping stakeholders happy. It goes beyond making sure that the traveler is comfortable and having a grand old time on their business trip. Companies also have a responsibility to keep their employees safe when they’re traveling.
Let’s face it: traveling is not the safest thing that you can do. It probably carries more risk than sitting in a corporate office all day. When it comes to assessing the risks that a business trip might entail, the “it will never happen to us” approach is simply not going to cut it.
Companies around the world may work in completely different ways, have different travel policies and use different tools to manage business travel, but they have one thing in common: They all want to keep their employees safe.
Travel risks are not by any means limited to highly unlikely events. In fact, they range from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to everyday incidents that can happen anywhere in the world, like muggings and road accidents.
Thankfully, the sudden outbreak of war or the unprecedented eruption of a volcano are threats that most travelers never have to face. However, any traveler, business or leisure, can become a victim of thieves or drunk drivers at any point during their travels.
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Travel security tools have an invaluable communication feature: they provide 24/7 travel support so that your employees can always get in touch with someone, whether you’re available or not.
Having a reliable partner that your employees can turn to for help is crucial for effective travel risk management.
When faced with a crisis, travelers must have a point of contact that they can talk to in their native language (and it has to be a human. Sorry, bots.) Fast escalation for big issues is also a huge plus.
It’s up to you to decide how you want to split the responsibility. For example, you can let your employees know to contact external support outside of business hours.