As businesses start to reopen—bringing employees back to the physical workplace— decision-makers are having to wrestle with the questions of how and when to reopen. Even as more and more companies decide to do so, however, it is with the realization that it will be a long time before things are truly back to “normal.” In fact, some things may never go back to the way they were before the pandemic.
One of those things is business travel. Business travel was one of the first things that halted when the pandemic hit, and it will almost certainly be one of the last things to restart. There are inherent risks that come with travel of any kind—since disease transmission is both more likely and more dangerous while traveling.
All the same, travel never fully ceased, and some companies are starting to consider how and when to restart their business travel. For some companies, business travel is the lifeblood of their operations. The process will obviously be gradual, but travel managers need to start thinking about when it makes sense to wade back into the world of business travel.
This article will unpack the key questions your organization needs to be asking when planning necessary or future business travel. Specifically, your company will need to decide:
- IF to travel
- WHERE to travel
- WHO should travel
- HOW to travel