If your employees travel for business, they should be prepared for more than just business. Employers should be well aware of the risks they are asking employees to face when traveling. Employers should help ensure the safety of their business travelers — and reduce liability concerns for the organization — by planning ahead.
Your travelers will likely be taking various forms of ground transportation on their business trips. The more traveling methods they take, the greater the number of risks. Make sure your employees follow these corporate traveler safety tips when:
Sometimes your employees might be so preoccupied with their meetings or conferences, they might neglect to research the crime levels, safety standards, and neighborhoods to avoid in their destination. Make sure you educate them around these key areas:
If your employees don’t feel healthy on the road, they’re unlikely to perform at their best in business meetings, or produce quality work. While you often can’t predict health issues, you can plan how to manage them in advance. There are a number of health-related considerations to be aware of while traveling, including:
Before sending employees to foreign countries, employers should do their homework. Make sure you know well in advance of the health-related things that you or your employees will need to prepare for. For instance, where certain vaccinations are recommended, confirm with your employees that they have been vaccinated, and if not, set an appointment. Similarly, while many countries have some form of universal health care, what that means in practice can vary significantly. Employers should consider obtaining comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any care gaps, and includes medical repatriation.
International travelers that once used to have to worry about securing a passport, must now be vigilant about protecting their online identity. Public Wi-Fi has become available far and wide, but by using that unsecured Wi-Fi at the airport, mid-flight or in the hotel lobby, employees could be exposing data and increasing the risk for identity theft. Advise your employees to use caution when accessing unsecured public Wi-Fi:
Preparing for travel and common sense can go a long way toward preventing loss or damage while traveling or staying in a hotel. Alertness, vigilance, and caution can be among the more effective crime prevention actions a business traveler can take. Contact us for additional risk management guidance.
Shaun is an Insurance Practice Group Leader specializing in fiduciary liability, professional liability, and workers’ compensation.
Shaun is an Insurance Practice Group Leader specializing in fiduciary liability, professional liability, and workers’ compensation. He has been in the insurance industry since 1985 and was previously the president and owner of a local, independent agency specializing in commercial insurance, especially in the areas of fiduciary liability, professional liability, and workers’ compensation. Shaun brings his extensive knowledge of professional and fiduciary liability and workers’ compensation, and his passion for helping clients protect their financial, physical and emotional well-being.
If you could give human form to your safety culture, what would it look like?
Maybe it would be a thick-set, shirtless brute named Trog with a foul disposition beating out a drum cadence to keep your employees rowing in-sync.
Or would it be more like a fussy and constantly disapproving Dickensian paper-pusher named Fizzlewhite who has never met a rule or procedure he didn’t like, even though he hasn’t done most of the things he creates rules to address?
If you were to search the various “mommy blogs” and parenting advice websites out there, how many of them do you think would endorse the following practice?
A child’s safety should always be a top priority for any parent. When leaving children under the age of 10 alone in the house for lengthy periods of time, be sure to provide the kids with a loaded pistol with the safety off in case a stranger should happen by. In a pinch, recently sharpened knives can be substituted for the pistol.
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