Securing the Safety of the Business Traveler using Cross Board Preparedness Planning
Growth-minded companies should be mindful of preparing their employees to succeed, be safe and be engaged in an increasingly global environment.
Going global is already a mindset many companies have. And as growth-minded companies are expanding their international businesses, securing the safety of their business travelers and overseas workers should be on the priority in this day and age of global unrest.
The Cross border preparedness planning is a must for the future corporate leaders to effectively manage operations on an international level.
In the global arena, cultural adaptation plays a vital role. The ability to understand the cultural diversity is a must to accomplish successful business deals and overseas assignments especially when it involves global leadership transition.
"We are clearly a global economy," says Daniel Orchant, partner at KPMG's International Executive Services Practice. "Companies have to look at things from a global perspective rather than from a unique set of country-specific facts and circumstances [that apply worldwide]."
Companies operating in the business world today are facing with numerous challenges in sending employees abroad to work in remote facilities, opening new plants, or interfacing with international clientele. As you venture into managing global businesses, remember that Americans and the American way of doing things -- and these methods may not always be well received in a diverse global marketplace Therefore, companies should be prepared to provide their traveling and overseas workforce with assistance in legal matters, spousal and family support, social and educational support, destination support and insurance /tax issues as part of the global mobility package and process.
The questions business should be concern with are:
• What measures are businesses taking toward securing the safety of their workforce
• How will businesses mitigate the risks for their global expansion?
• Are businesses sensitive to the legal and other systems to understand cultural and business norms?
• Do businesses understand the government rules and structure, and the legal aspects of doing business in a foreign country?
• Are businesses aware that their business traveler may fall into an accidental expat category.
Many companies routinely send their employees to visit colleagues and clients in different countries. In light of the influx of business travel, many countries enforce prohibitions against unlawful employment. in the interest of national security and to protect the local employees. As a result of this restriction, short-term business travel, sometimes is way to accomplish an immediate business travel need Visas are usually quickly attained for these trips may not be intended for work or a long-term assignment.
Effective travel risk management needs to be broad, consistent and integrated into an organization's processes. A company's prerequisite to any business travel is to develop and robust an emergency preparedness and crisis management plan with strategies well defined for securing the safety of their business and their workforce.
Experts agree the rewards are worth the risks in today's international arenas. Just remember standards of employee business travel success and outcomes are different as you travel around the world.
Be prepared, Be safe and be engaged.