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Attract Top Recruits

with Your Travel Policy



What does it take to woo professionals who have been burned by poor travel policies in the past? Each candidate is unique in their specific needs, but you’ll have a competitive advantage in the hiring process if you include all of these wish list items in your travel policies:

1. The Ability to Choose

Many people have preferences for particular airlines and hotels when traveling. Perhaps they’ve come to trust a certain vendor, or they want to rack up some loyalty points. Whatever the case, they definitely don’t want to spend the night at a cheap inn or fly with a barebones airline. Make sure your travel policies give employees freedom to select their favorites.


2. Upgrades

Access to hotel and airline loyalty programs are enticing perks for employees who must regularly travel for work. During employment negotiations, your company can sweeten any compensation deal by offering program upgrades to key employees who will benefit from these perks for business and personal travel.

For example, many hotel loyalty program members can receive room upgrades, enjoy free Wi-Fi, or choose their rooms from their phones — no more rooms next to the ice machine. You may also want to consider granting flights of six hours or longer an automatic upgrade to business class for maximum employee comfort.


3. Sweat the Small Stuff

From lost luggage to spotty Wi-Fi, travel is full of small frustrations. Businesses that take proactive steps to iron out these wrinkles will appeal to travel-conscious candidates. For instance, some startups offer to store and ship employees’ business attire, a serious perk for people constantly on the go. Additionally, reimbursing employees for expenses that improve productivity, such as Wi-Fi, makes business sense.


4. Faster Check-In

Like most of us, business travelers loathe standing in security and customs lines. Eliminate the wait by paying for TSA PreCheck, Global Entry, or CLEAR, or have your travel management company negotiate rate agreements with technology-forward hotels that offer digital check-in and keyless entry. Ideally, your traveling employees should spend less time standing idle and more time doing work.


5. Allow for ‘Bleisure’ Travel

Employees journeying to interesting destinations might want to stay an extra few days to do their own exploring. Create an employee-friendly policy that spells out how they can blend business and leisure (or “bleisure”) into one trip. Be sure to set and share parameters in advance to avoid confusion.


6. Make Travel Easy for Candidates, Too

First impressions count. If you’re recruiting candidates who will travel for interviews, their first experience with your company’s travel procedures should be flawless. Don’t make them pay up front for travel expenses and wait to be reimbursed. Make sure they have access to a travel counselor or user-friendly app to book their travel plans easily and quickly.


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