It’s game time. The tailgating fires have been extinguished, fans have passed through ticketing turnstiles, and the stadium is rocking. But while the home crowd is hungry for a win, the visiting team has other ideas. These opposing players have been focused on a road win, studying the home team’s vulnerabilities during the flight, on the team bus, at the hotel. Just like a football team, business travelers must maintain focus in order to achieve their own road wins. Granted, accommodations may not match those of billion dollar football franchises—but that doesn’t mean your corporate travel management can’t eliminate the business trip challenges that remove focus from revenue plays.
With a managed corporate travel program, employees don’t have to worry about getting from point A to point B—you make that part easy by supplying them with the right tools and support to game-plan trips. Travelers can stay laser-focused on getting that road win, be it striking a strategic partnership or closing an important sale.
Getting Your Players to the Game
First things first—booking. Your travelers don’t quite have the hyper-scripted schedules and needs of top professional athletes, but their personal travel preferences are just as important to road performance as an athlete’s. Booking travel based on their preferences is what they want, staying within budget is what you want. With a managed travel program, you can have both.
Employees use a corporate travel booking tool to choose in-policy airfare, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation with their personal travel preferences – seats, meals, wifi, etc. – automatically integrated. Instead of spending time figuring out which options are ideal and compliant, travelers can get primed to win that game-changing contract you’ve been working on for months.
The Corporate Travel Game on the Ground
Once a traveler has arrived at a destination, they can easily modify automatically-created, trip-specific expense reports with a travel and expense management tool. With mobile receipt capture, simply snap receipt photos on a mobile device to upload expenses for everything from bagel breakfasts to cocktails with clients. Instead of having to pour over a mountain of receipts in the hotel, your road warriors can practice that closing pitch.
On game day, safe, comfortable ground transportation options again let a traveler stay in the productivity zone. Car services can also come in handy when celebrating that new sale or partnership.
Returning from Road Games
With a deal in place—the road win in hand—your traveler is ready to return home victorious. Good thing that’s easy, too.
Mobile check-in simplifies getting home and notifications alert travelers to delays, gate changes and other relevant flight information. If trip changes are necessary, employees can identify in-policy travel alternatives on their phone. Unused tickets can then be managed and used at a later date, saving companies up to 5% on total travel spend annually.
When you simplify corporate travel management practices for employees and remove common business trip challenges, you’ll also have happier travelers, improving retention. And it doesn’t take the budget of a professional football team.
Take a Deem Travel and Expense Test Drive or get in touch with us to see how you can achieve better, faster, simpler corporate travel that allows your employees to bring their A game to every business trip.