Matthew Bradley joined International SOS and Control Risks as Regional Security Director, Americas in October 2014. Prior to joining International SOS, he was the Security Director for the largest mobile service provider in Honduras. Bradley spent 14 years with the CIA with overseas postings in Chile, Argentina and ultimately as Chief of Station Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Travel has been limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, as restrictions relax and organizations start to return to operations, we’re beginning to see an increase in business travel. In fact, in May, Business Travel News estimated that 31% of travelers expected to start planning business travel within the next month and 50% of meeting planners anticipated resuming meetings from the months of June to September.
Millions of people will travel all over the world for business throughout 2020, and it’s not without its risks. International SOS recently released its annual Travel Risk Outlook, unveiling the top threats business travelers will face this year. Today, we’ll look at the leading three predicted risks and the critical role that prevention plays in protecting employees against these threats as it relates to Duty of Care.
While organizations of all sizes have benefited from the efficiencies and conveniences of taking their business digital, it’s not without risks. Cybersecurity in today’s hyperconnected world is a necessity for large, medium and small businesses alike. Smaller businesses may be more prone to cyberattacks as they typically have fewer resources dedicated to cybersecurity.
Travel is constantly evolving and there always seem to be new, easier and efficient ways to conduct business while on-the-go. However, as the industry evolves, it’s important for travelers and businesses to stay up-to-date on new services and best practices to efficiently communicate with employees and ensure overall safety.
When traveling for business, it’s necessary for safety precautions to extend beyond the typical nine to five working parameters. Throughout the entirety of a business trip, business travelers should remain diligent around the clock, taking additional precautions to ensure their personal safety. There are several security measures both a business and its mobile workforce should keep in mind as they book business travel accommodations, check into their hotels in remote locations and conduct business while in an unfamiliar area.
With the rapid growth of business travelers, especially millennial business travelers, companies often find it difficult to manage travel safety, health and security of their employees. This rapid growth also brings changes to the diverse composition of a mobile workforce and the risks associated with it. As the modern workforce continues to grow, there is no one-size-fits all approach to answering questions surrounding workplace law and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) employees.
We are all just a step away from being affected by a potential medical or security incident, whether in the workplace, while traveling on business or simply going about everyday life. The importance of new employee education, new traveler education or a refresher course on travel risk preparedness cannot be understated.
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