With the spring holidays, it’s tempting to extend your business trip with a few days of visitation, or to bring your spouse to discover a new destination. But the boundaries within companies sometimes remain blurred between the strict framework of the mission and its leisure extension. What precautions should be taken?
Framing the mission and its extension
While 68% of global business travellers report making at least one feeble trip per year, some do not want to add leisure to their business trips because of the employer’s perception of it. Asian travellers are more concerned (32%) North Americans (20%) And Europeans (15%) according to Egencia.
Indeed, during the entire time of the mission he performs for his employer, the employee is under the responsibility of the company, according to French jurisprudence.
It is therefore important for the employee to inform his employer of his dates of stay, and to clearly define the duration of his mission and its extension. Some companies put in place specific procedures, such as application for authorisation, specific insurance, travel management tools, which allow to distinguish between professional or non-professional expenses.
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Different forms of bleisure
According to an HRS study, it is men who stay longer on the road and are more motivated by professional reasons. For 48% of them, this is an opportunity to forge better links with their counterparts and their contacts on the spot. Indeed, the bleisure begins after the work day, by going out with colleagues or with clients, but in this case the framework of the mission still applies. Otherwise shopping (43%), cultural visits (32%) and sport (27%) are the main activities carried out on the move according to the latest MagicStay study.
This is not the case when extending your stay to discover a destination, which remains the most important criterion for deciding whether or not to make a trip
When the destination is “worth it,” 1/3 of employees take advantage of a trip to bring their families. It is therefore necessary to separate transport and accommodation bookings, for example by requesting separate invoices and ensuring adequately.
Since 2001, the employee has been entitled to protection under Article L.411.1 of the Social Security Code during his mission.