With spring holidays, it is tempting to extend your business trip by a few days, or to bring your spouse along to discover a new destination. But the boundaries sometimes remain blurred within companies between the strict framework of the mission and its leisure extension. What precautions should be taken?

A good framework for the mission and its extension

While 68% of the world’s business travellers report making at least one holiday trip per year, some give up adding leisure to their business trips because of the perception that it would be perceived by the employer. Asian travellers are more concerned (32%) than North Americans (20%) and Europeans (15%) according to Egencia.

In fact, throughout the time of the mission they perform for their employer, employees are under the responsibility of the company, according to French case law*.

It is therefore important for the employee to inform his employer of the dates of his stay, and to clearly define the duration of his mission and its extension. Some companies set up specific procedures, such as requests for authorisation, specific insurance, travel management tools, which make it possible to distinguish between professional and non-professional expenses.

You will find here short term rentals in Paris that will allow you to extend your stay and take advantage of a weekend to discover the capital of France with its many historical monuments.

Different forms of bluing

According to a study by HRS, it is men who stay on the move longer and are more motivated by professional reasons. For 48% of them, it is an opportunity to make better connections with their counterparts and contacts on the spot. Indeed, the bluing starts after the working day, with outings between colleagues or with customers, but in this case the framework of the assignment still applies.  Otherwise shopping (43%), cultural visits (32%) and sports (27%) are the main activities practiced on the move according to the latest MagicStay study.

This is not the case when you extend your stay to discover a destination, which remains the most important criterion for deciding whether or not to make a blueberry trip.

When the destination is “worth it”, 1/3 of employees take advantage of a trip to bring their family. It is therefore important to keep transport and accommodation bookings well separated, for example by asking for separate invoices and ensuring adequate insurance.

  • since 2001, the employee has been entitled to the protection provided by Article L.411.1 of the Social Security Code during his assignment.

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