With the spring holidays, it is tempting to extend a business trip by a few days of visit, or to bring your spouse to discover a new destination. But borders sometimes remain unclear within companies between the strict framework of the mission and its leisure extension. What precautions should be taken ?
Clearly separate the professional mission and its extension
While 68% of global business travelers report making at least one bleisure trip per year, some are giving up the idea of adding leisure to their business travel because of their employer’s perception. Asian travelers are more concerned (32%) than North Americans (20%) and Europeans (15%) according to Egencia.
Generally, during the entire period of the mission the employee performs for his employer, the employee is under the responsibility of the company.
It is therefore important for the employee to inform his employer of the dates of stay, and to clearly define the duration of the assignment and its extension. Some companies put in place specific procedures, such as authorization requests, specific insurance, travel management tools, which make it possible to distinguish between business and non-business expenses.
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Different types of bleisure
According to a HRS study, men stay longer on businesstrip and are more motivated to extend their stay for professional reasons. For 48% of them, this is an opportunity to build better links with their counterparts and their local contacts. In fact, the bleisure begins after the workday, with outings between colleagues or with clients, but in this case the professional mission still applies. Otherwise shopping (43%), cultural visits (32%) and sports (27%) are the main activities practiced on business trip according to the latest MagicStay study.
It is different when a business traveler prolongs one’s stay to discover a destination, which remains the most important criterion for deciding whether or not to make a bleisure trip.
When the destination is “worth it”, 1/3 of employees take advantage of their trip to bring their family. It is therefore important to separate transport and accommodation reservations, for example by asking for separate invoices and ensuring adequate coverage.