Gone are the days of employment that demanded you shape up or ship out when it comes to company outlook; it seems that the modern workforce is finally becoming #woke. When it comes to attracting (and keeping) talent, companies of the future are activating every perk under the sun from smart, affordable housing to wellness programs, knowing full well that investment in people equals bottom line profit.
As such, the modern employee is recognising just how productive they can be if a little bit of life manages to find its way into work. Enter ‘bleisure’: a mix of the business and leisure trip that allows employees to get a micro-holiday, while employers are afforded a happier, more creative colleague upon return. As we spend more time travelling and staying connected, it’s more apparent than ever that travel and work aren’t two disparate concepts.
“Many organisations are now recognising that their employees are working harder than ever, so are offering a certain level of flexibility as reward for this,” Claire O’Mahony, Flight Centre Business Travel manager, confirms. “For example, if the traveller wishes to stay in Melbourne for the weekend after their work week finishes and fly home on the Sunday instead, then this is [often] encouraged.”
Like so many work perks that are increasingly being worked into employee contracts, relaxed rules around travel for work, of course has its benefit for employees who can zip to a gallery in SoHo between meetings, as well as the hidden, bottom-line bonuses for companies too.
“It promotes a good work-life balance, means you’ll have well-travelled and well-cultured employees, is considered a ‘gift’ to the employee, but in actual fact can save the employer money,” Claire says. “A fight from Melbourne-Sydney on a Sunday night is quite often a lot cheaper than a flight on a Friday at 6pm during peak-hour. The employee thinks their company is forward-thinking and flexible, and the employer has content staff and a hard-dollar saving.”
This US-based study even shows that employees would be 30 per cent more likely to accept a lower salary for a job that includes travel.
You do the maths.