Travelling for work is a unique opportunity to increase your cultural background and live new experiences. In addition to the small measures that can be introduced to limit fatigue, the food and fitness proposals that allow you to maintain the physical and mental well-being, even in the most challenging situations, combine the business trip to moments of pleasure and relaxation - the so-called bleisure - can be a viable solution.
Let's see what this is about and why it is important to regulate it in travel procedures, in the following article.
Bleisure makes employees happier and also benefits the company
Mixing work, culture and relaxation during business trips can be an extremely effective way for employees to take advantage of time away from home, visiting new places and discovering new cultures while abroad for work.
In this way, the boundaries between work and leisure are broken. An evil? Not exactly.
Business travel should not be a cause of fatigue for the employee, for this reason, if he has to spend the entire weekend traveling, an experienced travel manager can provide some tips to make the experience positive and unforgettable.
If the company chooses to include restorative initiatives in its travel policies, the trip can help to improve the employee's well-being, with positive consequences on workplace performance as well.
We have identified 4 reasons why bleisure would help to improve the traveler's work-life balance. Here are the reasons.
1. Often, during business trips, the day begins and ends in a frantic way, with a few minutes of break to devote to themselves, with the haste to return home. Inviting the employee to take some time to visit a museum, take a walk, dine quietly or enjoy a moment of relaxation can only have a positive effect both on the away work activities and once back home.
2. For the business traveller, coming back from a business trip and having nothing to say about his destination, apart from the hotel room and the means of transport used to move, could be frustrating. This certainly does not encourage his satisfaction, because he does not perceive the business trip as an opportunity not to be missed, even at the individual level, as well as professional.
3. Travel allows you to build memories and feel emotions that you could not live at home, so they make you happy. Why not turn business travel into an unforgettable experience, into something to tell? It is good to highlight how a pleasant and satisfying business trip makes the employee feel satisfied, happy and tied to the company for which he works, which will result in better performance and greater involvement.
4. Allowing the employee to add a few days for himself to the business trip will make him feel appreciated, listened to and motivated, will tend to be more faithful and will contribute to the spread of an image capable of attracting the best talent in the company.
It is important, therefore, that the business traveller carves out a few moments after a business meeting - or at the end of the day - to devote time to himself.
Sometimes, however, this is not enough, and trying to fit the best commitments, you get to the end of the day exhausted.
The best solution is therefore to allow and invite employees to add a few more days to the business trip, to be dedicated exclusively to their own well-being, in doing so, will be able to give the most in the days actually working, knowing that they have a "reward" at the end. Having already paid for the trip and invested the time to plan it, it can be a way to grant a small holiday before returning, perhaps involving family members, according to what is provided by company policies.
The traveler-employee will be satisfied, happy and increasingly inclined to business trips, perceiving them as an opportunity to visit a new place and to live positive experiences, feeling also more morally and emotionally linked to the company.