Securewest | News
17 Dec 2018

Top 10 Travel Safety Resolutions Your Organisation Should Make in 2019

 

Read Securewest’s top 10 resolutions your organisation should make this year to improve your travel risk management program and increase your traveller’s safety.

 

1. Keep safety at the top of your agenda

Are your policies and procedures up to date, relevant and meet the requirements of legislation and best practice?

 

2. Get buy-in from senior management

A travel risk management program without backing from senior managers will fail because it won’t be seen as a high priority. The culture within your organisation is just as important as the processes you have in place.

 

3. Make duty of care your priority

You are responsible for the health, safety and security of your employees from both a moral and legal perspective. Making this a priority for your organisation could avoid negligence further down the line.

 

4. Prepare for the worst-case scenario

Ever heard of the saying… “by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail” well this is undoubtedly true for travel risk management. Make sure your strategy includes a Crisis Management Plan.

 

5. Do your research

Looking at trends and forecasts for the year ahead will inform your organisations approach. For example, does your policy consider “bleisure” (combining business travel with leisure time)? We’ve heard this trend is here to stay!

 

6. Be inclusive

A comprehensive program will support all individual travellers and may even go as far as having specific travel policies.  Safety requirements vary according to the individual, with some groups being at greater risk than others in certain places.

 

7. Communicate

Effective communication is essential to the success of your program. Ensure your staff know what to do in an emergency and how to access support and assistance wherever they are in the world.

 

8. Invest in the tools and resources to support your personnel

What does your program offer? Pre-travel training, advice, country assessments, risk alerts, tracking and access to a 24/7 response centre can make your personnel feel safer on their travels.

 

9. Embrace technology

Developments in technology are changing the way organisations are protecting their people, assets and reputation worldwide. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smart systems can help to immediately establish where travellers are and highlight emerging threats.

 

10. Raise awareness about cyber security

Cyber criminality is on the increase and fraudsters are using more sophisticated tactics. Threats include; theft or loss of equipment, identity theft, viruses and hacking, insecure wi-fi networks and payment fraud. Mitigate these risks by incorporating cyber protection into your program and raising awareness to employees on basic cyber security.

 

Regardless of what stage your organisation is at on their travel risk management journey these practical top tips will help you improve your traveller’s safety in the New Year!

 

Securewest provide travel risk consultancy, pre-travel training, regional threat assessments, travel alerts, check-in, monitoring, in country ground services and have a Global Response Centre operating 24/7/365. If we can be of service to your organisation please contact us for further information:

t. +44 (0)1548 856001 e. info@securewest.com