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Jun 9, 2020

Open for Business Podcast: How Remote Companies Think About Business Travel

Samantha Shankman

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The way we work is changing. Major tech companies from Facebook to Twitter have announced that employees can continue to work remote -- and many others are considering a similar move.

In a world in which remote work replaces traditional offices, corporate travel is positioned to play an even more important role in the lives of professionals than before. The value and importance of in-person connections and conversations haven’t gone away -- and organizations with remote employees will need to navigate this real balance. A dispersed workforce still needs to meet regularly as a company or team, with customers and prospects, as well as attend training, conferences, and events -- all of which require travel.

In-person connections will be what makes remote work -- and all of its benefits -- possible for millions of more people. Business travel should be something that we look forward to -- we have the technology available today to make booking, check-in, and changes easier than organizing a daily commute. Whereas employees once took a train daily to the office, they’ll now take a plane or train quarterly for a meetup.

We’re not on our own in figuring this out. There are enterprises and leaders who’ve long understood the benefits of remote work complemented by regular business travel who can help guide us on this new path.

Today we sit down with Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, and Job van der Voort, Founder and CEO of Remote, to talk through the elevated role of business travel in remote-first companies, and how distributed workforces will come together to fuel the in-person connections that enable employees to build relationships, close deals and drive growth in the future.

In this episode of Open for Business: A Corporate T&E Podcast, we’ll discuss:

  • Why business travel is essential for remote companies
  • How business travel will change for remote employees
  • The right cadence for business travel amongst remote employees
  • How travel policies should shift in a remote business
  • How HR professionals should approach business travel
  • How finance leaders can think through the shift from office spend to business travel spend
  • Why business travel is poised to become more thoughtful and humanized

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