Let’s begin this one with international and business travel. Many conferences, trade shows and fairs are cancelled are postponed this year, so there’s less of a reason for employees to have to travel because of work. For some jobs, travel is pertinent; we recommend that HR and L&D managers work to ensure employees don’t feel any kind of pressure to travel if they’re not comfortable with it.
HR and L&D managers will also need to invest a lot of time, effort and resources and work closely with IT, marketing and even the C-suite to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place for conferences and events all going virtual. And for those instances when travel is just unavoidable, consider providing different options for employees beyond air travel – car rentals, rail, and so on.
Additionally, a lot of European countries are planning on opening their borders on June 15, if the situation keeps improving, and does not deteriorate in the meantime. Anticipate that a lot of your employees may slowly start to ask for time off. Holidays that weren’t taken in the first half of the year are going to be clamored for in the latter half of 2020 (again, assuming the situation keeps improving).
Now may be the time to start planning with your teams, to ensure not everyone is gone at once, but also bear in mind that a lot of folks – yourself included! – might really benefit from a much-needed getaway, especially to visit a friend or loved one once the opportunity comes.