Corporate travel expense policies are created for a reason: to provide clear guidelines for travellers, which saves the organisation money by minimising excessive or wasteful spend. As with all regulations, these policies are only effective if they’re adhered to. To achieve this, organisations need to make it easy for them to be followed and hard for them to be sidestepped.
How often does your organisation's expense policy get updated, and how does it address innovations in travel and travel technology? In order to keep your employees satisfied, you should ensure that your policy stays abreast of emerging travel trends.
Expense report software solutions can create huge volumes of data on employees' business travel spend. How can organisations use this to make smarter decisions?
Creating and Enforcing Expense Policies: The Happy Medium for Cost Control and Employee Satisfaction
Corporate travel and expense policies have long been a hot-button issue for HR departments. On one side are travelling employees, who want to be able to choose the airlines and hotel chains where they have high status, or select flights and lodgings that are more convenient for them. On the other side are CFOs and corporate controllers, whose primary focus is to manage costs and minimise unnecessary spend. While these may seem like two groups that will never find common ground, a combination of reasonable policies, intelligent enforcement, and smart technology tools can keep all parties happy.
It’s estimated that expense fraud committed by employees adds up to nearly $3 billion per year across North America. How can HR teams prevent this from happening at their organisation?
If your CFO or controller asked you to provide the organisation’s total travel spend over the past year, how would you get that data? The obvious (and traditional) answer is to ask for reports from your travel agency, breaking down hotel, flight and rental car costs. That should give you a pretty accurate figure, right? Well – not really.
Business travel is a topic that can engender huge differences in opinion among those whose jobs require them to spend time on the road. For some, it’s viewed as a perk, for others, a burden. Regardless of whether your employees love or loathe life on the road, it's essential to optimise the traveller experience.
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