Why Travel Safety Training Is Essential | Thought Leadership Thursday
Why Travel Safety Training Is Essential: Video Transcript
Hello, and welcome. In today’s Thought Leadership Thursday, we want to speak about if it is right to travel without Travel Safety training. You’ve heard us speak a lot, and we’ve had a lot of great engagement and views and ideas on the difference of Travel Safety training, but today I want to put out a few myths or a few reasons that people don’t provide it, and I want to actually challenge that, and say that I don’t think that’s correct, and give you the reasons why.
I’ve had the pleasure of being in this industry for many years, working around the globe with a whole host of organizations that will provide an email brief, to a whole week of Travel Safety training or hostile environments training, depending on where they’re going. I want to talk about three main reasons why people tell me that they don’t need or don’t provide Travel Safety training.
Low-Risk vs High-Risk Countries
The first is that travellers are going to low-risk countries, and they don’t need it because that’s only for high-risk countries. That’s not correct, and that doesn’t provide traveller with enough of the tools that they need to stay safe when travelling overseas. If you take the UK alone, in the last 4 months, we’ve seen several terror attacks in what would be classed as a low-risk country.
I don’t believe this is an adequate reason for why people shouldn’t have Travel Safety training. It might vary from low-risk to high-risk what type of training, and the duration and the length that they have, but for anyone travelling to a low-risk country, I believe that you should provide a safe working environment for them, and that requires Travel Safety training.
The second one is they’re experienced, and they’ve been travelling for many years, and they know what to do. This is complacency, and it’s not an acceptable reason not to provide Travel Safety training. Scams develop all the time, and criminals are always looking at how to look forwards and take your credit cards, your wallet, your passport, or even to take you. You need to understand how to keep up to speed and up to date with all the different scams, and how to stay safe during this time, or the time that you travel.
Finally, it’s size. People say, “I’ve only got 10 employees” or “I’ve got 50,000.” “I can’t afford to do it” or “I can’t find a solution that’s scalable enough”. This is a reason that would be out of date now. Technology has bought Travel Safety training into your hands, and on every mobile device you can be trained, and know what to do, how to stay safe, when you travel. You can get a scalable and cost-effective solution.
As I said, I’ve worked with some great companies around the world, and I’ve also seen many companies that bury their heads in the sand, and my view is that anyone who travels should have Travel Safety training. An employer needs to provide a safe working environment for their individuals when they travel, and to do this they need to provide Travel Safety training.
But if you think I’m wrong, or you’ve got some other views, I’d love to hear from you, and would like you to share what your experiences are so we can discuss them in great detail.
Many thanks. Bye.
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