It’s that time of year again.

As you pull your Christmas jumper out the back of the wardrobe and nab yourself another mince pie (just one more…), now is a great opportunity to reflect on how your travel programme has gone during 2018.

With travel now taking up such a large proportion of spend for most organisations, reviewing your travel programme may seem like a daunting task.

So as an early Christmas present to you, we’ve broken it down into 4 key metrics. So settle in, take one more mince pie and a cup of tea (who’s counting anyway?!) and review your travel programme in the last 12 months.

Spend

What’s your overall spend looking like this year? Is it up or down from this time last year? And is there anything that initially springs to mind as to why that is?

While you’ll be waiting until financial year end to review this fully, take the time now to acquaint yourself with how the majority of the year has gone, so you’re not met with a shock in March.

Travel split

That’s how your travel spend is split across travel types. Generally, this should be pretty stable, but changes to the operations or locations of your business will have an impact.

Maintaining an awareness for this both year on year and quarter to quarter will keep you in the know regarding the actual movements of your travellers.

Compliance

Just like Santa, see which of your travellers have been naughty and nice this year. Compliance can be affected by a number of things – some of which you will have control over and some you won’t.

Knowing how your compliance is doing throughout the year is the first step to a more successful travel policy, so keep it in check now and make an early resolution to keep an eye out for it regularly next year.

Lead times

Now you’re into the nitty-gritty. If there’s one thing your travellers should know about supporting the organisation’s travel budget, it’s booking in advance.

This is very much a behavioural aspect, so look to see if the behaviour of your bookers has changed since last year or even since the summer. As workloads fluctuate throughout the year, bookers may forget to book until last minute, so see where they could be reminded and supported through this.

 

And there you have it, a full year’s review of your business travel. And what a year it’s been!

A Merry Christmas and festive wishes from all at Click Travel.

 

About the Author:

Maddy is Click Travel’s Content Manager and is responsible for all of our digital and print content, packaging up and presenting the wealth of expertise at Click in a way that works for you.