Four “strategic enablers” are allowing Siemens to transform its corporate travel program into an end-to-end powerhouse, the company’s travel leader Steven Schoen told Business Travel News.
In the in-depth interview, which followed his recent recognition as BTN’s 2017 Travel Manager of the Year, Schoen said Siemens can measure end-to-end productivity gains in years of labor saved—not hours. The German global electronics and industrial engineering giant is a BCD Travel client.
Here’s an overview of Siemens’ four strategic enablers, which are more about “wowing the traveler” than about savings, Schoen told BTN:
- Driving an ownership culture by putting employees and their first-line managers at the center of travel booking and expense decisions.
- Digitalization of a mobile-centric travel booking and expense reimbursement process on the Concur platform.
- Simplification of travel program structures and processes to boost employee productivity, satisfaction and retention.
- Transparency in who’s empowered to make travel decisions—and who’s accountable for the results.
“Things are moving quickly, and there has to be a willingness to evolve. Siemens leadership encourages ‘bold moves,’ which I’ve always promoted with my teams,” Schoen said. “Taking on big changes is challenging, but it is exciting.”
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