The New Strategies Around One-Day Business Trips

Travel will look a lot different at pharmaceutical company UCB once restrictions ease, because employees are about to be quizzed when they book a trip that doesn’t involve an overnight stay.

The decision to question their motives comes as the company strives to make meetings more meaningful, and lower its carbon emissions — but it could backfire, as experts warn the trend might lead to staff manipulating the system.

UCB’s volume of corporate travel was down 90 percent in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. Like most companies, it adapted to virtual meetings.

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