TRAVELERS - EXPATS/SAFETY RULES
DON'T BE AN EASY TARGET
Get organized so you won’t be one anymore!
Any employee traveling on business in France or abroad is exposed to more or less important safety risks depending on the country in question.
First of all, because he is far from home, and therefore from his cultural and habitual points of reference.
Secondly, because he becomes a target. If we take the example of a French employee, we will note that like any Westerner, he himself represents a market value while on his national territory, but even more so when crossing its borders. This value is best expressed by the importance of the commercial act he is involved in. At the other end of the commercial chain, his value can also be expressed in a terrorist act (kidnapping for ransom or blackmail, assassination to obtain a political result), and in the terms of these exchanges, he is not only a passive actor but above all an equity, and even more so, a victim.
Between these two extremes of the exchange spectrum, his commercial value is expressed according to the numerous forms of delinquency and banditry, (theft, extortion, aggression, cybercrime…). The safety of employees and associates has therefore become a priority for the company, but also an obligation.
Thus, the safety risks a French person is exposed to abroad make him an identified target or an opportunistic target.
Prior to moving abroad or going on a business trip, the immediate safety of every citizen is largely based on understanding the notion of culture shock. It is important to understand that crossing borders can mean a sometimes-radical change of environment where cultural, social, religious references and customs are no longer the same. Changing one’s behavior and adapting to the new environment are the first guarantee of creating an immediate safety bubble around the expatriate and his family.
If the tourist’s trip is the object of a more or less meticulous preparation under the traveler’s own responsibility, the employer must not overlook the safety of his employees and must organize it on several levels.
Because the risk of expatriates and/or business travelers is real and the need to travel is too, companies that realize the importance of protecting and providing support to their employees abroad can now have the means to conduct their activities in conditions that guarantee their safety.
This requires training and awareness of the risks that business travelers may face, how to prevent them, anticipate them, avoid them and face them.