Airlines Cash In as Flexible Work Changes Travel Patterns
Flexible work is becoming the norm. Companies are looking for ways to help their employees transition to their flexible work arrangements sooner, without sacrificing their overall benefits.
Employers are increasingly looking to offer employees a way to work from home. At the same time, they are considering ways to make it easier for employees to transition to telecommuting arrangements.
One such way is by offering work from home options that allow employees to take short trips and work from anywhere in the world.
Airlines are an example of a company with work from home offerings in its arsenal, and are using this flexibility to its own advantage.
As of 2013, American Airlines offers employees a flexible work options package that provides six-month paid trip credits to the MileagePlus program. American Airlines employees can take a short-term trip to a destination in the United States for as much as 20 percent of their base monthly pay.
Meanwhile, American Airlines has a FlexiHire program that offers employees up to a year of paid telecommuting at $1 per hour, for trips up to 30 hours.
These programs allow for more flexibility for American’s 6,000 employees who travel a majority of the time.
The latest in a string of airlines to offer work from home options is Skytrax, a subsidiary of Skyline Airlines. Skytrax offers the employee work from home program, which allows up to four hours a day for up to two years. The carrier said it offers the option due to the “increasing demand for flexible and remote work.”
While this flexibility is being offered to employees, the carrier is also giving employees the opportunity to spend time with their families, which is a welcome change to current work culture that often sees employees work to the point of collapse.
“Our staff work tirelessly to make our customers’ travel dreams come true, but after work they often crave a little down time with their families,” said Mark Pritchett, Skytrax Chief Operating Officer. “Skytrax has created a new path for employees who want to be able to work from home and spend time with their families, and we’re