Steps forward | Business Travel News Europe: Maiden Voyage, a consultancy specializing in promoting safety and wellbeing for travelers in diverse workforces, recently created a video for a corporate client. The video features business travelers with physical and mental challenges, including a lawyer with autism who struggles with airport check-in and security due to his compulsive need to re-check his belongings. The lawyer also faces challenges in social settings on the aircraft, as he has a strong interest in air accidents and struggles to understand social cues telling him to stop discussing the topic. However, there is good news for neurodivergent individuals, as their challenges are starting to be recognized and they are articulating what would help them navigate business trips or events. ITM head of events, Stacey Dean, states that people are becoming more open about needing quiet time and that creating a quiet space at conferences has been well-received.
Steps forward | Business Travel News Europe
Business travel can be challenging for neurodivergent individuals, especially in unfamiliar locations, processes, and social settings. However, there is progress in recognizing and addressing these challenges. Maiden Voyage, a consultancy specializing in promoting safety and wellbeing for diverse workforces, recently created a video featuring business travelers with physical and mental challenges. One interviewee, a lawyer with autism, shared his experiences of compulsively re-checking his belongings at airport check-in and security, which often arouses suspicion. He also struggles with social cues and discusses air accidents with fellow passengers. ITM, the Institute of Travel Management, has recognized the need for quiet spaces at conferences to accommodate the needs of neurodivergent individuals. This reflects a growing openness and understanding of the challenges faced by these travelers.
Recognizing Challenges and Articulating Needs
Neurodivergent individuals are starting to articulate what would help them navigate business trips and events. For example, the lawyer with autism in the video shared his experiences and challenges, highlighting the need for understanding and support. ITM, through its wellness survey, has identified the importance of providing quiet spaces at conferences. This allows individuals to have a break from overwhelming social settings and promotes their wellbeing. By recognizing these challenges and actively seeking ways to address them, organizations and event planners can create a more inclusive and accommodating environment for all attendees.