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The travel mobility manager today and in three years between courage and valorization

Who is the travel mobility manager today? Thus opened the fourth national convention of Aitm, an Italian association that trains and brings together business travel professionals who increasingly expand their skills in the management of corporate mobility. «We want to inaugurate the first think tank of travel and mobility managers never seen in our sector – argues the president Paolo Tedescosecurity and mobility manager in Sogei -: in the coming months we will send the proposals to the institutions ».

He continues: «We have already presented to the Ministry of Ecological Transition a policy document. There is an urgent need to accelerate on area mobility managers, of which many, too many municipalities still lack. We contacted all the municipalities, with poor feedback. We fear that the funds allocated will not be fully allocated. However, on the part of the representatives of the Ministry we have found a good willingness to dialogue ”.

Travel mobility manager: the road to enhancement

The opening of the president of Aitmm turned to the skills that the relatively new professional figure must develop. By the way, we know that theat the deadline for submitting home-work travel plans (Pscl) this year is anticipated to November 22nd. As established by article 9 of the Decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition n. 179 of 12 May 2021 (download it from here).

German observes: «However, it is an understatement to say that the mobility manager takes care of Pscl or that the travel manager of the business trips: the pandemic has expanded its reach beyond their respective areas of expertise. In addition, the NRR has put sustainable mobility and tourism at the center of the country’s priorities. Finally, the Ministry of Health has also placed the mobility manager “at the center of control” of the pandemic. It is clear that the path of valorisation has been traced ».

Hence, the convention opened at the working tables, led by business coaches and from ambassador of the association.

The convention venue was 21WOL – hotel and co-working space in Milan

Travel Mobility Managers’ work tables

The groups have developed four themes, with the aim of tracing the today and tomorrow (three years) of their profession. The common denominator that emerged is in three key words: courage, awareness and appreciation.

The working group on “Evolutionary scenarios of the travel process ” it has placed among its priorities «the courage to change and to question oneself, in order to change the organizational model. Without panic. It is always better to act, to prevent passive reactions to external agents “, he explained Christian Marcellomobility manager of Ocme, a Parma-based company that designs and manufactures packaging machines.

The vision three years of this table provides a decisive change of role of the travel manager: «Covid-19 has opened the opportunity to emerge with one’s own skills; training becomes “the key”; the multidisciplinary team in the company take shape; you will travel less but of more quality; technology will be breakthrough to eliminate the activities with little added value».

Role and new strategic objectives of TMM today and in three years

How will the role of the most complete figure of travel mobility managerin three years?

The table of Rachele Mancinellitravel manager of Guala Closures: “First of all, he will have the courage to emerge in his role: sharing is the first keyword. Getting known inside and outside the company is the first step. For us too, “training” is an awareness that emerged, but not without planning for better structure the work».

Of business mobility debated the pool accompanied by Simona Garottatravel and fleet manager of Epta, an industrial refrigeration company.

The professional explains: «For us the roadmap medium term is a relationship with the community to share the goal of CO2 reduction, which in the company translates into changing fleets and choosing compatible suppliers to continue the mission together. Also, businesses need to accomplish communication plans who explain all this to the community of colleagues. Finally, every individual should be incentivized to collaborate for the common goal “.

Participated by International Sosthe working group on travel security has identified in “support, integrated system and awareness” the context in which the evolution of the professional role moves.

L’ambassador di Aitmm Federica Berto, travel manager of Impresa Pizzarotti, observes: «We feel the need for an overall involvement in the company and among suppliers in order to have maximum support. In three years it would be desirable to have an integrated system for Covid19 information and it would be optimal for companies to identify a security opportunity as well as a task in the pandemic. What can we do? Be aware of the role of security facilitator».

In this regard, it is very interesting that among the output final emerges the need for create crisis teams in the company. Like the companies of oil and gas always have.

Learn more about the resources in Italian on the international Sos website.

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