Business travel is on the rise. And with the increasing number of professionals taking to the skies each year, some are taking a hard look at their travel policy.

This New York Times article takes an interesting look at the impact the tight job market has on business travel.  People who travel frequently for work, especially executives and top-performers, are increasingly negotiating the terms of business travel when accepting an offer. The evidence shows that business travelers are in the driver’s seat now more than ever. And they want direct flights, first class seats on long hauls and the ability to pick their own itineraries.

Companies are taking note. Many employers looking to retain their top performers and attract new talent to their ranks are exploring ways to make business travel a little more pleasant. And with stats like this, they can’t afford not to: