Travelling can be quite stressful for most of us, especially when travelling for business. With all the work that needs to be done you often also have to deal with so many side factors– being in a new environment every week, booking tickets and hotels, coping with flight delays and lines for taxis, spending restless nights in noisy hotel rooms or adjusting to different time zones. On a psychological level, there is an additional amount of stress that a traveller deals with on top of the “normal “stress produced by their everyday work.
Many organisations are realising how important it is to have well-rested employees and are looking for ways to make their travels comfortable and stress-free. Travellers themselves have also come up with a few interesting and useful ideas on how to travel for business smoothly.
What can companies do for you?
There are quite a few practices a good manager can establish in order to reduce the side effects every business traveller is experiencing on the road. Some of them require only a good will and common sense.
Set work-time limits
Those employees travelling for work should have email and phone call blackout times and we shouldn’t expect them to join an early morning or late night meeting. If you absolutely must have one, do so and have someone send the meeting minutes to those on the road and ask for feedback or discussion if needed.
Respect travel schedule and time zones
Check the travel agenda and pay attention to the time zone they are in. It is very simple and will help not to disrupt their sleeping routine.
Assist with technology
Technological innovation has given business travellers greater control over their own trips. In order to leverage this technological advance make sure the travelers are well equipped and aware that you or someone in your travel department are a swipe away to assist them should they need it. Technology can make traveling a more flawless experience.
What can you do for yourself?
For a start try packing light and travel with a carry-on only (if possible). That’s the way to go if you want to get out of the airport as quickly as possible. A good solution for your personal care products is a travel size container that can fit in your carry-on bag.
Choose the hotel wisely
Having a spacious room and a friendly face to return to after a long day can make all the difference when you are travelling for business. Choose a hotel where you will feel comfortable, especially if you keep coming back to the same place.
Living on fast food can take a toll on your health and mood. We know it is not really easy while on the road, but try and make the right food choices and keep yourself hydrated. And on top of that, if you can squeeze in any kind of exercise into your busy schedule, you will feel much more relaxed and productive.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks while on the road?
Manigo Team, March 2017