By Uplift Contributor and Global Traveler: Patrick Gardner
Today, perhaps more than ever before, business is global. Companies have offices and staff across different continents, and people are constantly on the go for work. I’ve certainly met my fair share of corporate travelers hustling and bustling through the security gates at terminals.
However, it always seems like the people I’ve met who travel for work are tired, and are not excited by it. This suggests that burnout is common among those who travel long distances for work.
According to a 2015 article by Fast Company, business travel can be very bad for your health. In discussing these issues, author Michael Grothaus references Scott Cohen, deputy director of research of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. As a travel expert, Cohen points out that frequent travelers age faster, have weaker immune systems and are at a greater risk for mental health issues, among other things. Unsurprisingly, frequent flyers are also at a higher risk of obesity than the average person, largely due to a poor travel diet and lack of exercise opportunities while traveling.
It doesn’t end with health issues, though: oftentimes companies are at fault as well. Global Traveler reports that the average business worker travels 26 times a year and spends 84 nights away from home. The relationship between business travel and burnout within companies is fairly complex. According to Global Traveler, one-third of “road warriors” regularly experience travel-induced burnout, largely because they “work for companies that overemphasize the reduction of travel costs, are less likely to enjoy travel, less likely to follow travel policies, and less satisfied with the business outcomes of their trips”. Even those who are accustomed to frequent travel wish that their companies were more aware of their attitudes toward travel, and showed more appreciation for their sacrifice and flexibility.
If managers were more in-tune to their employees’ willingness to travel and understanding of the negative side of travel, workers would be happier and more productive, companies would have higher rates of retention, and it is likely they would be more successful as well.
In conclusion, it’s apparent that burnout among corporate travelers is a growing issue that has just started to be addressed by employers as they start to listen to their executives more and offer better on-the-go wellness and education programs. Today, technology startups are at the forefront of travel innovation. One of those companies is Uplift, which was crafted from Cambridge, MA by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Charles Krebs. Uplift addresses the devastating effects of jetlag, helping companies reduce executive burnout due to frequent corporate travel.
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