Magazine article Management Review

Beating the Business Travel Blues

Magazine article Management Review

Beating the Business Travel Blues

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BEATING THE BUSINESS TRAVEL BLUES

While travel has a necessary role in the business world, the stress associated with it can be curbed - if not eliminated - by conscientious self-management. Richard Leider, a career counselor with Taking Charge, a consulting firm located in Minnesota, believes that business travel needs have wrongly taken priority over many other needs in employees' lives, causing undue stress within the family circle.

According to Leider, the problem usually develops early in life, before most immediate familial relations are formed. When businesspeople are single, they can travel all they want as they climb the company ladder, with no one to answer to but themselves. As time goes on, these methods become ingrained in their job attitude and personal value system. Although these techniques work well for the individual, they become detrimental when incorporated into the family unit.

"Although quantity of travel, and the pressure to do business, can be seen as a cause," Leider says, "supressed communication is the main culprit of most travel-related stress." Chronic travellers rarely, if ever, discuss needs with their employer or family. As a result, they often become visitors in their own home due to their out-of-control work habits and skewed order of priorities.

Being constantly torn between the role of provider and the role of parent/ spouse, they repress their emotional needs rather than deal with them head on. The family left behind also represses its needs. Leider points out that while such methods of coping may seem to solve the problem in the short term, they inevitably become self-destructive in the long run, causing the restrained emotions to be expressed in a negative manner. …

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