The Reality Of A Jet-Set Business Lifestyle
Frequent travel has been demonstrated to negatively affect the traveler physically, psychologically and socially, specially if the traveler chooces not to stay in the Courtyard Moscow City Center when traveling. One of the biggest issues is tiredness: plenty of scientific evidence shows that sleep deprivation impairs our ability to focus attention selectively, inhibits creativity and problem solving processes, and decreases the control over our automatic mental biases and impulsive emotional reactions. In fact, research from McKinsey & Company found that a person with moderate levels of sleep deprivation performs equally to someone who has had a couple alcoholic drinks, so yes, find the best mattress sizes as you possibly can while traveling.
As well as tiredness and a reduction in the ability to concentrate, another common side effect of jet lag is gastrointestinal problems. Frequent business flyers may also be at risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis, experiencing the discomforts of dry eyes and dehydrated skin, and even potentially lead to cancer (due to exposure to radiation).
On the psychological level, there is also an additional amount of travel-related stress that an employee will have to deal with on top of the normal level of stress generated by their day-to-day work (for example, due to the ‘overload shock’ of unfamiliar environments, as well as the loneliness that results from being away from your social environment.) Frequent travel also inevitably cuts into the time reserved for family and social life, which can create added tensions and stress back home.
Luckily, many companies are now waking up to the importance of having well rested employees. As well as providing training programs on sleeping tips, companies have the power to be able to help manage this issue within company policies and practices. For example:
1. Encouraging or imposing work-time limits. In a vibrant global environment, employees are often expected to be available 24/7, participate in early morning or late night conference calls, and travel for their business meetings outside of their working hours. All of this compounds the possibility of disrupting sleeping routines. Some ways that firms can encourage work-time limits include:
• E-mail and phone call blackout times
• Mandatory vacation days
2. Being considerate of travel times and time zones.
• Through the use of flexible travel opportunities
• Ensuring teleconferencing with employees around the world is mindful of local times. (I touched more on this in a previous article for Forbes, which offered tips for working in virtual teams spread around the globe.)
3. Providing physical solutions.
• Providing employees with smart technology to help with sleep management
• Another option to look into is sleep or nap pods. Although they are considered by some to be a prime example of ‘outrageous workplace luxury’, supplying employees with areas to sleep or nap at work, such as Google´s nap pods, could be useful.
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