SINGAPORE, 13 November 2019: The two biggest worries that affect frequent business travellers, worldwide, are home life deterioration and putting pressure on colleagues, independent research commissioned by CWT, the travel management platform revealed.
When it comes to their personal life, 22% believe their business travel commitments erode the quality of their relationships and home life.
Another 21% worry their families think they prefer travelling for work more than their day-to-day home life responsibilities.
On the professional side, 22% feel guilty that their colleagues have to bear the load of their work during their absence, 21% stress over spending too much time with co-workers or clients, and 14% are concerned about the difficulty of staying in touch with people in their main office.
“Even though the same research reveals that business travellers feel that positives outweigh negatives at work (92%) and at home (82%) when travelling for business, companies need to be aware of the concerns that business travellers face and help to address them head-on,” said , CWT’s EVP and chief human resources officer, Catherine Maguire-Vielle.
“Relationships are a fundamental part of a person’s wellbeing, and companies have an obligation to ensure their employees’ travels are not jeopardizing them at home or in the office.”
When looking at regional differences amongst frequent business travellers, Americans are in general the biggest worriers versus their European and Asia Pacific counterparts.
26% believe their home and personal relationships suffer versus 23% of Europeans and 18% of Asia Pacific travellers. 23% claim that spending too much time with co-workers or clients on the road can be stressful versus the same percentage of Europeans and 19% of Asia Pacific travellers. 22% are concerned that their families think they enjoy travelling for work more than their day-to-day homelife responsibilities versus 17% of Europeans and 23% of travellers from the Asia Pacific.
That said, Americans are less concerned about the difficulty of staying in touch with people in their main office (13% versus 14% of Europeans and Asia Pacific travellers) and co-workers picking up the slack (16% versus 25% of Asia Pacific travellers and 24% of Europeans).
Boomers in the Asia Pacific and Europe are more likely to say that home and personal relationships suffer when they travel. However, in the Americas, Gen X travellers take the lead.
The Gen X travellers are also most worried about colleagues picking up the slack. They scored the highest percentage in the three regions.
Millennials score higher than the two other generations in every region when it comes to being concerned about their families believing that they enjoy travelling for work more than their day-to-day home life and responsibilities, and about the difficulty of staying in touch with people in their main office.
When it comes to the stress caused by spending too much time with co-workers or clients on the road, generational differences vary in every region. In Asia Pacific Millennials come first; in the Americas, Boomers and, in Europe, Gen X and Boomers are even.
About the survey
The survey was created by CWT and conducted by Artemis Strategy Group between 29 January and 9 February 2019. Responses were collected from more than 2,700 business travellers who travelled for business four or more times in the previous 12 months.
Respondents were from the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States), Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK) and Asia Pacific (Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore).