For many businessmen and women who must travel regularly it is hard to keep a strong focus on their family. As a corporate travel consultant for Altour and working mother, Sylwia Majtczak knows how hard it can be to leave family behind for a business trip. However, it is important to ensure a proper balance between traveling for your career and prioritizing family.
Many regular business travelers say the need to be constantly on the move between locations and the inability to spend time with family creates stress and frustration. Family members that are unable to join business trips can feel jealous of the business traveler or excluded from the traveler’s experiences. For a business traveler, each trip rarely includes time for sightseeing or vacationing and is generally filled with meetings and work instead. This can create tension and lead to more frustration and stress.
While away on a business trip, it is often difficult to call family every day. However, a call every two to three days can help everyone feel more comfortable. As well, directing the conversation to include activities the family is doing in your absence can build a sense of interest in them, minimizing the feeling of exclusion.
Most importantly, when you return home from a trip, make sure you are spending out of work hours engaging with family and friends. Sylwia Majtczak spends time with her daughter as often as they can, even if it is only over the phone. She knows this not only builds strong family ties but helps relieve the stress of a hard day at work.