It may seem like your best option is to keep your workers on the job as much as possible, at least during the normal work week. However, there are a number of compelling reasons that letting your employee take that trip, or even encouraging it, might be a better move for the employee, the office, and the company as a whole. And now that everything is online, its even easier to find information about travel, such as the travel resources and how-tos on FindHow.com. See if these reasons don’t motivate you to suggest a vacation to your employees:
Employee burnout is a fact of life at almost every job. Whether it’s stress related or based on a lack of real challenge, just about everyone will feel frustrated with their job at some point. Travel gives your employees a chance to step back and change the scenery. Sometimes spending a week or so in an exciting new location is all it takes for an employee to come back rested and excited for work. Burned out employees will often slow production, lose motivation, make mistakes, and even quit in search of greener pastures. Keeping your team motivated is important to the entire organization, not just the individual who spent a weekend at a beach house.
2.) Encourage an Exchange of Ideas
Travel is an excellent chance to share information and ideas with other people and companies, especially if you send your employees to a conference. The free exchange of ideas means that companies can learn from each other’s mistakes and triumphs, meaning no one has to completely reinvent the wheel. Learning that other companies have struggled with the same issues as yours has can be affirming, and trying ideas that other companies have found useful will lead to much faster trouble shooting.3.) Develop Creative Problem Solving
Travel expands the mind and challenges assumptions. One of the best ways to get your employees to start thinking outside the box is encouraging them to travel, especially abroad. Experiencing and working within another culture and another language forces an individual to find unique solutions and think in new ways. Immersing in another culture is an excellent way to see the benefits and the downfalls of your own. Employees bringing back a broader, global understanding will improve the office culture and encourage creative thinking.
4.) Foster Flexibility
The unique challenges of travel can be an excellent teacher. Planes get delayed or canceled, luggage gets lost, sites may be closed or not what you expected them to be. The goal of travel, however is usually enjoyment or personal growth. This creates a unique condition where your employee will meet with frustrations, but must deal with them or let them go in order to achieve his or her goals of having a good time. Travel is often expensive, which increases the pressure to enjoy oneself in spite of frustrations or set backs. This can create a positive attitude of flexibility and cheer in the face of challenges like no seminar or speech ever could.
5.) Create Networking Opportunities
The globe is becoming more interconnected every day, and what starts as a stranger on a plane may become the business opportunity of tomorrow. Whether on a specific company trip or simply out to enjoy themselves, your employees may be creating a wider network of professionals who they and even you may be able to draw on in the future. This fosters communication and opens doors that would have remained closed without that personal relationship. Some of your employees will be naturally talented at making those connections while others may not no where to start. A short professional enrichment lesson on networking when you know a number of your employees are about to travel might help both the individuals in their careers and your company as a whole.
6.) Create Company Loyalty
Anyone would work harder for a company they love, and most people will be far more willing to put in the extra hours for a company that has demonstrated they care about their workers. Encouraging travel and other personal enrichment makes your employees feel valued and your work environment more positive.
Travel is a challenging and enriching experience. The relaxation, lessons, and new connections that your employees find in their travels will improve the atmosphere in the office, increase productivity, and may lend itself to some create solutions to your future challenges.