One of the easiest ways to create a work/life imbalance is a heavy business travel schedule keeping employees away from home for days or weeks at a time. That goes a long way to explaining why nearly half of the 255 business travel managers surveyed recently have seen a demand for improved work/life balance.
In fact, improving work/life balance is modern business travelers' top priority, according to a new study published last week by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and American Express Global Business Travel.
The study, "Meet the Modern Business Traveler
," [registration required] found that 46 percent of business travel managers have seen an increase this year in the number of business travelers inquiring about improved work/life balance.
Because business trips can disrupt their wellness efforts -- including healthy eating, exercise, and sleep -- 23 percent of business travelers are asking for time off as compensation for time spent traveling, according to the findings.
"Modern business travelers are less frenetic and more deliberate. They travel for two reasons: to meet their corporate objectives and to support their life's objectives. For a growing number of them, the first is meaningless if it doesn't contribute to the second," said ACTE Executive Director Greeley Koch. "Younger business travellers are more conscious of what they eat, how they exercise, and the amount and quality of the sleep they get. They know that all of these factors arethe basis of wellness, and they are less willing to abandon their wellness agendas when travelling. They also know that wellness of body and spirit provide advantages when negotiating sales contracts for their companies. Modern business travellers are also more aware, and demanding, of the recovery time between trips."
In fact, the issue is so important that one quarter of the travel managers surveyed "are developing new key performance indicators based on the traveller experience," Koch added.