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Mastering business travel for mothers

9 January 2019 No Comment

It is not easy to be a working mom!

Life for working mums is go, go, go. Juggling the responsibilities of being a mother while maintaining a place in the workplace as an engaged, enthusiastic and organised employee can, without a doubt, be a struggle. Working mothers who are also required to travel for their work can find themselves in a situation that is even more challenging.

Preparing for a business trip can be stressful in any circumstances, but throw in having to find childcare, organising transport for your child while you’re gone and alleviating your child’s fears about you being away, and things can be even more challenging.

In a recent white paper, UK based business travel management specialist, CT Business Travel, included the results of a survey aimed at female business travellers. The results of this survey shed light on what it’s like to travel for work as a woman and highlight a few of the ways mothers can make travelling for business a little bit easier.

Plan Ahead

Many mothers find a great deal of comfort and relief (and have a real talent for) staying one step ahead. From running a whole household to staying on top of things at work, one of the only ways to remain on track is to be prepared, organised and plan ahead. This is potentially even truer if you are a mother who must travel for work.

Of the women surveyed, 40% preferred to arrange their travel between two weeks and a month in advance. When asked to elaborate, survey participants listed reasons like allowing time to organise childcare and having enough time to get ready for the trip and prepare everything at home. Allowing yourself extra time to get everything organised can make the process much easier and leave mothers assured that they’ve had time to arrange the best childcare while they’re away.

Be Smart About Your Safety

For many mothers, the thought of leaving their children behind overnight or for an extended period of time can bring about uneasy feelings. Some women may also worry about their safety while they are away and can be anxious to return to their children. Researching your destination can also help prepare you appropriately and make you aware of any safety precautions that you should follow.

Many of the women in the survey stated that they would avoid travelling to certain destinations. Anyone, male or female, travelling for business should consider this and speak up about it if they have concerns about the destination their work may be requesting they travel to. 61% stated that they’d avoid travel to countries that are hotspots for dangerous activity, while 50% would avoid areas of political unrest, and 46% would avoid areas with high crime rates.

From simple practices like not sharing your location on social media, travelling with colleagues to researching female friendly hotels, and taking advice posted on the foreign travel advice website, there are many ways to ensure your safety and help you rest at ease knowing that you’ll return safely to your children at the end of the business trip.

Understand Duty of Care Procedures

Your employer has a responsibility for your wellbeing when you are travelling for your role. Having a firm understanding of your employer’s duty of care policies and procedures can help make business travel more manageable for mothers. Knowing what to do if a flight is delayed or cancelled, or if you run into any other issues while travelling can make a huge difference. However, 49% of the women who participated in the survey admitted that they wouldn’t know what to do if they encountered a travel disruption or dangerous situation during their business trip.

Communication with your employer is vital, and anyone travelling for business has the right to know how they will be cared for should something disrupt their travel. This, combined with plenty of time to plan ahead and being smart about your safety is something that can make mothers, especially those who might be leaving young children for the first time, feel safer while travelling.

 

You can read the full white paper from CT Business Travel here.

 

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