THE BENEFITS OF ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO WORK AND TRAVEL AT THE SAME TIME
In our increasingly connected world, it’s becoming less crucial for teams to be based in the same office to achieve the results they need. So why not empower your employees to live, travel and work where they want to, and in turn encourage better employee morale and work ethic, for improved business results? Here are four reasons to let your employees travel while they work.
A change of scenery provides inspiration
We all know what it’s like to feel stuck on a project, only to go for a walk and the fresh air and new surroundings provide a new breakthrough in minutes. This is apparently why Steve Jobs declared there would be only one set of bathrooms in the whole Apple headquarters - so employees would have to walk, allowing time for ideas to sprout.
Now imagine if you could have that all of the time. Allowing employees to live, work and travel in new places provides brand new perspectives and ideas by the bucketload. This is of course important for people with creative professions, but being inspired by your surroundings can have tremendous impact on any kind of work.
Networking in new markets
Unless you work in logistics or international markets you might think this doesn’t apply to you. I’m not just talking about making new connections for business growth, though. Networking can be just as important for idea generation, problem solving, and moving your business into a new stage of growth. New contacts with different ideas and perspectives can be invaluable for any business.
Let’s face it, when you have less time, you work faster to get the job done. The more time you have, the slower things seem to go. If you’re travelling in a new city, where there are new places to explore, or you’re on a different time zone, meaning potentially shorter deadlines before your colleagues come online, you knuckle down to get the job done. Allowing your employees to work remotely forces them to take charge of their time management and workload, giving them ownership and freedom.
Personal growth equals professional growth
This is possibly the strongest argument in this case. If an excellent, loyal employee feels restless, or has an urge to explore beyond their home town for a time, allowing them to work remotely while they travel could be the smartest business move you make. Our personal and professional lives are so intertwined that feeling personally inspired and fulfilled - whether that’s travelling to learn a new language, discover new places, or travel solo for the first time, can only have a positive impact on the work we produce. And this in turn creates longer lasting, loyal employees.