by Kate Lister
"Americans took more than 500 million domestic business trips in 2016. And while many workplace health programs for business travel provide immunizations, information about avoiding food-borne illness, and alerts about civil or political unrest, few focus on a more a common threat to health: the stress, sleep interruption, unhealthy eating and drinking, and lack of exercise that are common side effects of being on the road."
The study found that compared to those who spent 6 nights or less away from home, those who traveled for business 14 or more nights a month had higher body mass scores and were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety, depression, alcohol dependence, physical inactivity, and poor sleep. For extreme travelers, those who spent 21 or more nights a month traveling for business, were 92% more likely to be obese.
The HBR article suggests employers:
- Rethink the need for employee travel
- Increase employee awareness of the need to eat, exercise and sleep well while traveling
- Provide stress management and sleep hygiene training
- Book travelers at hotels that offer fitness options and/or provide gym memberships they can use wherever they travel