A holiday has always been a quick pick for everyone, but in the recent years, business travel is also gaining popularity. One of the reasons for it is that large companies are now operating out of multiple bases, and employees are having to continuously shunt from one city to another. Making new connections, managing existing accounts and the sense of independence one feels are other reasons that urge millennials to travel to different destinations. These pointers are not something that I have generated from my analysis, but even researches have shown that travelling more for business is actually good for your professional growth. Want to know the whys and hows of it? Then keep reading.
The simplest way in which travel helps is by inspiring. When you go new places, you meet new people, see different things, or probably the same things, done differently. You might get to know how a business project is executed there, and come home with new ideas. Everyone in the corporate world is in constant search for fresh ideas, so the inspiration you get from travelling could really get you places.
Travelling Imparts new Vigour
It is definitely true that work is what sustains us, but so is the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. What I mean to say is that nobody should be so overburdened by work that they don’t have the time to even relax and reboot their mind. This is where business trips can help. The journey, especially if it is long, can give you time to relax and not think about work for a while. Business trips can be hectic, especially if you are going for a high-profile meeting, where you are supposed to pitch in new ideas. You might be caught up in continuously storming your brain, but it’s really important to have a calm mind if you are to come up with good thoughts. So, take your time, enjoy the journey, don’t think about work, and believe me, good ideas will automatically come.
Travelling Enriches your Mind
Another way going on business trips helps you grow professionally is by enriching your knowledge. Forget international trips and just think about wandering around India. Every place you go has a different culture, different way of looking at life, different language, different everything. You are bound to learn something, and you never know what might prove to be significant later. So, keep travelling and learning new stuff, keep increasing your knowledge.
Travelling Results in Better Teamwork
In the office, work is the word; you hardly get time off. When you travel with colleagues, you get an opportunity to do something besides work. You can keep aside the ‘professional’ in you, and let the ‘person’ take over. You can get to know your colleagues as someone else besides someone you work with. You can get to know them personally, which helps strengthen the bond, resulting in better teamwork. Teamwork, today, is one of the core values companies look for in employees, so travelling with a co-worker is a really great opportunity for you to become better at it.
Travelling Makes New Connections and Keep the Current Accounts Active
Client Relations is an important profile in the business world, and coordination between the managers and their clients is what many companies rely on for success. Now, meetings can be held over the phone or even over the internet via video chat. Yet, meeting the client in person is essential, especially if the relationship is in its early or critical phase. Interacting face-to-face and spending more time together tends to instil a feeling of trust and satisfaction in the client.
These are just the ways I know in which travelling more can help you professionally, as I have experienced these in person. Naturally, its benefits will be different for different people. So, take any opportunity you get to go on a business trip and come back with more to you than ever before.