Travel for Business at Your Own Risk
Too much business travel may be hazardous to your health. A new study by Professor Tracey Revenson and Andrew Rundle of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University has found that there are behavioral and mental health consequences for people who travel for business more than two weeks a month.
With estimates by the Global Business Travel Association of more than half a billion business trips in the United States in 2016, the potential consequences for business travelers can be significant.
The study found that people who travel extensively for business are more likely to smoke, report trouble sleeping, be sedentary, report feelings of anxiety or depression, and, for those who use alcohol, show symptoms of more alcohol dependence.
Because business traveling continues to grow, the study concludes with recommendations for employers and employees. For employers, the authors suggest providing “programs to help employees manage stress and maintain health while traveling for work.” For the busy business traveler, when it comes to sleep, diet, exercise, and alcohol, their suggestion is: Be responsible.
The study, “Business Travel and Behavioral and Mental Health,” was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.