How to Respond to an Employer Who Demands You Travel for Work

It’s no secret that I like to travel extensively, and that part of my traveling includes work! However, with so many companies having operations overseas, I regularly hear from visitors to this website how often they are requested to travel as part of their jobs.

Now, for some, the prospect of traveling may be a happier element of their job, however, for many people, it can become a burden and leave them struggling with such requests.

I know that through working while traveling, it is not always the most glamorous job some will have you believe. In fact, it is often more than often trickier than being office-bound, with so many contributing factors.

If you are amongst the many people being asked to start traveling as part of your job, here is a little guidance of my own to help you establish some ground rules with your employer beforehand:

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for the Requirements of the Travel Upfront

All employees have a right to know what they are being requested to do before they embark on their travel. If there are problems at this stage, they can be discussed straight away, before further planning is undertaken.

Always Be Honest with Your Employer

If you have a problem with some of the requirements requested through this kind of travel, let them know immediately. Tell them up front how you feel truthfully about the proposal and don’t accept the task if you really do have a problem here.

Make Any Limitations Clear

Many of us have commitments which mean we shouldn’t always be expected to travel at the drop of a hat. If you are being asked to travel during a time which you know will cause a significant disruption to your outside commitments, inform your employer of the practicalities of your travel availability.