April 23 2020 - We've all had that resumé dropped on your desk, the great candidate with oodles of experience, extra
qualifications, amazing credentials, but there's just one tiny problem: they list traveling as one of their main hobbies. Doesn't that mean they
will be flaky, constantly needing holiday or unpaid leave to globe-trot around the world? Is this job just a stopgap to fund their next big
Maybe all of those things are true, but we're willing to bet that, for the most part, you have it completely wrong, and they could
be the best candidate you've ever interviewed.
Why a Travel-Loving Employee is Good for You
A love for travel is indicative
of a love of adventure, someone who isn't afraid to take risks, someone who loves life. These are all
qualities we'd love to have in a future employee, but there are a few added bonuses too.
Here are some of the
little-known skills avid travelers pick up on their adventures that could help them in their career with you.
- Timekeeping - Someone who needs to be at an airport at the right time or catch a bus in a foreign land has the art of
timekeeping down to a tee! Even if they don't realize it, this is a skill they will naturally pick up.
- Organizational skills - Being able to organize their trip calls on many of the skills they will need for a career. They may
need to organize their airport parking with a company like Parkon.com, travel insurance, hotels, transfers, flights, all sorts. Traveling can be like
a project management job, and many avid travelers pick up these skills without even realizing it.
- Communication - It probably goes without saying that learning to communicate can be one of the best skills anyone can pick up, whether that's in your own language or a completely new one. Communication isn't just about learning to say please and thank you in Mandarin –
Qǐng and 谢谢
it’s about learning the nuances of other cultures and how to
navigate any tricky situations that may arise.
- Teamwork - Passionate travelers rarely travel on their own. Sure, there is a growing trend for solo travel, but most people
prefer to be traveling as a group, whether they know the group or not. Group tours are immensely popular, and your travel-loving employees will
develop the skills to learn to cope with other people at their best and their worst, a skill that is vital in modern offices across the country.
Travel loving employees can benefit a team in a huge number of ways, and we can encourage them by listing all sorts of work perks, be
they air miles, hotel discounts, or even airport parking.
Why Travel is Good for Them
Taking time out of the workplace has been proven to help mental health. This boost to health, in turn, increases productivity and
reduces the amount of time your employees will spend on sick leave, and with all of the benefits we've listed above, it's clear that travel-loving
employees will be developing as valuable people - and employees - too.