Problem

Excessive work-related travel

Other Names:
Overly frequent flying
Constant travelling as an occupational hazard
Nature:
Overly frequent travel causes stress. Major factors are the lack of support away from home, separation from one's family and heavy workloads. These result in perceived instability, emotional isolation and overwork without allowing recovery time from travel.

The symptoms include depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, beyond what is normal for jet lag. The ability to work efficiently is severely impaired by the stress of travel. Men tend to become aggressive and anxious; women tend to become obsessively tidy. The unwillingness of executives to admit any weakness that might endanger their career makes it hard to identify sufferers and help them find a solution.

Incidence:
Regular fliers are 3 times more likely to develop a stress-related psychological disorder than office-bound colleagues.
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate Action
Date of last update
26.05.1999 – 00:00 CEST