THE EFFECTS OF BUSINESS TRAVEL ON FAMILY, WORK AND HEALTH
Chia, A., National University of Singapore, Singapore
Many jobs now require frequent business travel. A study conducted in Singapore, a country with a large proportion of business travellers and a high emphasis on the social importance of the family, examined the effects of business travel on the travellers' family members and family relations, work satisfaction, work relations and health. More than nine hundred respondents, both business travelers and non-travellers, completed a questionnaire designed for this study. The results show that business travel was associated with mostly negative or neutral effects on travellers' family life and relations with their spouses, children and parents. Business travel was also associated with physical exhaustion. However, work relations did not seem to be adversely affected by business travel.