Travelling and sufficient recovery

A large share of the members of The Finnish Business School Graduates travel on business. For some, work trips may bring welcome change to normal work, but sometimes so many travel days accrue that they cause significant burden and endanger sufficient recovery. Especially when flying, sufficient recovery time must be taken into account.

Work-related travelling outside working hours is not regarded as working time unless considered part of the work performance. Therefore, travelling in one's own time may not show in working time records nor is an employee automatically compensated for it.

Regardless of this, an employer must also take into account work-related travelling and the resulting burden when assessing risks involved in the work. Occupational well-being can also be developed in work involving travelling.

Stress factors in work involving travelling include:

  • The number of travel days (accumulated work, impacts on the coordination of work and other spheres of life);
  • the length of travel days (longer days, more hours, more time bound to work even if travel time is not regarded as working time);
  • night-time departures or arrivals (impact on the day rhythm of a person's body is comparable to night work);
  • beginning work straight after travelling (there may not be sufficient time for normal resting if work begins straight after the arrival of a night flight);
  • long recurrent flights are a stress factor due to onboard conditions (lower pressure than on the ground, cramped passenger space and staying put).