Traveling for work seems like little more than a dream for most of us; however, there are plenty of roles out there for those looking to double-dip sightseeing with their nine-to-five.
Although being allowed to travel as part of your job is a privilege, it also requires a certain sense of responsibility. After all, those working as the face of a company abroad or serving to seal deals on-the-go inherently have a lot on their plate. Furthermore, many companies relying on remote workers go to great lengths to make sure they’re actually taking their roles seriously.
So, if you’re considering a role that allows you to travel part or full time, what do you need to consider before you say “yes” to the position? Below are three things every traveling worker should expect to deal with in some way, shape or form.
Expect to Undergo a Background Check
Simply put, companies need to be able to truly trust anyone and everyone they send traveling on their behalf.
While the concept of a background check might seem invasive, bear in mind that it’s standard procedure to make sure that companies aren’t potentially putting themselves in hot water for hiring someone who’s history isn’t on the up-and-up. The purpose of a background check isn’t to try to undermine your trust, but rather make sure your past history isn’t a potential liability for your employer.
What shows up on a background check anyway? Well, for starters your employees will be able to see…
- Your past criminal record (or lack thereof)
- Your credit and business history
- Records of your education, certifications and professional licenses
If your past history is clean and you haven’t embellished anything throughout your applications or during the interview process, chances are you don’t have anything to worry about.
Expect to Report Back to Your Boss
During your initial days of business travel, be expected to remain on a relatively short leash with your boss or manager. Some workers have trouble staying disciplined while working remotely, which means that your higher-ups might want to see regular documentation of your day-to-day activities or a daily supervisor report.
Whether it’s proof of where you’ve been spending your time and money on the company dime or a daily call-in, don’t expect to spend much time goofing off while traveling. Remember: a traveling job is still a job.
Expect to Deal with Loneliness
Everyone wants to discuss the pros of being a traveling worker, but few want to talk about the negative aspects of being able to do your job on-the-go.
From spending time away from your family to long stretches without much personal contact, it’s natural to deal with bouts of boredom, loneliness or even depression during frequent travel. Thankfully, it’s arguably easier than ever to keep connected with your personal relationships thanks to Facebook and FaceTime: simply make it a priority to keep in touch with others even if it’s just for a few minutes per day.
Likewise, don’t spend all of your time cramped up in your hotel room. If you have the opportunity, try to strike up conversation with others at local spots rather than be a shut-in. While you should obviously focus on work, there’s no harm in trying to take in some culture and conversation while you’re traveling.
The ability to travel for work can be a blessing, but sometimes it comes with some hidden baggage. By understanding these expectations, you can decide whether or not you think traveling for work is right of you.